More shops close (and one opens)

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I noticed just now while out doing my weekly shop in town that the local camera shop, Wellington Cameras, has closed leaving another empty unit in the high street.  The first thing which crossed my mind was that it’s a shame that another independent camera shop has been forced to close.  This one seemed to be a very traditional shop selling cameras and telescopes and things, and I would presume has been there for quite a while.  Thinking about it though, I’ve never been into the place and this is what I do for a living.  I can think of two other professional photographers around here and I recon they probably do the same as me — shoot in digital and buy their kit from specialist online retailers.  It’s a shame to see another shop close in the high street, but I suppose I didn’t do anything to help it.  I also noticed another empty unit further along the street, although I can’t remeber what that shop used to be.  This is on top of the mobility shop at the top of the high street which closed a few weeks ago, and one of the travel agents on Victoria Road which moved out probably 3 or 4 months ago now.

On a (perhaps slightly) brighter note, the site of the old Woolworths store has now become a ‘99p Stores‘ shop.  It’s good to see the place isn’t empty, but a bit of a shame nothing of any better quality has sprung up — while this 99p shop seems better than the other one in the town (it’s a chain for a start, so I’d guess has bigger buying power), it is the second the town has.

Posted on Sunday 7th June, 2009 at 2:14 pm in Obiter dicta.
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Woolworths' real closing down sale

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According to this BBC News article I was right, if a little premature, about the Woolworths sale.  It’s turned into a closing down sale after all.  While Deloitte had previously said that the stores would stay open until after Christmas, they are now saying that some shops could close by the end of the year.

Personally I doubt that even those which remain open will have anything worth buying after this weekend.  It didn’t look to me like they were re-stocking in my local store last weekend and I have no doubt this weekend will be even worse.

Posted on Thursday 11th December, 2008 at 12:47 am in Obiter dicta.
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This is not a closing down sale

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Woolworths' biggest ever saleDeloitte, the administrators called in to deal with the collapse of Woolworths, are claiming it’s not a closing down sale but to me it looked pretty terminal.  Like most people calling in to one of the chain’s 815 stores today, I was greeted by empty shelves and long queues.

While Deloitte are promising that the stores will all remain open until after Christmas, I’m not sure there will be much left to sell following the weekend.  Given that Woolworths’ problems began when they were unable to obtain credit insurance and so their suppliers were unwilling to give them credit, I don’t see how they will be able to re-stock.  Unless the Woolworths’ four distribution centres are very well stocked, or the intention is that this sale will provide a cash injection to allow the chain to get their delivery chain up and running again, I doubt they’ll find any suppliers willing to work with them.

One thing is certain – the sale has made people flood back into their stores.  I can’t help feel that if they had managed to get this many people in each shop before now they wouldn’t be in the mess they are in.

Posted on Friday 5th December, 2008 at 5:08 pm in Obiter dicta.
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