Death of the high street

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  1. dutchman

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    They're moving into the retail parks now, I overheard one in the Alvis retail park contacting another at the Gallagher retail park.
     
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    What a life, drive to a retail park to buy shite then drive home. Rather go into the city buy whatever i want then go for a pint and a bite to eat. Much better all round
     
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    Yep, agree. And talk of generic retailers and every city centre in danger of becoming the same, these retail parks ARE all the same pretty much. Same retailers.

    They're great to pop to if you want something specific and then want to just zoom home, but it's hardly an experience.

    Last week I was in town and sat for a cup of tea and a cake here.

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    Surely better than these pop them up in a jiffy, boring block buildings they have at retail parks.

    Coventry city centre still has a way to go for sure, but I heard a retail expert the other week talk in terms of high street retailers possibly going down the Amazon route of you getting something you order within a couple of hours.
    That would mean you go in somewhere like a Debenhams store, identify something you want and have it delivered to the store in two hours, while you wander off to look around other shops, or go and get a bite to eat etc.
     
  4. Nick

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    Ha if only it was that simple and there was nothing else I needed to be doing! By the time I've finished work, done the school run and everything most of the shops in the city centre are closed anyway.
     
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    Primark's open til 7, Nick. Just saying like, if you need a new suit for a wedding or a pair of flip flops.
     
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    Suit. From Primark.

    That is not the way to get your point across.
     
  7. Nick

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    Or I could go to next at the Ricoh until about 8 or 9 with free parking right outside the door?

    Haven't got time to wander about browsing . Straight there, get what I need, go.
     
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    That's my style of shopping, Nick. I hate it if the missus says, for example, that she wants to go into the local town to buy a skirt. We get to the shops and she starts looking at blouses, sweaters or shoes - anything but the skirt she says she needs. It really winds me up.
     
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    Lol mike Ashley buys house of Fraser
     
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    Versace on BOGOF incoming...
     
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    I bet their staff are in for a huge shock
     
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    That’s where Newcastle’s transfer budget went
     
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    And I bet she looks through loads of shops and decides the one she wants to buy is in the first shop she visited - on the other side of the shopping place
     
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    Thankfully mine is worse than me so we don't mess about :)
     
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    Dead right!:emoji_laughing:
     
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    Sports Direct already own a few high end online shops. I bought an expensive jacket online and my card was blocked. The bank phoned me up as they saw the payment was to Sports Direct and was unusually high!
     
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    Pushing the boat out for a firetrap? :)
     
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    Bought a nice pair of black Brogues a couple of years ago
    Only wear them occassionally and it wasn't until the third time until I noticed the Branding imprinted into the leather lol.
     
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    Does he write 'Tosser' in all his clothing then?
     
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    No his mum does but only inside the collar of his coats.
    Sews elaatic into the Cuffs as well to retain his gloves. :p
     
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    I had a card blocked when I tried to buy a washing machine online. The bank said it was an 'unusual purchase'. How often does anybody buy a washing machine? Took me ages to get the card unblocked. Got passed from one department to another. Had to phone their 'security' division and answer a load of damn fool questions.

    Incidentally it was the cheapest washing machine from the cheapest online supplier. Imagine if it had been a more expensive machine or supplier.
     
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    Not quite the same, but I changed my car earlier this year and I was asked to pay the vehicle tax with my card, the web site insisted me entering on my Verified by Visa password for the relatively small sum involved which of course I did not have to hand. Fortunately I resolved the situation with cash & the dealer paid the fee with their card but what a pain.
     
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    Should have tried walking away from the mirror.
     
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    I hope you set it up to auto renew so he gets a nice surprise every year.
     
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    Bought a Tag watch online at the weekend and have absolutely no recollection of doing it at 2.02am on Sunday morning....Its the high street for me from now on. Still son gets a new watch for his 21st in November now!!!!
     
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    Church keeps Amazon shares despite criticism

    The Church of England has said it will keep its shares in Amazon - a day after the Archbishop of Canterbury said the firm was "leeching off the taxpayer".

    The Church Times has revealed Amazon was among the 20 biggest global investments by the Church last year

    Archbishop Justin Welby, in a speech to the Trades Union Congress on Wednesday, said: "When vast companies like Amazon and other online traders, the new industries, can get away with paying almost nothing in tax, there is something wrong with the tax system.

    "They don't pay a real living wage, so the taxpayer must support their workers with benefits.

    "And having leeched off the taxpayer once they don't pay for our defence, for security, for stability, for justice, health, equality, education."
     
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    Have I read correctly? The church is criticising a company for leeching off people and not paying taxes? Do they pay tax on their income? How did the COE amass it’s wealth?
     
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    And a company that they are shareholders in.
     
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    Pathetic
     
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    Surprised nothing was made of the John Lewis announcement yesterday that half-year profits have dropped by 99%.
     
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    At least it's not 100 I suppose.
     
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    I like John Lewis I hope they can ride the storm as I have some vouchers with them from my credit card
     
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    Look at you, little rich boy with your JL vouchers and a credit card.

    Are you sure you're not a Tory?
     
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    Not surprising, they've failed to keep up with the change in the landscape.
     
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    I rarely buy anything any more. I over-shopped in the past and have everything I need.
    Have enough clothes to last me for the rest of my life.
    Haven't visited a department store in years. Almost never visit malls. Rarely shop online.
    Mostly I visit the supermarket and get the odd thing at a charity/thrift shop or eBay.
    The High Street? Where's that?
     
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