Author Topic: Is This The End Of Retail?  (Read 13507 times)

Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #250 on: January 25, 2019, 09:52:30 am »
Buggrit, Knight & Lee – are they estate agents or solicitors?  ;)

That's nearly as good as the "Womble, Bond & Dickenson" barakta has been receiving nasty lawyers' letters from.  I reckoned they were so BRITISH-sounding they might be a fake company invented by a USAnian.

It's worth noting, they appear to be real. Had he been UKnian rather than USAnian, that name would have been rather character forming I suspect.

Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #251 on: February 01, 2019, 12:37:05 pm »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47085479

Oddbins in administration.    They closed their two central Liverpool branches ages ago, but there is still one in Allerton .  When every Tesco Metro is flogging cheap plonk a specialist shop is going to struggle.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #252 on: February 01, 2019, 12:43:51 pm »
They could have followed the Majestic model, but going bust in 2011 left then too small to make an impact that way. One of my first proper wine buying experiences was in an Oddbins in Glasgow, and at that time the racks were raw timber, and that staff real enthusiasts.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #253 on: February 01, 2019, 12:46:10 pm »
We have an excellent specialist shop. They are local, independent, affordable, but not cheap to the point of selling the crap usually found in Tesco Metro. They know their wines. You walk in, tell them what you are having for dinner and they provide a recommendation they have actually drunk. Most importantly they are not snobs, they will welcome a Lambrini drinker (although they won't sell the stuff but would know where to start with them) as much as a real wine collector.

I don't think I've seen an Oddbins for 15 years here down south but if they were worried their competition was Tesco to the point they sold the same stuff then what's the point going to a 'specialist'. The owners of my local shop know what's good for them, they have one branch a good customer base, no further great plans for expanding into every high street (in fact they aren't even on our high street but down a side road some distance away) but have online presence and nation wide deliveries if you want.

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #254 on: February 01, 2019, 12:58:07 pm »
^ wot 'e said.

We have a similar one. They will sell you a 6.95 bottle of wine or a 50.00 one, without airs or graces.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #255 on: February 01, 2019, 01:02:27 pm »
We have this chap (who is ex Oddbins).  Runs a very friendly shop & supplies several local independent restaurants as well.   https://randhfinewines.co.uk/

I must pop in on my way home,  it's too easy to just pick something up in the supermarket.  I've been getting a bit of stuff from Aldi lately & would say they are better than Tesco. 
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #256 on: February 01, 2019, 02:08:41 pm »
Although my father and I turned up at my sisters with identical bottles at Christmas, mine came from the shop I mention above, his had an Aldi label!!

I've never tried it but he swears by the 'special selection' wines in Aldi or Lidl and says you can get some real bargains. l I guess they go around the world buying bin ends from the exporters and my bottle ended up in such a bin.

He's not the only person who has told me to shop in Lidl or Aldi for wine
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #257 on: February 01, 2019, 08:24:17 pm »
Our local independent has just closed down. Was never busy, but was very knowledgeable and had so e unusual selections
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #258 on: April 27, 2019, 04:14:24 pm »
https://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2019/04/26/cotswold-outdoor-parent-company-seeks-costs-cut-with-voluntary-arrangement


Cotswold, Snow & Rock, Cycle Surgery, Runners Need.  All owned by the same firm, which is ultimately owned by a private equity mob.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #259 on: April 27, 2019, 04:23:14 pm »
Cotswold are useful because of their 15% CTC discount. It makes them the cheapest place to buy Kendal Mint Cake!
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #260 on: April 27, 2019, 05:24:38 pm »
Our local independent has just closed down. Was never busy, but was very knowledgeable and had so e unusual selections

We remarked on the window display when we stayed in Ely for a long weekend a year it two ago - along with the eclectic bookshop a few doors down.
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