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Old 28-03-2018, 08:42   #1481
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Don’t have a good word to say about Cotswold. Hope they close as well. Bought out the lease of my local HMV a few years ago at a premium forcing them to close. HMV only got 28 days notice they were being forced to close.

However seems to have been a disaster for Cotswold as they wanted site for a new store design concept. They also bought the offices upstairs so they are on two floors. Never has any customers inside whereas Mountain Warehouse close by is always heaving.
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Old 28-03-2018, 12:25   #1482
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If that is the case they should completely change their business. Rather than stay a game shop that doesn't sell many games become a memorabilia shop that happens to sell games as well.

They are totally confusing customers. Gamers stop going due to lack of stock and 'geeks' don't go because they don't know they are selling the additional stuff. Okay, in this instance there is a bit of an overlap.

When you have to diversify I still think your days are numbered. I can't think of anyone who has done it successfully.

Side note: My local city centre has an entire street of empty shops. M&S is closing, Krispy Kreme have gone, Greenwoods has gone, Pret are going. If it wasn't for Cotswold the whole side of this street would be empty:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.77...7i13312!8i6656

Well Games shops always dissappoint me in that they don't sell boardgames which seems to be a growing area, so they could have diversified that way... unless they already sold boardgames
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Old 28-03-2018, 18:13   #1483
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Four Grainger Games closed up here today:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/new...es_in_region_/
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Old 28-03-2018, 20:18   #1484
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The company which owns Bargain Booze, Wine Rack and pretty much a major supplier to everyone in the booze world is on the rocks

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43576991
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Old 29-03-2018, 07:49   #1485
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THey're also, in my area anyway, a Hermes drop off point.
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Old 29-03-2018, 08:56   #1486
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They have some pretty good sites locally - sure some more general convenience chains would be interested.
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Old 29-03-2018, 15:52   #1487
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And Grainger Games have gone: http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/20...rainger-games/

Have to say that they never recovered from being complete tits at Games Media Awards 2011: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2011/10/how...-awards-event/

Shame in some ways. I used to be a regular at their Grainger Market stall way back in the SNES days.
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House of Fraser next?

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Old 29-03-2018, 16:03   #1489
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I think we can pretty much stick any high street retailer on the list. GAME haven't gone in a while, presumably they can't be more than a week behind Grainger
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Old 30-03-2018, 00:01   #1490
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Who doesn't want asbestos in children's cosmetics?

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archiv...group-claires/

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American media report that Claire’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month, saying it had an agreement with creditors to restructure about $1.9 billion in debt.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Dutch inspectors find asbestos in powder sold by teenage make up group Claire’s https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archiv...group-claires/
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Old 30-03-2018, 16:26   #1491
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I think we can pretty much stick any high street retailer on the list.
Very true.

Whenever a shop goes in our high street it is replaced by either:

Accountants/Solicitor
Nicky-Nacky-Noo shop
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'Cafe'
Hairdresser/Beauty salon

Actual shops where people sell everyday goods are becoming ever rarer.
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Old 01-04-2018, 13:53   #1492
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You're doing alright, ours is replaced with a to rent sign and boarded up for ever. For a while they put fake shop windows over the boards but now don't bother.
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:36   #1493
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around here mostly left empty or become a cheap shop, coffee shop or charity shop.
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Apparently due to the weather shops didn't have much of an Easter weekend, so we'll probably see more going wrong
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Apparently due to the weather shops didn't have much of an Easter weekend, so we'll probably see more going wrong
The Westfields,Meadowhall,Trafford Parks should be ok as you keep nice and dry..

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Sorry should have said that the big retail parks and malls did OK, but it was another nail in the coffin for the high street.
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The biggest obstacle there I believe is stupid councils insistence of charging for parking. The malls and out of town retail parks are all free parking...
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The biggest obstacle there I believe is stupid councils insistence of charging for parking. The malls and out of town retail parks are all free parking...
No they're not.

Same are, some aren't.
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The biggest obstacle there I believe is stupid councils insistence of charging for parking. The malls and out of town retail parks are all free parking...
I agree. Cheltenham Borough Council have recently converted almost all town-centre streets to paid parking for non-residents. We hardly ever go there now.
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