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Started by TommyDCMBR8 on Jan 3, 2018 4:44:57 PM
Shops on the Edge - Your Observations and Predictions for Retail Meltdown in 2018...

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TommyDCMBR8 - 03 Jan 2018 16:48:25 (#1 of 6318)

Inexplicably still popular Next are claiming better than expected sales in the run-up to Christmas though, significantly, there's further movement toward online trade rather than in-store.

dottie30 - 03 Jan 2018 16:49:38 (#2 of 6318)

I don't get Next at all. Its stuff is cheap rubbish. In fact, it is probably overpriced for the tat it is.

Tomnoddy - 03 Jan 2018 16:52:11 (#3 of 6318)

I'm currently wearing a Next jumper, bought in the post-Christmas sales last year. Warm, looks good on me (if I say so myself), and incredibly comfortable. My wife picked up four of them at the time. However, their stuff is generally not too inspiring.

bossab2 - 03 Jan 2018 16:56:14 (#4 of 6318)

My Next jumpers have done pretty well.

widenation - 03 Jan 2018 16:58:09 (#5 of 6318)

There's no way I'd wear that tory shite.

Tenesmus - 03 Jan 2018 17:02:54 (#6 of 6318)

The only Next I own is a pair of shoes, bought in 2009 for Mum's funeral.

They got soaked in a flood, shrunk slightly but now fit a little better and are now my office footwear.

bossab2 - 03 Jan 2018 17:22:43 (#7 of 6318)

My BHS jumpers are also going great guns (well at least the ones which the moths didn't get).

Rendered - 03 Jan 2018 17:34:24 (#8 of 6318)

Sounds like your mum buys your clothes.

Lawlsie - 03 Jan 2018 17:35:12 (#9 of 6318)


dottie30 - 03 Jan 2018 17:48:27 (#10 of 6318)

I think probably the men's stuff is OK if you are into that middle of the road look. But the women's selection in Next is dire.

FleurDuMal - 03 Jan 2018 17:55:14 (#11 of 6318)

It’s not good. Not quite M&S dreadful, but there are far better high street shops.

mikeshadow - 03 Jan 2018 18:22:49 (#12 of 6318)

Looks as if Harveys and Bensons for Beds have secured additional funding.

Could still be an uncertain future for their owner’s other UK retailers though including Poundland.

Catspyjamas17 - 03 Jan 2018 18:25:58 (#13 of 6318)

I haven't even looked in Next for clothes for a good while, let alone bought anything. It took me years to free myself from the tyranny of the bi-annual directory.

Ginmonkey - 03 Jan 2018 18:28:33 (#14 of 6318)

Like M&S the clothes in Next use too many man made fibres and always seem to have something added - ruffles, embroidery, glitter, a vacuous bon mot - that transforms dull clothes into something awful and unwearable.

Catspyjamas17 - 03 Jan 2018 18:31:10 (#15 of 6318)

It seems a long way from when they started in the 80s and were trendy but a bit more expensive than Chelsea Girl.

RosyLovelady - 04 Jan 2018 14:37:57 (#16 of 6318)

Yes, Next was fab in the 1980s.

TheRenegadeMelchior - 04 Jan 2018 14:46:50 (#17 of 6318)

Anyway, Debenhams profits fell massively, shares down 20% accordingly. Our local one is truly horrible, I have been in twice if that, and the freeholder has the lease up for sale. It could be the next BHS

RosyLovelady - 04 Jan 2018 14:48:20 (#18 of 6318)

Debenhams is good at simultaneously looking full of stuff and having nothing in it.

widenation - 04 Jan 2018 14:52:40 (#19 of 6318)

...and having chaotically assembelled "sales" areas where the price of everything is still astonishingly high. The only reason I set foot in there it that it's the nearest shop of that sort to my residence.

Jonked - 04 Jan 2018 14:58:24 (#20 of 6318)

Debenhams is about the only place selling clothes I can actually bear to visit - wide variety of stock, is neither trendy nor completely past it like BHS was, indifferent shop assistants who don't try to talk to you. And nice and quiet, usually.

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