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Stafford shops closing - Turning into a ghost town?

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

  1. PeterD

    PeterD ST16 Represent.

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    Unsure if it has been mentioned Anslows, the butchers on Sandon Rd has closed due to retirement I believe.
     
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    Sad to see Starbucks closing (it had already been confirmed previously)... Pity the local r
    ag didn't mention the new one that Starbucks have permission for at the Hough....

    MyBelles closing is not a surprise, but I'm genuinely looking forward to Zizzi opening
     
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    Whilst I agree with you, the problem is that at £58,000 p/a rent and all the rates etc. I suspect that this out prices independents and if no other chain comes to take on the lease we will be left with another empty unit.
     
  6. Gareth

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    Couldn't agree more. You do not want anyone closing or leaving town, but even with big multinationals it happens up and down the country and has been for years, it is not a new thing.

    At the end of the day even the big brands will not want to be ripped off by far away and greedy landlords
     
  7. matteus

    matteus A few posts under my belt

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    At the end of the day if the multinationals can't afford to run a shop on the high street what hope do independents have! Glad to see our MP is still doing his absolute best for the town *rolls eyes*
     
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    His 'best' has seen him get an increasing share of the vote at each election, however...
     
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    matteus A few posts under my belt

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    People stick to what they know is safe and I don't blame them for that but as a county town I think we could be doing so much better and it really disheartens me.
     
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  10. Gareth

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    Being a county town has nothing to do with it. Towns up and down the country are struggling because of high rents and rates, lack of council support and most damningly through our shopping habits preferring large supermarkets instead of independent butchers, fruit and veg and fish monger shops.

    Us preferring the all under one roof shopping centres, or retail parks and let us not forget internet shopping.

    All of the latter are OUR doing and our choices hence why there are diminishing returns in town centres, because before all of the shopping centres, retail parks and internet town centres thrived.

    But the biggest moaners are likely the ones who do not venture into town but moan and say to themelves. ` well I don't want to go to town, that is up to everyone else, but why less shops`

    If people did not realise it our town centres need people looking around and spending to thrive. Whether it is a county town or not neither our excluded from the current difficulties faced which will only get WORSE.

    You look at the counties largest metropolis by some distance and who many believe should be the county town.....Stoke on Trent, yet they are the biggest sufferer in the country.
     
  11. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Not the internet ?
    Not the great wealth divide?
    Not the reverse in wages?

    Must be summat else then
     
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    Complain when independents close down but then complain when multinationals shut. There are at least 5 independent places to support to get coffee, all of which pay their taxes..
     
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    I spent £85 in the market on Saturday, doing ma bit to help :)
     
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    How?!!!!
     
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    Like a football stadium, he now bought the naming rights.
    Welcome to the Kyoto49 Market.
     
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    Yet other towns in the area seem to be doing better than Stafford. Rugeley, Cannock, Burton, Newport & Litchfield (ok city not town) all seem to have a smaller proportion of closed shops and a more flourishing atmosphere.
     
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    Bob Marley tobacco tins and dog beds.
     
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    I lose count of the number of people who come in and say "what a lovely shop, I could spend a fortune in here" and then say "Stafford is terrible, there are no shops left" - then they leave WITHOUT BUYING
     
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    It is so easy to become a lazy shopper, I have to work hard at not to become this. There are so many people nowadays that are in a rush, juggling jobs and families, that they do opt for the places where everything is under one roof, or order it online. I try my best to do my bit and will park at the opposite end of town that I need to be in and walk through the town centre and see if there is anything new. But also I try to buy on need rather than want, which doesn't always make me the best customer for shops, but I do try and spread the word to others, when I see something new.
    I popped into town first thing today as I needed a cover for my phone, I did intend to go to the phone shop by savers, as I had not been in before and I wanted to compare prices with the chap in the guildhall, but unfortunatly the doorway was obstructed by people ( 2 women and a man) sitting on the floor, who were looking quite intimidating with their loud voices, I didn’t feel I could have walked around them without some sort of altercation, so I avoided the place. I do feel for the owner, if he has to endure that everyday, I don’t know what the legal solution would be for that.
    Anyway, I have made a promise to myself that I will always look local first before shopping elsewhere, but its not always easy when you are in a hurry for something. Maybe there is a lesson to us all in what you say, to stop and take more time and thought into what we do.
     
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    Rugeley most certainly is not doing better, it's dreadful. Cannock is stagnating in the town centre, sadly and Burton, I never go to because, well, it's Burton.

    Newport and Lichfield are doing considerably better. The average domestic income will be a lot higher as well, I'd imagine. There also seems to be some imagination from those with influence on display with regard to bringing the punters in.
     

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