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Stafford shops closing - Turning into a ghost town?

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

  1. Mudgie

    Mudgie Well-Known Forumite

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    Well, since being rebuilt a hundred years ago in 1921 the Coach and Horses has subsided slightly as can be seen here in the gap between the pub and the framework of the new Civic Centre widening upwards.
     
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  2. BobClay

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    This reminds me of a Stafford Facebook group where there used to be a guy who would give you the make of a crane in any pix you posted. :eek:

    I mean who in ****'s name becomes a crane spotter ?

    The crane in this pix was being used to build the council offices, (where the baths used to be.) And I DON'T know the bloody make of it. :P
     
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  3. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Be fair, it's easy to get hooked.
     
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  4. BobClay

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    I had a look on Google Earth street view to check some of those angles with the Council Offices. That was a mistake !! You can't even see those offices due to new buildings which I didn't know about. Hasn't that site changed a bit, although I'm sure I took some pix in Mill Bank three or four years ago (which have been arranged into a 'neat and orderly' format so now I can't find them. (dig @Carole).)
     
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  5. The Hawk

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    Well this Crane, on Radford Meadows, 9 years ago, attracted a decent crowd.
    upload_2021-3-27_20-3-35.jpeg
     
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  6. Tumble weed

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    Apparently the community supermarket has closed, said to be relocating but who knows, well, that was the word on Facebook yesterday.
     

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    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    It never looked like that. They've nicked a pic from the old County Fruit Stores days.
     
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  8. Wormella

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    Yeah, it's been closed since mid March I think, I did seem very sudden, especially without a sense of if it's reopening, or a new use for the building.

    I'm assuming other food redistribution charities have had a significant impact to their intake.
     
  9. Glam

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    Author AB Wyze. (I think)

    PROGRESS:

    I don’t go down the High Street now
    there’s nothing for me there.
    It’s full of shops that do your nails
    or cut and colour hair.

    I don’t go down the High Street now
    and neither does me wife.
    What used to be a thriving hub
    is now devoid of life.

    They’re building shops way out of town
    there’s nowhere else to go.
    The High Street I’m afraid to say
    has hit an all-time low.

    The High Street used to sing and dance,
    at least it did to me.
    But now it’s sadly out of step
    and painfully off key.

    But way back in the hey day
    when the High Street was the king,
    oh you could spend all day down there
    and buy just anything!

    But now the king has lost his crown,
    no longer does he reign.
    He’s been dethroned by hyper stores
    and supermarket chains.

    Just like a vampire in the night
    they swooped down from the sky.
    They forced the people out of town
    and sucked the High Streets dry.

    We used to have so many shops
    for all that we might need.
    For furniture for shoes and clothes
    and cakes or books to read.

    Butchers bakers fishmongers
    sold fresh and wholesome stuff.
    And though our families were not rich
    we all ate well enough.

    But now they’ve gone, it’s progress see
    yes all have been replaced
    by take-aways and coffee shops
    with all their plastic waste!

    With automatic checkout tills
    appearing everywhere.
    No conversation, pleasantries
    or anecdotes to share.

    I heard it said that money talks
    at first I had me doubts.
    And I was right it does not talk,
    that money bloody shouts!

    It’s always been the same of course
    it’s human nature see.
    We have to travel with the times
    that’s how it has to be.

    And kids today they say I’m old
    and I of course agree.
    They say the future is for them
    and not the likes of me.

    My answer flutters on the breeze,
    a flag that’s flown half mast.
    “I wouldn’t want your future kids...
    I much prefer my past.”
     
  10. Tumble weed

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    Just walked past Shuropody, and they seem to be clearing out the store ? Hope it's not another casualty , it hasn't long been trading here.
     
  11. The Hawk

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    Not enough footfall?
     
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    If it’s where I’m thinking then the footprint isn’t very big.
     
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  13. Tumble weed

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    Don't think this will be an isolated branch closing, the company has been in and out of financial trouble since 2018, and a suggested search was Shuropody closing.
     

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  14. Wormella

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    They have a new home (from their facebook page):

    Good Morning everyone
    So after a very busy 2 weeks of relocating:
    We can announce that the new location for the Stafford Community Hub is :
    Westgate House
    Bellasis Street
    St16 3DD

    We will have some new facilities available to the Community .
    Stafford social Supermarket
    Stafford community workshop
    Stafford community hub .

    The Stafford Trussell trust food bank ‘ in partnership with Trussell Trust
    The new premises are amazing
    and we will post pictures later today
    We will be opening very soon
    This will also be the HQ of Staffordshire Community organisers ,
    Please get in touch if you need our teams help
    Have a great weekend
    Our team will update everyone with the dates that each project will open .

    It's this property - http://www.millarsandy.com/property/936_Bellasis-Street
     
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  15. Tumble weed

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    The old McGregor's is being striped out by metal collector guys. Thought there'd be more value selling the stuff than scrapping it , but hey ho.

    Not sure if the shoe shed has finally closed , walked past yesterday , and the signs saying now open have been tapped over rather abruptly.

    The website store locator seems to have also removed Stafford, seems all we were worth was an eBay store.

    https://www.bluntsshoes.com/our-stores/

    Shame really, give it a few years and Clarks will go from the Guildhall , and ShoeZone is a waste of time. Looks like that'll be another thing forced online. :(
     

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  16. c0tt0nt0p

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    As posted on Facebook, Bryan Taylor who runs the fruit and veg stall in the indoor market is leaving. He's posted that he has plans but no permanent new location as yet.
     
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    From looking at the posts and replies it's looking like there has been a falling out with the council....
     
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    During the pandemic Brian Taylor has developed / expanded to offer a fantastic home delivery service. May be he is going to focus his full attention on growing that business.

    There is little footfall in the market and there doesn't seem much interest by the owners to do anything to address that. Very sad.
     
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