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  • PazJohnMitch 16 Jan 2013 22:28:03 8,144 posts
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    According to ITV news there are 144 retail chains on the critical list.
  • jonsaan 16 Jan 2013 22:29:50 25,353 posts
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    Plus charities are the only ones who can afford the shop rent in city centres.

    Edited by jonsaan at 22:30:21 16-01-2013

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  • OptimusPube 16 Jan 2013 22:30:00 3,078 posts
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    Cosquae wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    How is Oxfam still going with their crap stock?
    You'ld be surprised how often little old ladies leave money to charity in their wills.

    Plus charities tend to have some rather attractive tax breaks on their side.
    Whoosh.

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  • X201 17 Jan 2013 07:51:51 15,523 posts
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    Homebase
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 17 Jan 2013 08:00:58 38,355 posts
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    /shakes magic 8-ball

    Co-op

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  • Triggerhappytel 17 Jan 2013 08:08:19 2,695 posts
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    I can't imagine Game are far from being in trouble again. I think they previously claimed to be on track to make profit this year, but from a consumer perspective Thierry business model has not changed, so it must have just been dead weight stores dragging them down.

    PC World won't be far behind Comet. Maybe a couple of years, but they will share the same fate.

    Anyone know how Argos are doing these days? I think they were in trouble a few years ago, but I don't know since then. I actually really like the business and use them fairly regularly. I love being able to reserve products online then pick them up in store.

    I'm also frankly amazed that WH Smiths are still going.
  • RichieTenenbaum 17 Jan 2013 08:10:46 2,215 posts
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    Superdrug are my prediction
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 08:14:48
    Kostabi wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    I'm always surprised when I see a Games Workshop still on the high street.
    They probably only have to sell two miniatures a month to cover the rent.
    Games Workshop are making a fortune at the moment. They aren't going anywhere.
  • ComradePete 17 Jan 2013 08:25:20 489 posts
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    senso-ji wrote:
    meme wrote:
    I'm gonna say Waterstones.
    Better not be. Visiting the high street becomes more tolerable when there's a large bookshop to browse. I'm still mourning the demise of Borders UK.
    Waterstones are owned be a billionaire Russian now so they'll be fine as long as he's happy to bankroll them.
  • captbirdseye 17 Jan 2013 08:31:35 5,033 posts
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    H&M for me.
  • ZuluHero 17 Jan 2013 08:56:53 4,175 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    /shakes magic 8-ball

    Co-op
    Not so sure about that, we've had 2 co-op franchises (funerals and Travel agents*) open in the last month. And I was visiting the Isle of Wight last year and they pretty much own the island.

    *though I guess these are always in demand ;) /poor taste
  • Moot_Point 17 Jan 2013 09:04:03 4,180 posts
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    Marks & Spencer.

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  • THFourteen 17 Jan 2013 09:06:09 33,623 posts
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    Moot_Point wrote:
    Marks & Spencer.
    NOOOOOO!
  • Moot_Point 17 Jan 2013 09:13:34 4,180 posts
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    @THFourteen Hey it was the only store left on the high street not predicted! :D

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  • PearOfAnguish 17 Jan 2013 09:14:21 7,328 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Moot_Point wrote:
    Marks & Spencer.
    NOOOOOO!
    Only the clothes side of it. Their food sales (the important bit of an M&S) are booming. If they ran into trouble they might sell their larger stores to focus on that.
  • THFourteen 17 Jan 2013 09:24:33 33,623 posts
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    Thats true, i was mainly thinking of the food side.

    Especially in the city, they do a roaring lunch trade. I get a lot of my lunches there.
  • thedaveeyres 17 Jan 2013 09:25:19 11,156 posts
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    captbirdseye wrote:
    H&M for me.
    No way. They're pretty much the least likely high street chain to go under.

    I'll go with Grainger Games.

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  • TVoJ 17 Jan 2013 09:32:03 1,969 posts
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    Blockbuster. Bewsh
  • captbirdseye 17 Jan 2013 09:33:02 5,033 posts
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    @thedaveeyres

    Pretty sure I read that they had an awful Xmas and were struggling to pay suppliers before it.
  • TheSaint 17 Jan 2013 10:04:06 14,495 posts
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    I've never really understood how H&M can afford so many locations. It's not unusual for a reasonably sized city to have two branches a stones throw from each other, not to mention places like London where they have one in Oxford Circus and then another a 100m or so away on Regents Street.
  • boo 17 Jan 2013 10:07:26 11,795 posts
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    Clinton Cards.

    It's not going to be too long before realisation dawns over the populace that they're being charged the best part of a fiver for a piece of folded cardboard.

    Although why it hasn't dawned on them yet is beyond me.

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  • ram 17 Jan 2013 10:09:35 3,482 posts
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    Robert Dyas

    Sells mostly small electronic household goods that can be delivered to your house for cheaper.

    Dooooooommmmed
  • nickthegun 17 Jan 2013 10:11:56 60,159 posts
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    Its the place you graduate to after topshop/man.

    Plus they are fantastic for kids. CHILD R looks like an H&M spokesmodel.

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  • disusedgenius 17 Jan 2013 10:12:04 5,359 posts
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    Not really, all the ones near me sell everything to kettles to cleaners, screws and lighbulbs. I think they've got a wide enough stock range and, probably more importantly, enough things which you can't really wait to be delivered.
  • tincanrocket 17 Jan 2013 10:18:07 3,014 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    How is Oxfam still going with their crap stock?
    Massive amounts of government funding (which is why they can afford a massive central office complex, business class travel, five star accommodation, and 6 figure salaries for senior managers - that's charidee, folks). No chance they'll be going out of business.

    /grinds axe
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Jan 2013 10:57:25 7,328 posts
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    boo wrote:
    Clinton Cards.

    It's not going to be too long before realisation dawns over the populace that they're being charged the best part of a fiver for a piece of folded cardboard.

    Although why it hasn't dawned on them yet is beyond me.
    Related to this is Thornton's, which sells products through Clinton Cards.

    They managed to market themselves as a premium brand once but everyone knows Thornton's chocolate is crap now. Anyone with sense will find a local chocolate shop to get something of significantly higher quality, or head to the nearest Hotel Chocolat.

    The only sad thing about it is Thornton's ice cream is surprisingly good. But they can't pay rent on all that high street square footage selling a few ice creams each day.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 10:58:36 17-01-2013
  • Fab4 17 Jan 2013 11:02:09 6,092 posts
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    Barratts, if there is any justice.
  • tincanrocket 17 Jan 2013 11:25:06 3,014 posts
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    And the winner is..... Blockbuster, apparently. I thought they'd already gone out of business, to be honest
  • BritishBlue1 17 Jan 2013 11:28:05 132 posts
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    @thedaveeyres

    With Game and Gamestation pretty much out of the picture, I think Grainger Games may actually survive simply for being the last man standing.
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