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Old 21-06-2011, 17:18   #761
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It's a shame Focus has gone to the wall - yet another employer in Burnley that will be spewing its staff shortly
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I see B&M Bargains have bought the store, so hopefully they can mop up some of the redundancies.

Such a shame.
Fingers crossed! Ever credit to the lads and lasses who had to see out the dieing days of Focus - they were extremely professional despite the inevitable ending. Grabbed a couple of bargains in the last couple of days - managed to get my front room decorated for less than £200 which is 50% cheaper than the back room I did last year
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Old 24-06-2011, 07:37   #762
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Moben, Sharps and Dolphin owner in administration:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...tion-jobs-risk
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Old 24-06-2011, 08:25   #763
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All Habitat stores, excluding 3 in Central London to close.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13901123
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Old 24-06-2011, 08:38   #764
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Hardly surprising. People only ever seem to browse in Habitat stores these days.

They used to be good and had very competitive prices 10 years+ ago. But if you are not in London comparing prices to the likes of Heal's etc. their prices are a bit OTT.
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The Norwich Habitat has been closing down for a few weeks now (might have actually closed by now)
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Old 24-06-2011, 12:39   #766
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Any prospective buyer should just remove the letters "Habi" for the rebranding.
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Old 24-06-2011, 18:37   #767
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Last time I went to the local Habitat in Milton Keynes was when it opened - couldn't believe people would pay the prices they charged. Nothing there seemed desirable enough to pay the premium.
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Old 27-06-2011, 09:08   #768
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Looks like Argos intend to sell the brand through their own catalogues, might be a Homebase thing. Probably a decent move by them.

Again its another high prices retailer who have failed to keep up with market trends, writing on the wall years ago, etc.
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Old 27-06-2011, 11:02   #769
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Jane Norman into admin now:
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Old 27-06-2011, 12:04   #770
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How is a chain of 90 stores allowed to rack up £140m of debt? It'd be like my corner shop having debts of about £1.3m. Isn't there some law against trading when you're going down the spout?

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I didn't realise their clothing was aimed at 16 - 25 year olds. They always looked like a jazzed up granny shop to me.
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Old 27-06-2011, 14:04   #772
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Moben, Sharps and Dolphin owner in administration:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...tion-jobs-risk
I never understood these businesses and how they kept trading. The prices they charged were unbelievable and the quality was not up to much. Dolphin quoted a friend of ours £45k for a new bathroom
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All you need is 1 in 10 to sign on the dotted line.

It's like British Gas and the prices they charge.
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Old 27-06-2011, 15:14   #774
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I never understood these businesses and how they kept trading. The prices they charged were unbelievable and the quality was not up to much. Dolphin quoted a friend of ours £45k for a new bathroom
This does not surprise me in the slightest! I got quoted 15K for a new bathroom, and the designer/salesman was very shirty when I said I needed time to think about it (it was obviously a no). The way they do business is very very shady. Show you all the components design your bathroom, but when u ask for breakdowns on what costs what they (or my chap) was funny! Anyhow all their components are Grohe and V & Bosch - which can be sourced for MUCH cheaper than they quote (I mean substantially, I have no problem with someone making money)....in my case, I worked out that they wanted in the end, 3K for skimming my roof, the chap was a bit embarrassed when I told him that.....
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TJ Hughes going into administration, Thorntons closing lots of shops:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...s-2303802.html

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I've never even been in a TJ Hughes, is it a discount store? They look like it from the outside. Worrying that discount stores are closing.

Thorntons are a bit OTT. There must be at least 2 or 3 in every big city. Still like most of their stuff though
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Hotel Chocolat are MUCH better than Thorntons.

You can buy Thorntons-like stuff in any decent supermarket.
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Some stuff is, if you can find anything you like.

I used to be in their chocolate tasters club. Every month I'd toss out all the dark chocolate (gives me the squits) and boozy chocolate. I'd be left with around 8 - 10 chocolates a month.

I love Thorntons Rum & Raisin ice cream
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Carpetright are looking to close 50 stores too. Although there is a company that don't look at the market and just use their name to sell.

There underlay is twice as expensive at least as our local carpet shop for an inferior product and although fitting is only slightly more expensive they charge a delivery fee which my local doesn't, the fitter brings it with him. We priced 2 carpets recently, one at Carpetright and one at my local carpet shop, the carpet right one was actually cheaper for the carpet than the local shop but by the time we had done all the extras it was over £150 more expensive, and that was only a small room.

I think people are getting fed up of stores that constantly have 50% off - Alied carpets and Sharp/Moben/Dolphin and Carpet right are all examples of this. People just want an upfront price that is realistic!
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I never understood these businesses and how they kept trading. The prices they charged were unbelievable and the quality was not up to much. Dolphin quoted a friend of ours £45k for a new bathroom
We had a bedroom fitted by Sharps it is pretty good and backed by a 10 year garuntee (well it was) and was worth what we paid for it in the end. The price started at almost £12,000 which was just ridiculous though we paid less than a quarter of this in the end I felt we got good value and the fitters did an excellent job.
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