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Whittards (not really but almost)
why wouldn't you want a face sized bar of Galaxy to go with it?!
My sister used to work in Smiths, she was shit at forcing Chocolate Oranges on people and therefore missed out on the commission they get for it.
WH Smiths closing most of their shops and only being based in train stations and airports.
the fucking cunts.
I think they're part of a larger group though.
Currys annoy me with their expensive stuff and hassling you to get an extended guarantee.
we won't have a highstreet left.
wager that the High Street will look a very different place this time next year. Recession will come early next year, more stores will go if they haven't had a good Christmas and more unemployment means less people wanging their cash down the High Street, meaning more stores closing. With no-one to fill the gaps that have been left.
I hope the coffee shops go first.
where they boarded up the empty shops and painted fake shop fronts onto them.
or one of those other sportswear shops.
I don't really know to be honest so I just started listing shops that annoy me
i reckon if it was even at risk, everyone who shops there would donate ten quid to keep it open.
was gonna say no chance too. Primark is more like Mecca than a shop!
when they have less money. Ummm.
I detest the place and its very nature.
And many more poorer people exploited.
Like Woolworths, Borders has been on the ropes for a while.
I think that BhS and Sainsbury’s might be a bit wobbly too, and it wouldn’t surprise me if HMV/Waterstones merged their shops and closed half of them.
One of either Nero or Costa coffee will take over the other, and Burtons could easily be sold off as well.
were down, but still looking ok. They're in much better shape generally than they were a couple of years ago - pre-Jamie Oliver, they'd have gone under in the current climate.
They haven’t got the room for manoeuvre when it comes to prices that Tesco and Asda do, and they’re caught aiming for a market that’s going to disappear.
I don’t think that they’ll go under, but I can see an asset stripper buying them.
Somerfield and Morrisons would get in trouble first though. Morrison's especially are in huge trouble - they massively overspent on rebranding Safeway stores. Made a huge loss on that.
And Morrisons have steadied the ship since the Safeway takeover. They're seen as a safer bet than Sainsbury's now.
Anyway, I forgot one: Boots. They're right up the shitter.
as that'll mess Nottingham right up.
some of the ones back home have been disappearing.
They were hardly doing great when I finished working for them a year and a half ago.
I know the american Borders sold them off a while back.
"Some analysts have speculated that 10 to 15 more retail chains could collapse in 2009."
Some are saying up to 40 brands!
Anyway, the Pier have gone pop too, so add them to your list. Culpeppers too.
i forgot about The Pier. Never heard of Culpeppers, probably why it's gone.
also MFI, though not really 'high street'.
Aren't they meant to be having trouble?
Are meant to be in heaps of trouble which is nice
Monsoon sometimes have some nice dresses
when i mentioned my extreme gloom and doom in the past ( people mostly said i was bing too gloomy and was spouting bullsh*t......why are people now copying all the nonsense that i said? Why are you all speculating on stuff closing when it hasnt yet?
its an omen I tells ya
I cant see that BHS seems to have anything that would save it
in small town centres there pretty popular..
Can I expect even cheaper dvd prices if i go in today?
as punishment for the stupid name change
It's parent company is McDonalds.
Oxford Street's starting to look like West Croydon; boxes full of rubbish, garish closing down signs and shoppers looking forlorn and lost.
This is actually really really exciting, it's just crazy, these massive companies being flattened, reduced to begging you to buy their shit.
On the whole, a recession will lead to consolidation in the sector, with fewer, but bigger operators.
This leads to increased efficiencies, yes, but also a lack of choice and a lack of competition.
looks like Baghdad on a bad day!
Finally, a clear out of the dominant brands and a chance for small / medium businesses to flourish in their place (eventually).
In some kind of theoretical way, could the end of Zavvi not boost the success of independent record shops? So many people aspire to shopping independently, but are too lazy to and get what they can on the high street. With a smaller high street presence for huge music shops, people who want to buy records will be pushed back to independent shops... And even in the mainstream side of indie music, there's still massive sentimentality for independent music scenes and DIY and so on (if anything the NME is so irritating because it stills harbours delusions of these respectable aspects of music), so the TopShop kids will be inclined to travel further to get their music.
you'll just get two HMVs instead of an HMV and a Zavvi.
the vast majority of independent record stores have already died.
Stand Out in Salisbury is now the only decent indie between London and Bristol! Oxford, Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bath, Swindon and Bournemouth don't have a single good independent record store between them*
*I'm not counting dance music specialists or second hand stores.
Hmmmmmm......pay 200 quid more than I need to for my D-SLR?