High Street chain collapse sweepstake

thegeek
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Tue 28 May, 2019 06.11

Arcolar wrote:
Tue 28 May, 2019 02.05
Now the High Street has been pedestrianised, you cant even drive the the front of the shop jump out and ask the counter staff, "Where do I deliver to?"
What do you think of the pedestrianisation of Norwich city centre?
barcode
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Tue 28 May, 2019 18.16

Up next is boots. However there at least least 20 store that could close without any real problems as there are so close to many others

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48435802
Andrew
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Tue 28 May, 2019 22.23

There are 4 Boots in Leeds city centre with an additional standalone Opticians on top.

So although the media will paint it as if they are practically leaving the high street, they could leave the big one, the railway station one, and close 3 branches, and thats just in one city.

The same goes for Arcadia who often have numerous stores in the same town and tend to close and open branches regularly, merging or demerging brands together as appropriate
Martin Phillp
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Tue 28 May, 2019 22.45

I wouldn't be surprised if Croydon Whitgift Centre is on that list, it's due to go when the centre is demolished for the new Westfield development. There's another in the neighbouring Centrale. Most shops in the Whitgift have another in the Centrale to ensure a presence in town.

The ones that I'd be concerned about are the smaller Boots chemists which are largely used for prescriptions in small suburban or rural areas.
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bilky asko
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Wed 29 May, 2019 00.10

Martin Phillp wrote:
Tue 28 May, 2019 22.45
I wouldn't be surprised if Croydon Whitgift Centre is on that list, it's due to go when the centre is demolished for the new Westfield development. There's another in the neighbouring Centrale. Most shops in the Whitgift have another in the Centrale to ensure a presence in town.

The ones that I'd be concerned about are the smaller Boots chemists which are largely used for prescriptions in small suburban or rural areas.
Are they included in the store figures? If so, there are some branches that are so close together that the 'your local Boots pharmacy" strapline is both easily readable and untrue at a certain distance.

Locally, there are three little Boots pharmacies in about 90 seconds walking distance from start to finish.
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Wed 29 May, 2019 11.05

bilky asko wrote:
Wed 29 May, 2019 00.10
Martin Phillp wrote:
Tue 28 May, 2019 22.45
I wouldn't be surprised if Croydon Whitgift Centre is on that list, it's due to go when the centre is demolished for the new Westfield development. There's another in the neighbouring Centrale. Most shops in the Whitgift have another in the Centrale to ensure a presence in town.

The ones that I'd be concerned about are the smaller Boots chemists which are largely used for prescriptions in small suburban or rural areas.
Are they included in the store figures? If so, there are some branches that are so close together that the 'your local Boots pharmacy" strapline is both easily readable and untrue at a certain distance.

Locally, there are three little Boots pharmacies in about 90 seconds walking distance from start to finish.
No idea about the store figures, but Centrale is also a pharmacy. What I also didn't realise is that there's another close by near to East Croydon station, presumably to serve commuter traffic and the nearby Boxpark. There's also an out of town Boots open until midnight on the Purley Way next to Ikea, which is again a pharmacy as well.
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thegeek
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Thu 30 May, 2019 10.56

I was going to say "don't most Boots stores have a pharmacy in them?", but then remembered this tiny one which lasted about a year and didn't. It's about two minutes walk from a full-sized store though.
Pear
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Thu 30 May, 2019 21.31

From the Alliance takeover until last year we had the odd situation of two Boots being across the road from each other, surely that wins.
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JAS84
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Fri 31 May, 2019 21.50

You'd think they'd have closed one down in that case. That's what happened in Hull's North Point Shopping Centre - the Alliance (formerly Selles) became Boots, and the smaller Boots closed down (it became Co-Op Pharmacy).
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Sat 01 Jun, 2019 16.59

I think you’ve made the case for why they haven’t closed one down yet.
Martin Phillp
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Sat 01 Jun, 2019 18.54

The nearest Boots to me is a small shop in Forest Hill where the majority of the footfall is for the pharmacy. There's a limited amount of stock for sale in-store, which means if I do go there, it's for meds or to pick up a click or collect order.

Until a year ago, Boots was the only shop of that type, then Superdrug came along, which is larger (it replaced a M&Co), but doesn't have a pharmacy, which Superdrug tend to only have in busier areas.
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