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This country is so stuffed!

Postby badpenny » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:24 pm

During the last few years The Post Office has closed over 6400 post offices, and are planning to close another 1 in 9.
In the last two years we have lost ........
Woolworths
Habitat
Threshers
MFI
Comet
Virgin Mega Stores
HMV
Etam
Thomas Cooke
Thorntons
Peacocks
Hepworths
Dixons
Kwik Save
Mothercare
.................... and today Jessops called in The Receivers.
Also today Scotland Yard announced London police to be based in post offices and High Street Stores as Scotland Yard makes £500m cuts

Errr ........ What Post Offices and High St. Stores would those be then? !!SUICIDAL!!

Whatever, I guess it's better to have them out in The Community instead of hiding in Police Stations under a mountain of paperwork. Also Shop Lifting should decline which means The Scrotes will be forced to pay for their habits by house breaking instead, which in turn will be eased by having Rozzers based in shops!

Hello is that the Police? I've been burgled, could you please bring round a TV a DVD player, a bottle of Scotch, book of stamps and a bag of potatoes please?

Jeremy

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby jimmy55 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:22 pm

High street retail can never compete against the internet while commercial landlords charge such extortionate rents and business rates are so high (for absolutely no service from councils).
Shame about Jessops, I hadn't heard that news.
Open more arcades perhaps!

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby treefrog » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:30 pm

The companies who did well over Xmas, was mainly done online......sign of the times, we are just too lazy to go out now !!TV!!

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby coppinpr » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:55 pm

It is possible to be a high street shop and do well through the internet, John Lewis and Debanhams are prime examples, shares going up and up, share of the trade going up as well. Comet just sat there expecting the internet to save them without putting in any effort. The internet won't come to you in the high street, you need to go to it and use it wisely. I myself have a high street business and our website generates about 30% of our business at Christmas although we don't actually sell online. You're right about the business rates 100% but rents are a direct result of supply and demand. No demand equals lower rents, can't work any other way I'm afraid.

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby jimmy55 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:07 am

coppinpr wrote: You're right about the business rates 100% but rents are a direct result of supply and demand. No demand equals lower rents, can't work any other way I'm afraid
The problem in the rental sector is also the structure of commercial leases... upward only reviews etc. which means you are tied in while other rents are falling. In our town (small and very seasonal) the former Threshers store is still empty after two businesses came and went as they want 20K rent! Even a charity shop tried and failed!
As you say, getting internet sales in parallel to the retail is crucial these days. I wonder who the next big name will be?

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby badpenny » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:50 am

jimmy55 wrote: As you say, getting internet sales in parallel to the retail is crucial these days. I wonder who the next big name will be?
PATOSS THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTIES LIMITED ?

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby bryans fan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:51 pm

!PUZZLED!

!!IDEA!! Thanks BP
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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby badpenny » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:56 pm

And in today's news ............

Seven prisons are to close and two more will be partially shut in England.

It also mentions considering opening a warehouse size one to replace 2,000 of the cells they'll lose.
Perhaps they could use a closed Comet Store next to a Halfords where a policeman ends up being posted.
Could save a few bob on transport.

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby coppinpr » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:06 pm

Perhaps they could use a closed Comet Store next to a Halfords where a policeman ends up being posted.
That would be a short lived answer. Halfords must be the next one out the door, (if PC World doesn't get there first). Not one of the UK's best shopping experiences, with half the lights turned off, as seems to be their policy. The policeman wouldn't be able to read his book, still it would be a nice place for him to nod off for an hour or two and much more frightening than a prison for the bad guys.

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Re: This country is so stuffed!

Postby badpenny » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:04 pm

Superb coppinpr I love it.

All High St shops harboring a rozzer should be called PC World!


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