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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:59 pm 
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I don't use Tesco's either, they keep setting up Express stores by us right next to newsagents/grocers etc by us. I'd rather use the paper shop than Tesco's if it means it costs me a few pence more.

I also refuse to use service station shops - you have to take a second mortgage out just to buy a sandwich and cup of tea.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:00 pm 
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Online shopping has killed my local high street - it's full of charity shops now.


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Just wait untill online charity shopping kills them too :shock:


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Thorntons (the chocolate people) have been on life support for ages...

Waterstones doesn't surprise me... hadn't thought of WH Smiths, but I guess it's a similar model.

I thought Argos where doing OK on the back of their click and collect policy.


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Our local Laura Ashley store's lights are on but nobody's ever home...


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ringo wrote:
Thorntons (the chocolate people) have been on life support for ages...


That surprises me, as it's not like they market a rubbish product (I can vouch for this having munched through 2 boxes' worth over the festive season!!). I can only think that they're being squeezed by neither being at the cheap & cheerful end of the confectionery market nor attracting quite the "luxury" tag of rival chains such as Hotel Chocolat.

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We all shop online so we are all to blame for the demise of the high street as we know it - full of charity shops - not a bad thing - I get my labels from there - thanks to other poeple.

How many blacksmiths, and shoemakers do we see on the high street - its just progress. I wont be crying.


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We all shop online so we are all to blame for the demise of the high street as we know it - full of charity shops - not a bad thing - I get my labels from there - thanks to other poeple.


I shop online a fair bit for bike parts, but only 'cause I find that down here the LBSs aren't much good for odds & ends (horizontal dropout adjusters, under-BB cable guides, that kind of thing) and tend to have a limited range of after-market accessories from the usual suspects beginning with S or G. Whenever I visit my parents I tend to make use of Dad's LBS as it's a bit more "traditional" in that regard, without having failed to move with the times in other aspects.

For what it's worth - out of 20 or so gifts, every item except one of my Christmas shopping this year came from a local high street shop.

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I don't reckon Estate Agents on the high street will last much longer. I can't see a shop window full of photos and lights blazing as a viable business.


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I don't reckon Estate Agents on the high street will last much longer. I can't see a shop window full of photos and lights blazing as a viable business.


The great British public prefer someone to shout at face to face when it's all going t*ts up though!!


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