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Old Jun 7th 2018, 10:55 am
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So today we have Poundworld in administration and House of Fraser closing down half its stores (administration in a couple of years then). It's amazing how these how school retailers are being killed off - probably by Amazon.

One thing I noticed on my last trip was the rise in the Drive Through Costa. Several new ones opening in my local area and the open ones are super busy with lines of cars. I'm quite surprised at how popular they are - looks like people are specifically driving to them.
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So today we have Poundworld in administration and House of Fraser closing down half its stores (administration in a couple of years then). It's amazing how these how school retailers are being killed off - probably by Amazon.

One thing I noticed on my last trip was the rise in the Drive Through Costa. Several new ones opening in my local area and the open ones are super busy with lines of cars. I'm quite surprised at how popular they are - looks like people are specifically driving to them.

Chester high street is now home to several Pound lands, betting and charity shops
We have big retail parks which are always packed. We have lots of tea shops but thankfully not many coffee places. Us Northerners are partial to a pot of tea and a cake. It is sad to see the demise of my high street and my Niece was distraught at The Disney Shop ( She calls it Disneyland) has gone as when i travelled home it was a day out for us!

I reckon WHS will be next
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Chester high street is now home to several Pound lands, betting and charity shops
We have big retail parks which are always packed. We have lots of tea shops but thankfully not many coffee places. Us Northerners are partial to a pot of tea and a cake. It is sad to see the demise of my high street and my Niece was distraught at The Disney Shop ( She calls it Disneyland) has gone as when i travelled home it was a day out for us!

I reckon WHS will be next
WH Smith deserve to go bust simply for firing me on boxing day, 1997.
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WH Smith deserve to go bust simply for firing me on boxing day, 1997.
it was recently voted by Which the worse UK retailer
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Must be so difficult running an independent shop unless you're a) niche or b) a corner shop; even the smaller chains don't seem to last (apart from the likes of Greggs). At last there were about 8 charity shops on the two main shopping streets in Ilkley, and you can walk them both in about 4 minutes.
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Last time we were back in Sussex people were moaning about how utterly [email protected] Haywards Heath high street (South Road) was. Well, it always was utterly [email protected] but it’s even worse now. BUT, hardly any of the moaners ever use the small stores which have struggled on and they all seem to shop exclusively at the edge of town Sainsbury which was extended some time before 2104 so they only have themselves to blame.

Funnily enough, many, many years ago a friend (a chartered surveyor who seemed to specialise in town centre development) used to take clients to Haywards Heath to show them exactly how not to design and develop a town centre. His opinion was that the only way to improve it would be to bulldoze the whole thing and start again from scratch. He was, and still is, absolutely right.
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it was recently voted by Which the worse UK retailer
Lots of fond memories from the early- mid 90s of spending time at WH Smith.
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WH Smith deserve to go bust simply for firing me on boxing day, 1997.
The bastards.

I like Smiths, it's always a stop at Heathrow for me, ham and cheese sarnie and a big bag of skips......ending in me moaning that I don't want a ****ing Telegraph to get a 'free' Buxton.
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The bastards.

I like Smiths, it's always a stop at Heathrow for me, ham and cheese sarnie and a big bag of skips......ending in me moaning that I don't want a ****ing Telegraph to get a 'free' Buxton.
It was unforgivable, especially as I was the only one of the Christmas temps who was able to work out correct change and do refunds in my head.

Until recently, the landside WH Smiths at B'ham used to sell porn mags (but not the airside). Often used to pick up a mag featuring hairy wives.
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Often used to pick up a mag featuring hairy wives.
Why?
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Why?
old skool fella. It's not the same on the phone.
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Not arrived in the UK yet but there are 'clothing department Stores' in the US where you order on-line, the goods are delivered to the store where you can try them on and then only take what you like, store has a very small area for sales so has a much smaller rental cost.
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Smart money is converting High Street to residential with a handful of coffee shops and cafes and one or two boutiques. People will move there because it's "walkable". If I were a developer with big pockets I'd move quickly and snap up high street property while they're cheap enough.

Logistics and shopping preferences aren't going back to what they were. Smaller shops, even department stores, are going the way of the dodo bird.

Exception are upmarket towns with frou frou butchers and cheesemongers and Australian style coffee shops and high disposable incomes.
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old skool fella. It's not the same on the phone.
My 'why' related to the content rather than the medium, but on reconsideration I'll take this answer instead.
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My 'why' related to the content rather than the medium, but on reconsideration I'll take this answer instead.
disappointingly the content on this medium hasn't really caught up with the internet. But there lies it's somewhat savage and gutter like charm.


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