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New bank in Crawley launching with two day party (and you can bring your dog)

Metro Bank is officially unveiling its new store in Crawley on Friday, 2nd and Saturday, 3rd November.

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Metro Bank, Southampton [Image: Twitter, @Metro_Bank]

To mark the occasion, the bank is inviting businesses, residents and four-legged friends to a two-day grand opening party.

Celebrations will kick off from Friday morning, with freebies and entertainment, including stilt walkers, a DJ, free manicures, face painting and a dog show.

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, will officially open the store, along with the bank’s hosts Local Director, Doug Howell and Store Manager, Nicky Ascenso.

Everyone is invited meet the team at 25 Queens Square, RH10 1HA.

Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley said:

“We welcome Metro Bank to the community and its new presence will be a great addition to Crawley’s town centre. The bank has chosen a very prominent location which will be convenient for local businesses and residents.”

Craig Donaldson, CEO at Metro Bank commented:

“I’m delighted we are now part of the Crawley community and introducing real choice into how people bank. Our new seven-day-a-week store, which is supported by state-of-the-art technology, will act as a central hub; hosting regular networking events for businesses, as well as charity and fun-family events for local residents throughout the year. Most importantly, the store will be supported by friendly colleagues, who are committed to ensuring customers receive the very best banking experience.”

Metro Bank Crawley will provide instant account opening, along with on-the-spot card printing, meaning customers can walk in without an appointment and walk out with a fully-functioning account.

What’s more, the store will have over 3,000 safe deposit boxes for people to store their valuables and coin counting facilities that are free to be used by customers and non-customers alike.

All Metro Bank stores are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Fridays, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, 362 days a year.

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The Harry Potter Shop™ lands at Gatwick North Terminal

London Gatwick has welcomed The Harry Potter Shop™ to its North Terminal.

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As the UK enjoys the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the new 614 sq ft store offers a fantastic selection of items from across the Wizarding World.

From gifts to clothing, souvenirs to collectibles, Gatwick’s latest addition will offer a unique experience for the airport’s global passenger mix. Over 46 million passengers travel through Gatwick each year, with the airport offering connections to over 220 destinations, including more than 60 long-haul routes.

Tyler Miles, 10, visits The Harry Potter Shop before heading off on holiday from Gatwick.

Amongst the great winter gifts that can be purchased are Harry Potter Christmas jumpers and a winter accessories set including hat, scarf and gloves. Wizarding World fans can even bag a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, mystery flying Snitch or – the ultimate must-have for any aspiring wizard or witch – their favourite character’s wand.

Jonathan Sands of The Harry Potter Shop™ said:

“We are so proud to open the newest of our official Harry Potter Shops at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Our aim is to create a unique shopping experience, offering the best of what the Wizarding World has to offer.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said:

“I am thrilled to welcome such a popular and iconic brand to Gatwick. The Harry Potter Shop™ is a fantastic addition to the retailers at Gatwick as we continue to focus on providing great choice and value for our passengers through our mix of shops and restaurants.”

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