The next stop on SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 is the infamous Milton Keynes. Oh how I’ve been looking forward to this one, I lied.
Interesting things about the city.
Milton Keynes fills me with both animosity and wonder, but I can’t determine why. It’s a disturbing blend of office blocks and shopping centres, and a magnet for commuters, but looks like it’s hiding something behind the scenes. Even the view from Google Maps is spooky.
If I could describe what the edge of the universe looks like, Milton Keynes would be it. It’s not somewhere I’d want to get, let alone miss the last train at.
The Milton Keynes LEGO store.
The male staff member at the Cardiff store let me in on something: the Milton Keynes store is the oldest of the LEGO stores, identified by its grey facade. All the other stores have either been refurbished or built in the new design.
You can also tell something is up by the unusual shape of the interior, as well as the PAB wall and feature placement.
Milton Keynes’ showcase.
… Actually, Milton Keynes doesn’t have a showcase. I’d looked for one three times and couldn’t see it, so I’d asked the staff. Apparently they’ve never even heard of the showcase initiative (at least at the Milton Keynes store)
The Pick A Brick (PAB) wall.
Milton Keynes is infamous for having a small Pick A Brick wall, with the bin contents having a mix of parts. Have a look at the video or in the dedicated Flickr album to see what I mean.
Thoughts about the store.
I had no idea why, but I wasn’t looking forward to this visit at all. I guess my previous visit to the Milton Keynes store – late in the day and virtually empty – had weirded me out.
In any case, my visit was very brief. The store wasn’t empty, but the two staff members there were busy talking among themselves. If I hadn’t asked them to stamp my passport, or about the missing showcase, I don’t think they would have made conversation.
I like how the PAB wall is lit, and I think its mixed containers could actually be fun to contend with, particularly if you’re new to the concept.
The Milton Keynes store is probably the smallest in the UK, so you probably wouldn’t visit unless you were nearby.
Also mentioned in Cardiff is that both Milton Keynes and Watford close at 6pm on weekdays. It became a race against time to complete the triple, as Watford is an hour by train from Milton Keynes.
After breathing a light sigh of relief that the Milton Keynes visit was completed in record time, there was still time to make it to Watford.