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Old 28-02-2018, 14:19   #1421
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Prezzo going down the pan as well

http://www.cityam.com/281410/prezzo-...d-lines-up-cva
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Old 28-02-2018, 14:56   #1422
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Surprised Maplin lasted this long, overpriced and always empty
I used to love having a mooch around Maplin at Christmas, but in recent times it's not been the same. I was never sure whether that was just because I wasn't so obsessed with gadgets once they had become more commonplace, but it certainly didn't help that everything was so expensive.
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Old 28-02-2018, 15:55   #1423
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Not surprised, you see them in the most unlikely places, as an example they opened one next to an ASK! in Warrington.
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Old 28-02-2018, 18:47   #1424
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Not surprised, you see them in the most unlikely places, as an example they opened one next to an ASK! in Warrington.

Prezzo also over expanded some of their brands. They had 33 of their Mexican brands, all to close. I can see interest in London and the biggest cities but don’t think Mexican has wide appeal.

My dad regularly eats in Prezzo but hates Mexican. Also how on earth have they expanded to over 300 restaurants. Many must be in non prime locations. No wonder they want to shut 100 and get rent reductions on many others.
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Old 28-02-2018, 20:39   #1425
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I don't mind a bit of Mexican food, however the kids don't like it so we'd never go.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:46   #1426
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:51   #1427
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Always the same story when companies aggressively expand.

They eat their own market share, and lack the attention to detail that puts them
Into a position to expand in the first place.

Maplin used to be for electriconics bits and pieces.

It now focuses on selling consumer tut, which is always cheaper on amazon.

Prezzo is wildly average and ubiquitous. Toys Arse is a weird one- there’s clearly footfall from kids and parents but how many are buying.

Always felt like it was good value in the past now, lots of people showrooming stuff for Amazon. Plus it’s stuck in the 1990s.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:26   #1428
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Toys R us just doesn't feel like a fun place. You can't blame it all on Amazon because Smyths toy superstores always seem busy and its fun for kids.

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Old 01-03-2018, 09:57   #1429
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I don't mind a bit of Mexican food, however the kids don't like it so we'd never go.
I didn't even know they done Mexican stuff. It is all Italian up 'ere.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:04   #1430
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Never bought anything from Maplin and never eaten in a Prezzo.

As a chain I always thought Ask! looked nicer, then I go and see all the school chairs & tables and think "screw that" and head to the nearest non-chain Italian restaurant (such as Pani's in Newcastle) or even a Carluccios.

Never got Maplin. I've been in a few times and never seen anything worth picking up. It is like Tandy isn't it?
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Old 01-03-2018, 13:02   #1431
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Don't mind a cheap and cheerful chain dining experience, like a Brewers Fayre with a 40% off voucher, but I find such as Prezzo fairly charmless.

TRU, expensive but they did have a LOL Big Ball for my niece, much prefer Smyths who seem to be considerably cheaper, especially when they've got 20% off everything
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Old 01-03-2018, 13:28   #1432
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https://www.pinterest.co.uk/maplinonline/retro-maplin/

Some retro Maplin catalogue covers and Maplin's own Electronics magazine covers from way back before their shops opened, they were a good company back then instead of the tat they've been selling in recent years.

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Old 01-03-2018, 15:18   #1433
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Still got batteries from them, but as they come in 100s and they sell through Amazon, don't go in the shop much. I do sometimes look at some of the stuff and wonder who buys a weird disco ball which seems to be what they're trying to plug.
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Old 01-03-2018, 15:43   #1434
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Toys R us just doesn't feel like a fun place. You can't blame it all on Amazon because Smyths toy superstores always seem busy and its fun for kids.

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There was a good article on the BBC that examines why it failed and it mentions that there is no 'fun' factor when visiting its stores as one of the reasons it failed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43210854
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Old 01-03-2018, 17:20   #1435
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It seems to be the toy equivalent of GAME, the "where else will you buy your toys?" attitude, without realising there is now much more choice and we no longer need to queue outside in the snow to get our hands on a Tracy Island.
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Old 01-03-2018, 21:56   #1436
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https://www.pinterest.co.uk/maplinonline/retro-maplin/

Some retro Maplin catalogue covers and Maplin's own Electronics magazine covers from way back before their shops opened, they were a good company back then instead of the tat they've been selling in recent years.

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Agreed and Ebay killed them for leads and adaptors..

Back in 1991, I got offered a Job at Maplin's and Comet to start the same day. I went with Comet and stayed until Jan 1998. Both disappeared now.

Maplin's became too expensive for most stuff compared to Ebay and next day del.
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Yes I can pretty much get anything I need next day from Amazon now, did it with a new keyboard. Whilst I have sympathy for the staff, you'd think they'd realise there jobs are not sustainable when they literally have no customers in the shop
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:13   #1438
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The retail park model is no longer viable. They should have been in town centres - blokes would have popped in for a mooch while partners were looking at shoes. There is very little for the middle aged man on the high Street these days.
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Old 04-03-2018, 22:29   #1439
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Yes I can pretty much get anything I need next day from Amazon now, did it with a new keyboard. Whilst I have sympathy for the staff, you'd think they'd realise there jobs are not sustainable when they literally have no customers in the shop
I always think that about Mobile Phone shops..
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Cafe Rouge in difficulty. Food and drink really is struggling, unsurprisingly so.
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