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The Range

The Range is a fast-growing retailer which sells great value home, leisure and garden products across the UK. Established over 30 years ago in Plymouth, Devon, the company is owned and run by self-made billionaire Chris Dawson who started out as a market trader in the South West of England. The first store opened in 1989 under the name CDS and there are now over 190 stores across the UK and Ireland.

The Range in Bury is the retailer’s 200th store across the UK and Ireland and will be home to an Iceland Café, luxury Jonas & James Kitchen Showroom and its 100th Iceland in-store. 

It will provide products from the retailer’s much loved Home Décor, Furniture and Kitchen & Dining collections, alongside everyday essentials from Petcare to Cleaning supplies. The store will also have a large Christmas selection offering trees, lights, decorations and more to shop for all you want for Christmas.

The store’s opening hours are Mon – Sat 9am – 8pm, Sun 10:30 – 4:30pm

For more information about the store please visit:

The Range is opening at The Rock

The Range is planning to open its 200th store at The Rock, Bury, this November.

The new store will be located on the site of the old Debenhams store, which closed in May this year, and is due to open on Friday 19th November.

An additional 120 full and part-time jobs will be created when the Bury branch opens, which is sure to have a positive impact on the local economy.

This job creation is exciting news during what has been an extremely challenging time for the retail sector.

Recruitment for the new store is underway and applicants can send details to the following email address: [email protected]

The new store will be spread over three floors and provide great value products across over 65,000 square feet of shopping space. From the much-loved home décor, furniture, and kitchen & dining selections that the UK retailer is known for, to everyday essentials from pet care to cleaning supplies, the new Bury store will be packed full of everything you might need for your home, leisure and garden.

In addition, Bury’s will have one of The Range’s amazing Christmas shops as part of the new store, selling trees, lights, decorations and much more to
make this Festive season even more magical.

There will be an Iceland café in-store which will be serving a wide selection of hot food and drinks including breakfast and other meal choices. The store will also be home to a luxury kitchen showroom from Jonas & James, who offer market leading quality kitchens combined with outstanding value. The collections span from ultra-contemporary to traditional favourites and incorporate the latest on-trend colours.

Not only will Bury be the 200th Range store to open across the UK and Ireland, but it will also mark the 100th Iceland in-store.

This 100th Iceland launch within The Range is a true representation of the depth and success of the partnership between The Range and Iceland, which has gone from strength to strength since the alliance was formed in 2018.

The new Iceland department will offer a wide choice of meal options at great value prices, from wellknown Iceland exclusive brands such as Greggs and Slimming World, to usual essentials like milk, bread and veg.

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Leader of Bury Council commented on the new Range superstore: “This is a real coup for Bury and reflects the strength of our town centre offer. In attracting such a big national operator, we will be able to attract even more people to Bury and generate more jobs for local people. We know that businesses have been hit hard over Covid, and so the Council remains fully committed to supporting them with an ambitious recovery plan for our borough. But this is a great early sign that Bury’s recovery has already begun.”

Arnold Wilcox-Wood, Centre Director at The Rock, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming The Range to The Rock. The brand is hugely popular and is a great addition to our tenant mix, strengthening our shopping offer and it complements the rest of our retailers very well. After a challenging 18 months this is really positive news for both The Rock and Bury town centre as a whole and we look forward to the new store opening in time for the festive season.”

Mr Wilcox-Wood added: “We’re sure The Range will be well received by our visitors and the job creation within the town is to be applauded.”

There’s plenty of exciting activities planned for the opening of the new store in Bury so keep an eye on local news and social media where more information will be released soon! The new store will be operating in line with current Government covid guidelines when it opens in November.

Click & Collect at The Rock: Denise Lewis’s debut range with Next

If you’re looking for a fresh outfit for your home workouts, we’ve got you covered! Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE has teamed up with Next (one of our resident retailers here at The Rock) to release a Spring 2021 activewear range.

The collection features key performance clothing essentials such as leggings, sports bras and breathable tops (all of which are available in sizes 6 to 22 or XS to XXL) that can be ordered online on the Next website and collected in-store at The Rock.

The perfect accompaniment to your home workouts

The debut Denise Lewis Edit is comprised of pieces that have been tested and approved by the Olympian herself. Suitable for a wide range of workouts, the collection has all the major features you’d expect from activewear staples – from sweat-wicking squat-proof leggings that lift your legs whilst keeping you cool, to inner waistbands and side pockets that are essential for keeping valuables secure.

As well as being a great accompaniment to your home workouts during lockdown, the collection is also engineered for “the gym of life” – in other words, it’s perfect for keeping you comfortable while going about your daily duties. Specially created with busy mums in mind, it caters for women who don’t always have time to fit workouts into their schedules.

This is certainly something mother-of-four Denise can relate to. Nevertheless, she finds that activewear keeps her looking and feeling good whilst juggling parental responsibilities, allowing her to go from running errands to working out without a wardrobe change.

“What I love about activewear is that it’s easy. It doesn’t matter what time of the day I put it on. It’s simple. I can go to the gym, I can pick up the kids from school. It’s just comfortable and I feel good in it.” – Denise Lewis


Stylish pieces made from breathable fabrics

Denise’s range is suitable for a host of different workouts – from high intensity training to low impact stretching and yoga – making her debut edit a versatile one-stop-shop for all your activewear needs.

With plenty of printed patterns and colourful designs to choose from, the collection doesn’t compromise on style. One of Denise’s favourites is the zip up hoody because it’s versatile and easy to throw on at a moment’s notice:

“I just love this zip up hoody, it’s such a strong piece. It’s perfect to throw on whether you’re coming from the gym and heading out to go shopping or picking up the kids, it’s just easy. The attention to detail is fabulous, a little bit edgy – I like!”

To cap off the outfits, Next have also developed technical trainers as part of the collection. Suitable for running and high impact activities, these sports shoes are lightweight yet supportive, available in four colours and with a moulded heel to prevent inward or outward pronation.

“These trainers are great for running or high impact activity. They’re really comfy and supportive – my feet don’t slip inside and they really grip the ground!”


So, if you’re looking to give your workout wardrobe a revamp, why not head over to the Next website to explore the Denise Lewis Edit? You can then collect in-store at The Rock.

To take a look at how we’re working to keep you safe during these unprecedented times, visit our article on customer safety measures within our centre.

Emma Willis releases sportswear range at Next

Emma Willis releases a sportswear range with Next to make your 2020 workouts a stylish affair

After designing four clothing ranges for Next, Emma Willis is continuing this collaboration with a 2020 sportswear collection, inspired by a desire to develop “sportswear that looked really good but was functional, and didn’t cost the earth.”

The design process

For her latest collection, Emma adds another string to her bow. As a passionate advocate of healthy living, moving into sportswear design was a natural segue for her.

“Sportswear was something I really wanted to do…January just seems perfect because you have that month of indulgence for Christmas”.

Thinking back on her own experiences with sportswear, Emma’s aim was to design pieces that were all about functionality, style and affordability.

The collection

Emma has released a collection that has everything you need for an active lifestyle.

“With a hectic work schedule and busy family life, exercising is important to me; it really helps me to stay focused and feel strong. Adding sportswear to the collection felt like a natural fit, there’s pieces suitable for any workout and we’ve also included some super comfy hoodies and joggers too”. –Emma Willis

The leggings are the perfect example of functionality and style combined. A deep waistband, sweat-wicking fabric and four way stretch technology means the leggings stay comfortable for every twist, lunge, jump and squat. They come in two styles, one with a graphic print and one in neon trimmed plain grey.

There are also two swimsuits for those who are more into swimming lengths than sweating at HIIT classes. One is a textured square neck black piece with white piping detail and the other is a high neck racer with crossover back detail. They’ve both been designed for function and support and feature discreet built-in cups.

How Emma stays healthy

Emma takes a holistic approach to health, making sure to pay attention to both her physical and mental wellbeing. Working out is about looking after body instead of looking a certain way. “I’m doing it to stay strong and stay able as I get older”, Emma explains.

She also doesn’t put pressure on herself in terms of setting a strict routine.

“I start with being realistic, looking at fitness week by week and judging how much time I have available to train…so I don’t get stressed out by not doing as much every week as I’d like to.”

Variety is key, although Emma does have a few preferences. Morning workouts are better than evening sessions and boxing and reformer pilates are her favourite classes.

When it comes to looking after her mental wellbeing, the mum-of-three makes sure she sets time aside for herself and for self-care.

“Finding time for yourself every week is so important. Normally, other things that take up my week are for my family with household chores etc. so I do recommend having some time during your week which is just something for yourself.”

Emma’s approach to diet

A healthy diet is essential to Emma. After the indulgent holiday period, she makes sure she restores the balance by going sugar-free in January.

Her daily diet will usually consist of an omelette for breakfast, salad or soup for lunch, and a nutrient rich dinner, like homemade stews or roasted vegetables.

Her husband, singer Matt Willis, even created a foolproof recipe for avoiding chocolate cravings.

“I’m not sure if Matt actually invented or discovered this, but he came up with this dessert for me at night so I don’t eat chocolate: coconut yoghurt, almond butter and some cacao powder (just the tip of the teaspoon).”

Set your 2020 goals in motion with Emma Willis’ sportswear capsule range. The collection will be available in store from Tuesday 31st December.


Stay snug this autumn with Emma Willis’s latest collection for Next

This season, the TV star’s designs are sophisticated and chic, with heritage-style prints and a classic feel – the perfect addition to your 2020 autumn wardrobe. 

Emma Willis’s newest collection with Next features outerwear, loungewear, lingerie and denim from sizes 6 to 22. 

Read on to find out about the design inspiration behind the latest collection, which is currently available online and in-store at The Rock Bury

Stylish Autumn Staples


While the previous collection consisted of bold colours and paisley prints, the colour palette for the latest collection is more neutral, striking the perfect balance between autumnal tones.

As well as neutral block colours (very à la mode for autumn 2020), Emma has designed a checked blazer, a staple for colder weather.

The checked blazer comes in two different colours that are easy to pair with most autumnal colours, ‘Port Check’ and ‘Brown Check’. If you love checked styles, you will be happy to know that the collection not only includes a checked blazer but two checked coats – perfect variations for your autumn wardrobe!

“Two things I love are blazers and checks…so we’ve done a checked blazer!! And we’ve done it in two different types of checks!” – Emma Willis 

Clothes to Keep You Feeling Cosy

The designer and presenter’s latest collection includes staple autumn colours such as navy, brown and tan with pieces that will keep you feeling cosy and toasty from autumn to winter.

The range also features roll necks that come in red, orange-brown and camel as well as long sleeved tops and padded jackets for ultimate warmth.

After the success of last year’s puffer coat, this year’s collection brings a revamped puffer, designed to keep you feeling cosier than ever and with darker colour options available.

“Last year’s puffer coat was really popular so we’ve decided to do it again but we’ve given it a little makeover! It’s slightly darker khaki, it’s got a bigger neck, bigger hood and we’ve also added in a black colourway!”

Working from Home Style

Emma’s latest collection also consists of chunky knitwear and wide leg trousers – easy to wear when working from home because of their relaxed fit and added manoeuvrability.

Chunky knitwear is back for this collection, available in several colour variations to keep you toasty when pottering around the house.

“We’ve revisited the chunky knit again this year in a lovely cream and a dark navy but we’ve made it shorter so it’s tuckable!”

If you want to get extra comfy, the presenter’s latest loungewear sets are also great, loose-fitted additions to your WFH wardrobe.

The sets vary from a knitted black to a pink two-piece to suit different tastes.

The latest Emma Willis Collection is now available in-store at The Rock Bury and online on the Next website.  

Bury awarded Purple Flag

Bury has become the first town centre in Greater Manchester to fly the Purple Flag in recognition of its thriving night-time entertainment.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Green Flag for Parks and Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between 6pm and 6am.

To achieve Purple Flag status the Bury team had to provide information relating to a number of criteria including cleanliness and safety, movement and transport, the range of attractions, entertainment and events, high quality environment and strong partnership working. This was followed by a late night visit from external assessors to see the town centre in action.

The assessors were particularly impressed with the commitment and evidence of bringing art and culture into the night time economy in Bury. This was seen first hand by the assessors as their assessment coincided with the annual Bury Light Night event in October which this year attracted 25,000 visitors. The assessors also commented on the strong sense of leadership from Bury Council and its partnership with all stakeholders including Greater Manchester Police and the town’s Pub Watch and Street Pastor groups.

Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of the council, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the ongoing excellence of Bury town centre. Purple Flag status reflects our recognition of the importance of the night time economy and builds on our overall approach to ensure that the town centre continues to support the wider economy while also supporting our work on the Greater Manchester Alcohol Strategy.

“Bury was recently ranked third best retail destination in Greater Manchester, after the city centre and the Trafford Centre, and was in the top three in the recent Urbanism Great Towns award. This is further proof that Bury continues to go from strength to strength, outperforming neighbouring towns in Greater Manchester for both our day and night time economies.”

The scheme is managed by the Association of Town Centre Managers working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory Committee – a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as well as sponsors Diageo Great Britain.

Since 2007, the programme has awarded Purple Flag status to 54 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited towns have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and decrease in crime within the night time economy.

Legacy Pets

Legacy Pets are setting a new standard of superior care for your pets.

They provide a beautiful and serene environments to say your final goodbyes and offer a range of hand-selected urns and keepsakes for you to cherish.

Planning Suite: 

Their Planning Suite is the first of it’s kind in the country – giving families the opportunity to come and meet their team to plan their pet’s final journey. They will even be offering alternative payment options to spread the cost.

When they’re putting together the idea of their next venture, it was imperative that they give families the option to spread the cost of their pet’s final journey – they know themselves how financially difficult recent years have become and they hate the thought of families settling for second best for their loved one because they simply cannot gather funds in time.

Their Planning Suite allows you to come and meet their team for free, friendly advice about your pet’s end of life plan and put things into place for when the time comes. They know how heartbreaking it is to think about life without your best friend, but they also know first-hand the heartbreak some families go through when they look back and wish they’d done things differently for their pet when it was time to say goodbye.

Jewellery and Keepsake Showroom:

Their Jewellery & Keepsakes Showroom showcases only the best pieces of fine keepsake jewellery that are hand-crafted and made with love. They have an extensive range of Jewellery on display to purchase, each with different options and variants on material and colour – meaning you can personalise your chosen piece to perfectly mirror the personality of your loved one to cherish forever. It is extremely important to them to include something for everyone in their new Showroom. Their displays range from resin comfort stones right through to 1.5ct Diamond rings – ensuring that every price range is covered and every customer that walks in to their Showroom will find a piece within their budget.

Their Showroom offers rings, pendants, necklaces, cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, portraits, candles, urns and more!

Home improvements: The biggest trends to look out for in 2021

Having a comfortable and secure place to live has never been so important. 2020 was the year when our living spaces turned into home offices, classrooms or gyms; maybe even all three! Many of us revisited abandoned DIY projects and gave our homes a much-needed makeover.

If you’re keen to give your home a spruce-up yet aren’t sure where to start, retailer Next has analysed Google search data for hundreds of home décor queries to find out what the UK’s most popular home décor themes and trends could be for 2021.

Their research covers how searches for particular home décor queries have evolved over the last four years, as well as how they differ from region to region.

For example, out of all the counties analysed, Manchester is the place most likely to search for “home theatre” – with a sizeable 28.6% of the average monthly searches coming from the Greater Manchester area.

Other popular search terms for Greater Mancunians are “black and gold living room” (a trend that residents of West Yorkshire and the West Midlands are also Googling) and “basketweave floor”.

Feeling inspired yet? Keep reading to get all the home inspiration you need before you head to The Rock Next store post-lockdown!



During lockdown, many of us searched for a way to incorporate the country feel of a weekend away or rural escape into our own home décor. By analysing Google searches between March and October last year, Next discovered that “French country décor” increased by a monumental +515% in searches, with “country cottage décor” and “modern farmhouse decor” also rising significantly.

Next Home’s design manager Susie Gibson believes that the modern country trend is here to stay in 2021: “Modern country is a pared back country style inspired by British boutique hotels. Next’s Charlbury or Gosford sofas reference classical details and form with a pared back feel. The Gloucester lighting range is smart and stylish, perfect for an upgraded elegant country style.”

Similarly to the country theme, queries for rustic-related furnishing rose in popularity throughout 2020. The most popular searches were “rustic desks” and “rustic living rooms” which increased by 260% and 90% respectively last year. Interior designer Nicola Burt emphasises the versatility of the rustic theme:

“A relaxed rustic look with dark, dull metals would suit an industrial urban space, whereas a more ‘cottagecore’ country look may work better in a rural or period property. […] This look requires layers – whether that is pattern, texture or colour – to make it look cosy and inviting.”

If you’re a fan of countryside-inspired décor, be sure to take a look at Next’s collection of rustic home décor, available to click and collect at The Rock.




Creating your own safe haven and cocooning yourself in your own furniture is set to be a big trend in 2021 – whether it’s snuggling up in a beanbag chair or spending a Sunday with the family on a comfy sofa.

“There is a desire for ultra-comfy low-level loungers, in fabrics such as velvet, bouclé, and soft, natural linens. […] Homeowners want deeply comfortable seating – a sofa to lie down on, as well being large enough for everyone to sit on together,” says Nicola.   

When choosing your cocoon furnishings, it’s important to take shapes and colours into account. Nicola believes that rounded shapes and rich colours are the key to creating one’s own sanctuary:

“Squishy sofas, curved furniture shapes, and tactile, snuggly fabrics are in demand. Sofa trends feature rounded curves and geometric patterns, as well as 1920s-inspired occasional chairs with scalloped backs in rich tones of emerald green, royal blue, paprika or deep burgundy.”

If cosy furnishings take your fancy, then take a look at Next’s Home Sanctuary edit for inspiration.



Studies have shown that spending more time outdoors has great health benefits such as reducing stress and increasing productivity. As such, it’s no wonder we were searching for ways to bring the outside in during 2020. Google searches for “indoor plant pots” grew by a huge +173% between March and October last year, whilst “indoor hanging baskets” jumped in searches by +50%. Nicola believes that our newfound appreciation of nature in 2020 will continue this year:

“During the pandemic people wanted to feel close to nature and many don’t have access to a garden, so they brought plants into their homes instead. […] Plants are not only good to look at and bring life to a space, but many indoor plants have health-giving properties; detoxifying the air so we can sleep better, for example.”

As we live in such a digital world, Biophilia helps to inject some much-needed nature into our home décor. Injecting some green into our lives instantly helps to uplift our moods and circulate the air indoors.

“Biophilic design gained more awareness during the pandemic, when everyone’s desire for outside space increased, and the realisation that nature makes us feel good and is beneficial to our health both physically and mentally. […] Along with the upsurge in biophilic design, the colour green has also increased in popularity. Just looking at something green can help to decrease your heart rate and decrease stress,” says Nicola.


Ready for a home makeover? Then be sure to explore Next’s full range of home furnishings online, also available to click and collect from The Rock Shopping Centre once lockdown has eased.


Revamp your wardrobe with Emma Willis’s latest collection for Next

The TV star has designed a range of chic and cosy pieces for your winter wardrobe – the perfect accompaniment to the colder months. 

Her recent collection with Next features pieces that are a great addition to your working from home wardrobe and will bring some colour to your outfits for the dark and gloomy winter days ahead.

Read on to find out about her latest collection, ready to order online from the Next website and collect in-store at The Rock Bury.

A fashionable edge to working from home


While the previous collection focused on getting comfortable working from home, Emma’s newest collection brings a touch of professionalism back into her styles. Her range continues to put comfort as a priority, as many of the pieces come in soft fabrics such as cotton and satin, combining comfort with professionalism.

Emma has designed a white cotton shirt for the collection, as well as black sheer tops that can be worn for work or for any virtual events in your calendar. Other staple pieces include the cropped denim and wide leg trousers which can be a nice change from loungewear and pyjamas.

Bringing colour to gloomy days

Emma’s latest collection will brighten up your wardrobe with bolder colour choices. The edit consists of bright orange, soft olive and dark blue – colours that are easy to pair with. Whether you are trying to be adventurous or stick to an understated style, the pieces are super versatile and available in a range of colours. The chunky roll neck top, for example, which comes in orange, cream and navy blue, can be paired nicely with cropped jeans or suit trousers.


“This jumper was such a hit in the last collection we’ve done it again but in a brand new colour, with trousers to match.” 

Emma’s love of colour has also prompted her to design pieces in a range of fabrics and prints – from the long-sleeved animal print dress to the divine velvet suit in olive green. Both pieces are perfect for celebratory evenings at home.

“It’s no surprise that we’ve done another suit for this collection…but this time we’ve done something totally different! We have gone velvet, we have gone green, and it’s super comfortable, super slouchy, and perfect for Christmas.” –Emma Willis 

Staying snug in style

As the colder months are now here, the new collection has pieces that will have you covered – quite literally! There’s plenty to keep you warm and snug during your outdoor winter walks. The edit features coats that range from formal to casual, with padded puffers and workout-appropriate jackets.

The new collection boasts a range of fabrics, with the formal Bouclé Revere Coat that comes in khaki and is easy to match with the khaki rib high neck. If you are tempted to opt for something more casual, Emma’s weather-proof padded jacket also pairs well with the rib high neck tops – available in either khaki or cream and great at keeping you warm.

What’s great about this collection is that not only does it keep you cosy when you are out and about but the pieces also come in a range of size options – from Curve to Regular fit.

Visit the Next website to order pieces from the latest Emma Willis Collection and collect in-store at The Rock Bury.

Emma Willis is back with a spring 2020 collection at Next

Emma Willis on leaving her comfort zone, designing her first ever footwear range and bringing a pop of colour to her spring 2020 Edit

A year since launching her first clothing launch for Next, Emma Willis is back with a spring 2020 edit featuring footwear for the very first time. We sat down with the presenter to hear about her latest range which launches online on the 27th February and in store at The Rock Bury on the 10th March.

On Designing Footwear

With five collections already under her belt, this will be the presenter’s first range that features footwear. Emma’s previous collections included lingerie, jewellery and sportswear but this range features shoes and sandals that can be styled for multiple occasions.

“With sandals, I like something that’s super simple and flattering on the legs. I tend to wear flats more in the summer.”

The footwear designs successfully continue her philosophy as a designer, where she prioritises combining style, comfort and affordability for her collections with Next. This season’s pieces are easily adaptable, perfect for any occasion and for taking you from spring into summer.


On Embracing Colour

As well as designing footwear for the first time, Emma has stepped out of her comfort zone with this collection by becoming increasingly adventurous with her colour choices.

While this collection sees pops of red, blue and white present in dresses, skirts and tailoring, past collections have stuck to more muted and neutral tones. This move towards colour is testament to the fact Emma is becoming more comfortable than ever and is seizing the opportunity to explore bold colours and patterns, especially during spring and summertime.

Meanwhile, her favourite pieces from the latest range are a surprising choice for the mum-of-three, who always claimed to favour trousers over dresses.

“I would say my favourite pieces in this collection are surprisingly all the dresses. I honestly think we’ve nailed it. They’re really easy to wear, really versatile, you can wear them to work or out to drinks, they cover up in all the right places. I am for the first time in my life saying that dresses are my favourite bit.”

On Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones

Emma is living proof that stepping out of your comfort zone can yield great results – an approach she tries to pass onto her daughters. She also wants to instil compassion and kindness in them:

“I would like them to know their worth. I want them to be strong in body and mind but also kind and compassionate and caring – I suppose all the things I feel I got from my mum, I hope that they will have got from me and from my mum.”


Emma’s latest spring edit includes a range of leopard, polka dot and Eastern-influenced designs in sizes 6-22. It’s available online from 27th February or in store at The Rock Bury from 10th March.