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Started by TommyDCMBR8 on 02-Jan-2017 17:49:53
Shops on the Edge - Your Observations and Predictions for Retail Meltdown in 2017...

A new thread for the new year but with the olde worlde title because everything new we tried in 2016 turned out to be shite.

Chart the End of the High Street here.

foxybrown - 02 Jan 2017 20:16:09 (#1 of 1701)

Ooh new thread, 80% off on aisle 3

Going back to the old thread, American Apparel closed in Westfield Stratford very recently; as did an enormous branch of Forever 21. There's quite a few shops closed in there recently.

solomongursky - 02 Jan 2017 20:41:59 (#2 of 1701)

There's talk of a flagship retailer setting up at Cherry Park, just west of Stratford station. Selfridges, House of Fraser, Gallerie Lafayette.

Ginmonkey - 02 Jan 2017 21:10:27 (#3 of 1701)

American Apparel have gone into administration. I think all of their UK stores are closing.

foxybrown - 02 Jan 2017 21:13:51 (#4 of 1701)

Sol, I've never heard of this Cherry Park is it the space opposite the old shopping centre?

I can't see there sustaining a high end store, m&s is empty. The John Lewis must do ok but another dept store? The higher end stores there's do look kinda empty.

mememe - 03 Jan 2017 09:52:32 (#5 of 1701)

American Apparel have gone into administration. I think all of their UK stores are closing.

Actually, they've been bought. Their European operations weren't part of the purchase.

Ginmonkey - 03 Jan 2017 10:31:46 (#6 of 1701)

Ah well we won't miss them. Ten years ago or so I went there a fair bit for their decent quality basic cotton jersey vests, leggings and t shirts in loads of colours. Over the last few years all they have sold is badly cut hipster clothes in scratchy man made fibres.

That is before we get to the horrible misogynist and sexually exploitative advertising.

mememe - 03 Jan 2017 10:57:42 (#7 of 1701)

That's a long time ago now, and was the cause, ultimately, of their downfall.

zardoz - 03 Jan 2017 11:01:54 (#8 of 1701)

It would be nice to think the lovely Mr Charney will suffer from that as much as the hapless shop staff, but I doubt it somehow.

Catspyjamas16 - 03 Jan 2017 11:09:16 (#9 of 1701)

How are Boots doing? One time blue chip high street stalwart.

I don't shop in there as much as I used to as supermarkets stock more toiletries and drugs. Didn't buy Christmas presents in there as a lot of it is a load of tat. Their Christmas ad campaign was rather naff. Was just wondering if this was a wider trend.

mememe - 03 Jan 2017 11:12:05 (#10 of 1701)

Boots problem is that since it merged with Walgreens it sees itself as a retailer, not a pharmacist. And if you've ever been to Walgreens, you'll know that they know the square root of fuck all about retail environments.

Ginmonkey - 03 Jan 2017 11:14:10 (#11 of 1701)

We have a Boots in our little London suburb - it is very shit so the news that Superdrug are opening here soon has been greeted with much excitement on the local forum for local people.

TheLittleDrummerBhoy - 03 Jan 2017 11:14:21 (#12 of 1701)

Couldn't move for sale goods in Boot's Wakefield branch on 27th. What's more was they were busy replenishing the shelves with lots of fresh sale stock. I wonder if the pre Christmas business failed to meet expectations.

Catspyjamas16 - 03 Jan 2017 11:15:46 (#13 of 1701)

When was that, mememe?

There are two Boots near me at work, but they are such small shops as they often don't have the thing I was looking for and it seems rather pointless having two. Ridiculously busy at lunchtime though so maybe it is just me.

heiligenachtsaladdie - 03 Jan 2017 11:19:16 (#14 of 1701)

Boots have also been trying to move to central pharmacy processing for repeat or electronic prescriptions - they turn up in sealed bags and can be given directly to customers. Except that if there's an error, or something on back order, or one of the many drugs that needs approval by a local pharmacist, the whole system falls apart and your prescription gets irritatingly delayed, with no information.

They've opened a mega-Boots on the retail park near where I live. It's well enough stocked, but the lighting is so painfully bright, I can barely stand to be in there.

Still, they're better than the local Lloydsfermassy who seem to push all sorts of expensive woo and crap Baylis & Harding gift sets, while having the least efficient dispensary known to man.

So I end up going to Asda.

dmlc133 - 03 Jan 2017 11:23:35 (#15 of 1701)

I go to the independent pharmacist near the doctor's surgery for prescriptions but there are large Boots's's near both home and work and both are well stocked and well-laid out. The one near work has just been refitted and the lights are quite bright.

heiligenachtsaladdie - 03 Jan 2017 11:28:20 (#16 of 1701)

We no longer have independent pharmacists in town - the last one was bought by Lloyds.

Ginmonkey - 03 Jan 2017 11:30:33 (#17 of 1701)

I find Boots a bit crap for prescriptions. The last one I tried to get a prescription from them I had to wait for ages and then had a pointless argument with the assistant who tried to charge me for it even though contraception on prescription is free and has been for decades.

Catspyjamas16 - 03 Jan 2017 11:38:17 (#18 of 1701)

That's exceptionally poor of them, GM.

heiligenachtsaladdie - 03 Jan 2017 11:39:06 (#19 of 1701)

It varies hugely with the pharmacy team (and whether they are permanent or locum) IME.

The one at King's Cross was excellent, and new its trade very well - they sorted out both my and the heiligenachtsalassie's prescriptions, getting the review cycles in order, and proactively reordering for us when they could. Any mistakes - on anyone's part - and they'd be on the phone to the GP and sort it out immediately. If you dropped something in the morning, it would be checked out, ready for you to pick up for the train home in the evening.

TheLittleDrummerBhoy - 03 Jan 2017 11:41:21 (#20 of 1701)

I use a small chain and get my repeat prescriptions sent there. I avoid Boots because they are often so busy. I also gave up on Superdrug when they handed me the wrong medications. I didn't check till I got home (I always check now) and I made them come to me to exchange mine for the wrong items.

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