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kirby knitters
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On this mornings news that Marks & Spencer are sruggling again on the clothing side, food section seems to be doing ok.

A real shame to see M&S struggling,i but lots of food from them but dont think ive even looked around the clothing section.I doubt if they will ever bite the bullet but may have to scale down.....Oh,ive used the foreign currency department many times but think thats independantly run.


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M&S cloths are good but they are so expensive compared to the likes of Primark. In Oxford M&S like the previously mentioned British Home Stores are in the same road as Primark. I looked at a replacement coat in M&S they did the same design as I purchased 20 or so year ago, the problem was it was over £100. I could get a similar coat for £20 elsewhere even if it only last 6 or 7 years in the long run you are out of pocket with the M&S one.
Some ladies I know say M&S stuff is very good but a dress could cost £60 while a slightly substandard version elsewhere £15, the £60 does not last four times as long and if it did it would have been in and out fashion 5 or 6 times Cool
On the food front the prices at the M&S on Oxford Station and the number of people who pay them must add a health take to M&S's coffers.


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M&S cloths are good but they are so expensive compared to the likes of Primark. I looked at a replacement coat in M&S they did the same design as I purchased 20 or so year ago, the problem was it was over £100. I could get a similar coat for £20 elsewhere even if it only last 6 or 7 years in the long run you are out of pocket with the M&S one.


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As I live 700 yards from the Chavley Centre I have at least 15 Charity Shops to choose from if I need a new coat, or a bus ride to Headington finds 20 or so of the same!
My last coat came from Lidl for about £11, in fact I have a number items from that well known Germanic Tailoring Company and their pasties are good.


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Barratts it is then.....



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Barratts it is then.....


For the 3rd time in 4 years... Unsure. They keep on hanging on.


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Clearly a shoe in to be the next one! ;-)



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Barratts only have about 8-9 stores left. For years they've struggled to pay the company I work for, the first time they went under they owed us a six-figure sum.

We supply shoes to 10% of the men's UK market. All our biggest customers such as Next, Asos, Asda, River Island and Matalan sell more than just footwear, shops specialising in just one product are sadly a thing of the past.


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I have many of my shirts made by Taylor & Wright


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...shops specialising in just one product are sadly a thing of the past.


Clarks are still going, though at a price...


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Fair point Andrelux. High quality product should always sell.


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Mothercare seem to be having a hard time of it at the moment due to online competition.

Not a shop that I frequent but my daughters have mentioned it being expensive.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25649283


(This post was edited by Isaac on Jan 10, 2014, 2:03 PM)


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£20million-lost-by-company-that-can't-shift-overpriced-tat-shock-horror...

http://www.theguardian.com/...-replica-shirt-sales

In all honesty, I could have posted this on any of a dozen threads on this forum, but we've all discussed England's World Cup ineptness to death already. What riles me with this is that Sports Direct - a company who are already guilty of crimes of low wages, abuse of zero-hours contracts, poor staff training, poor customer service, ugly shops and selling large quantities of cheaply produced rubbish at rip-off prices - have the cheek to blame England and Roy Hodgson's early WC exit for a loss of £20million on replica shirt sales. My heart bleeds!

The fact that in the year to April Sports Direct made profits of £240million (up 16%) obviously isn't enough for them. And apart from royally shafting Newcastle United fans up the backside for too many years, have this company actually ever contributed anything to the sport of football? Anything positive at all? You don't hear William Hill blaming horses by name when they have to cough up to the punters who have won their bets, do you?

The crying shame is that Sports Direct are nowhere near going bust, and are no doubt destined to remain on High Streets throughout the country, continuing to suck money out of football like the leeches they are.


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Have the above company just bought in to Oldham Athletic?


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Have the above company just bought in to Oldham Athletic?

Thought I'd read few weeks back that they have bought naming rights for Boundary Park



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kirby knitters
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Have the above company just bought in to Oldham Athletic?

Thought I'd read few weeks back that they have bought naming rights for Boundary Park

Thats it.Got to be better than the idiot from Salford RL who wanted in at the club.


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WH Smith are getting so desperate now that they've hired out space to internet providers, I walked into the Maidstone branch yesterday to be greeted with "do you have internet at home sir"? I pretended not to hear him and walked onUnsure


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The closure of WH Smiths in Chatham has been confirmed, and I suspect more will follow, and also Tesco is closing their Chatham storeUnsure


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The closure of WH Smiths in Chatham has been confirmed, and I suspect more will follow, and also Tesco is closing their Chatham storeUnsure


In our local shopping centre both W.H. Smiths and the Co-op have virtually no customers and staff stand around tiddling their thumbs, it does not help that the likes of Iceland. Wilko, B&M's, 99p shop, Poundland, etc, etc are all in the same centre selling the same things for far less money.


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Here's something which might draw some debate. Tescos have had restaurants in many outlets selling cheap cooked food, albeit poor quality but nevertheless it was a loss leader to get people in to the store. It worked for me until Morrisons and Sainsbury's provided better quality.
Then Tescos began introducing that bloody ridiculous Costa crap which meant the cost of your breakfast doubled if you wanted a cup of coffee.
Add the problem that every cup had to be made with theatrical rigmarole by someone with Barista writ large on their back and what was already luke warm food got colder as the queue waited could not have been a great move on their part. Also Aldi and Lidl sell perfectly good stuff at cheaper prices and, bingo, stores galore are closing.
The positive is that Cheddar's ground will not be built on!!


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Our local Tesco's lost their Cafes 5 or so years ago replaced by said Costa outlets. Tesco Cafes had 40 or 50at most and were full most of the time, the Costa's are more or less empty. The local yes the food is better than Tesco. I only have one Morrison's with a Café anywhere near me and that is in Banbury the couple of times I have been there said Café was full and like Sainsbury's it had 100 plus seats.


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The only Co-op in Leic city centre closes down on 14/2 whilst bang opposite Poundland goes from strength to strength and is now selling milk and sandwiches.


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The only Co-op in Leic city centre closes down on 14/2 whilst bang opposite Poundland goes from strength to strength and is now selling milk and sandwiches.


A lot of supermarkets are selling four pinters for £1 now, seems like it's a race to the bottom


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The only Co-op in Leic city centre closes down on 14/2 whilst bang opposite Poundland goes from strength to strength and is now selling milk and sandwiches.


A lot of supermarkets are selling four pinters for £1 now, seems like it's a race to the bottom

And meanwhile the dairy farmers are struggling to make a living!!


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And meanwhile the dairy farmers are struggling to make a living!!



The big cheeses made a good living for many years, they really creamed it in.




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