High Street chain collapse sweepstake

JAS84
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Sat 01 Jun, 2019 18.57

wells wrote:
Sat 01 Jun, 2019 16.59
I think you’ve made the case for why they haven’t closed one down yet.
They're keeping a clearly unnecessary store open to prevent a competitor moving in?
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Sat 01 Jun, 2019 19.32

It’s possible.
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Sun 02 Jun, 2019 21.19

Pharmacies operate on a license type deal don't they, whereby the pharmacy has to prove to the NHS that the Pharmacy will in some way fill a gap in demand? Hence why newer ones tend to open late at night, so they can prove they provide a service not already available.

When Boots surrender their license there's a pretty strong case for another chain to 'back-fill', I guess.

Quite how lucrative pharmacies are now, I don't really know. I'm lead to believe a tightening of the rules on Medicine Usage Reviews was behind JS' exit from the market.
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Sun 02 Jun, 2019 21.29

We've got a Boots in a retail park that has had its pharmacy application turned down. Which is deeply annoying as you have to use either the pharmacy with the tiny car park up a big hill, or the god awful city centre branch with the slowest service and rudest staff imaginable.
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Mon 03 Jun, 2019 13.09

WillPS wrote:
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Pharmacies operate on a license type deal don't they, whereby the pharmacy has to prove to the NHS that the Pharmacy will in some way fill a gap in demand? Hence why newer ones tend to open late at night, so they can prove they provide a service not already available.
It was certainly once the case that pharmacies offering extended hours were completely exempt from having to prove any local service need - leading some to speculate that popular chains could open next to local pharmacies and accept a temporary "hit" by paying for extended hours until the local pharmacy was driven out of business.

I've no idea whether or not that rule still exists!
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Mon 03 Jun, 2019 18.34

In the case of my local Lloyds Pharmacy, they replaced an independent chemist with extended opening hours and also Sunday opening, yet there are four additional pharmacies within 10 min walk of the Lloyds which are independent. (One was previously a Co-op Pharmacy).

Presumably Independents do well in some parts of London, while other areas are dependent on chains.
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Thu 13 Jun, 2019 19.50

Which Topshops/mans are for the chop?
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Thu 13 Jun, 2019 23.41

Yorkshire Linen Co has closed down.
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/bu ... ll-2976077
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Fri 14 Jun, 2019 17.33

So much for the reprieve. Hull House of Fraser is closing after all.
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hu ... re-2980908
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Wed 19 Jun, 2019 21.37

Bathstore the latest chain to face trouble, according to this article from Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... es-at-risk
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JAS84 wrote:
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 17.33
So much for the reprieve. Hull House of Fraser is closing after all.
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hu ... re-2980908
Interesting, but not surprising sadly.

I went around the shops in Birmingham yesterday for the first time in a while. I went to that new Primark which everyone talks about, it was a special kind of hell all of its own, but clearly it had a buzz about it and if it wasn't so busy it would have been easy to see why people were happy to shop there.

Two minutes walk away, I went in to the House of Fraser store. Despite it being so close, and the fact i'd been in Birmingham dozens of times in the last few years, I had never even been to the bit where House of Fraser is, which tells its own story. What I found was a rather splendid building with lots of lovely original features but so few customers that you could be forgiven for thinking there was a metre of snow outside.

The very first thing you see upon entering is an escalator heading to the basement which has a sign up advising the floor is now closed. The fifth and sixth floors are also closed; apparently this has all happened in the last year. Despite that the stock across the remaining 4 floors was still quite sparse. Eventually I found something I might be interested in - decent kitchenware, but alas the La Creuset range was laughably small and spread very *very* thin over a huge display; probably an area double the size of a McArthur Glen La Creuset outlet store but with less than a quarter of their range. The Joseph Joseph range was better but didn't have the 2 or 3 fancy single purpose items I'd considered buying before.

A sure sign of a failing department store is a Clearance Area still flogging imperfect Christmas decorations at only ~50% off in June. A rather sad corner of the same floor had exactly that, along with a few ex-display old fashioned divan beds, all that remains of a once much larger home furnishings department.

The downwards escalator was broken, so I headed to the lift area. Once again I found some reminders of what a lovely store this once was, dividers making a clear area around the lifts so you had plenty of room to wait and a plaque on the wall above the controls advising that the lifts were automatic and how one should go about using them. An off brand sign advised 1 lift was out of order, but all the floor indicators were dead so you really had no way of knowing if they all might be. I was about to give up when a guy came over and said 'there's only 1 or 2, but it shouldn't be long'.

The rest of the store seemed to be a very awkward juxtaposition between rails of clearance clothing TK Maxx style, stacks of Sports Direct tat and mid-to-high end designer concessions, all with very little in the way of store-design to bring them together in any way. Oh, and a wig-making department, tucked away behind sportswear clearance (obvz!).

God alone knows how Mike Ashley or anyone else might think this shop has a future in anything approaching its current form.
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