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Stafford shops closing - Turning into a ghost town?

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Goldstyle Limousines, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. The Notorious A.N.T.

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    That is a shame but it is a classic example of what has happened in the 'casual dining' sector over the last fews years. A lot of these chains have been sold to private equity groups who then expand too quickly (usually on other people's cash). Corners start getting cut trying to increase profits, quality inevitably falls & trade decreases. Sad for the people who have lost jobs but hopefully the demise of chain restaurants like Pizza Express & Frankie & Benny's will increase trade for the decent local eateries.
     
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    This
     
  3. Wormella

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    Only if the remaining restaurants have capacity and choice. It wasn't that long ago that I can remember failing to get any food at all in town (that wasn't a curry) because pizza express was full and Bella Italia had run out of pizza.
     
  4. pinky

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    Pizza Express in Stafford has always been my favourite Pizza Express, it's a shame that it has gone as it was always busy when we were there.
     
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    It wasn't like all the other identikit Pizza Express', which was a good thing.
     
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  6. Gramaisc

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    Or it may mean an increase in trade for the chain places that survive?
     
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    I think a lot of that was down to the ambiance of the old natwest building, it just felt light and airy no matter how full it was, i'm guessing it is listed so that might limit it's use on resale
     
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  8. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I thought they leased it?
     
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  9. basil

    basil don't mention the blinds

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    Great place for a really big micro-pub ......
     
  10. Pooryorick

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    Or a library, maybe.
     
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    We thought that until we ate at one in Jersey in 2005, on a beachfront. It was a stunning location.
     
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    Or a combined barbers, coffee shop, curry house, tattooists all in one space because the current offerings of these ilks are so far apart in town :)
     
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    I suppose a girly bar with pole dancers and sitch would be out of the question ... ? :cops::heyhey:
     
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    And the staff, many of whom remained there for years and were always excellent
     
  15. Tilly

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    Macro pub then

    Midi skirt

    Austin Maxi

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    Fur dash
     
  17. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Whiplash aerial, racing trim.
     
  18. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    Go faster stripes
     
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    An old Bakelite light switch glued to the dashboard with a dymo tape label stuck below it that says: TURBO
     
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  20. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Fluffy dice and an anti static strip screwed into the rear bumper.
     
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