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Title: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 07:52:35 PM
I noticed today that a new Pet Shop had opened in the Victoria Centre, Llandudno. Its next to the pictures place, so only a tiny unit, can it sell enough stuff to survive, because the rents aren't cheap in that place!  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 10:52:29 PM
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I'm going to say Fish Tram Chips because they take so long you can have a beer in the King's Head while you wait. Well worth the wait though.
;D Has anyone been to Gardners lately?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 04, 2010, 12:10:42 PM
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I noticed today that a new Pet Shop had opened in the Victoria Centre, Llandudno. Its next to the pictures place, so only a tiny unit, can it sell enough stuff to survive, because the rents aren't cheap in that place!  :o

Seems to be the chappie from the Pet shop near the back of Boots.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on September 04, 2010, 12:23:02 PM
I wonder what will happen to the Vic Centre when Boots in Parc Llandudno gets the pharmacy go-ahead?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2010, 06:16:47 PM
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I wonder what will happen to the Vic Centre when Boots in Parc Llandudno gets the pharmacy go-ahead?
I think they'll keep it open. Still a good location for them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on September 27, 2010, 07:35:33 PM
To switch the subject to shops, I notice that the old style sweet shop which opened with a big fanfare earlier in the year (Captain Bertollas thread in the old forum), well its closed today and has every sign of being closed for good. As forecasted by several forum members
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 27, 2010, 09:02:40 PM
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To switch the subject to shops, I notice that the old style sweet shop which opened with a big fanfare earlier in the year (Captain Bertollas thread in the old forum), well its closed today and has every sign of being closed for good. As forecasted by several forum members
The Bike Hire shop has been selling off all their bikes for the last couple of weeks, as well. So  much for them being the saviours of Llandudno business. ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bellringer on September 28, 2010, 11:33:00 AM
Mike, he must have grown about a foot since the early 60s but I am sure you have the same chap. I will try and find a pic.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on September 28, 2010, 06:17:41 PM
Does anyone know if "The Good Life" fruit and veg people are setting up anywhere else in town. I was in there just before they closed and caught the end of a conversation about them having another location either already or in mind.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 06:23:36 PM
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Does anyone know if "The Good Life" fruit and veg people are setting up anywhere else in town. I was in there just before they closed and caught the end of a conversation about them having another location either already or in mind.
As I understand it, they are turning the fruit & veg shop into a mens barbers and running that.  They are also still renting their old location around the corner in Bodhyfryd road, maybe they intend to reopen that as the fruit and veg shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on September 28, 2010, 06:25:41 PM
Have you heard about the German Barber ... I believe his name is Herr Kutt  !!

 L0L L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on September 28, 2010, 06:28:45 PM
Or the Russian - Rudineer Kutizedoff?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on September 28, 2010, 06:33:16 PM
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Or the Russian - Rudineer Kutizedoff?

No matter how I look at that ... I still don't get it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2010, 06:34:22 PM
Ruddy near cut his head off
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on September 28, 2010, 06:38:13 PM
Loses something in the translation...


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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bellringer on September 28, 2010, 06:51:53 PM
The former One Stop store on the West Shore (West Shore Garage) has a St David's Commercial "Let" sign on the window - anyone know what's happening there?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on November 16, 2010, 03:31:08 PM
The Chocolate Shop, Tipyn Bach, which closed down earlier in the year by the traffic lights on Trinity Avenue/Augusta Street is to re-open as an antique shop in the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bellringer on November 16, 2010, 05:56:18 PM
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The former One Stop store on the West Shore (West Shore Garage) has a St David's Commercial "Let" sign on the window - anyone know what's happening there?

Bit late I know, but as we can now see, this has opened as a mobility business - so get your "scooter" here.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2010, 05:57:47 PM
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The former One Stop store on the West Shore (West Shore Garage) has a St David's Commercial "Let" sign on the window - anyone know what's happening there?

Bit late I know, but as we can now see, this has opened as a mobility business - so get your "scooter" here.
Yes, 'Ableworld'.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 04, 2010, 08:49:32 AM
A large For Sale sign in Vollams window this morning .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 04, 2010, 08:52:03 AM
They've been trying to sell it for a year or two. The competition from Mr. Roberts must have got too much!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 04, 2010, 10:55:17 AM
The new shop in the Victoria Centre where you have your feet nibbled by a tank full of fish seems to be drawing great interest.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 04, 2010, 10:57:01 AM
Ah yes, I went past on Thursday and they were still fitting it out but people were knocking on the door and asking to book appointments. I think it will be a 5 minute wonder myself, the rents in the Victoria centre are so high that an awful lot of feet will have to be nibbled to make a profit!

Any ideas on how much a nibbling session will cost?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 04, 2010, 02:00:26 PM
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Ah yes, I went past on Thursday and they were still fitting it out but people were knocking on the door and asking to book appointments. I think it will be a 5 minute wonder myself, the rents in the Victoria centre are so high that an awful lot of feet will have to be nibbled to make a profit!

Any ideas on how much a nibbling session will cost?

Its £7.50.  (In the Manchester Arndale its £10)
Mrs Fester is going to give it a try....(rather those fish than me) ...but I can't see this venture lasting.
The rent and rates for that unit was over £30,000 per annum!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on December 04, 2010, 02:34:30 PM
Ah, yes, but dont forget the overheads are low----they dont have to buy fish food!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on December 04, 2010, 04:44:26 PM
eew.... I really don't like the idea of fish nibbling my feet, but then I've recently watched the Piranha film.  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cartier on December 04, 2010, 05:31:37 PM
How is it that the Cafe and butchers were closed opposite Vollams this afternoon?
3 Saturdays before Christmas and they are closed seems a bit odd to me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on December 04, 2010, 06:37:52 PM
Poyntons have always closed early on a Saturday.  Don't know about the Cafe but wasn't that the place that the police rushed to on Friday afternoon?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on December 04, 2010, 11:08:26 PM
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They've been trying to sell it for a year or two. The competition from Mr. Roberts must have got too much!

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 05, 2010, 05:53:37 PM
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Ah yes, I went past on Thursday and they were still fitting it out but people were knocking on the door and asking to book appointments. I think it will be a 5 minute wonder myself, the rents in the Victoria centre are so high that an awful lot of feet will have to be nibbled to make a profit!

Any ideas on how much a nibbling session will cost?

Its £7.50.  (In the Manchester Arndale its £10)
Mrs Fester is going to give it a try....(rather those fish than me) ...but I can't see this venture lasting.
The rent and rates for that unit was over £30,000 per annum!

We had a look this afternoon, no one was having it done but they say they've sold lots of gift vouchers and should be busy in January. I told them I could not believe it was real and there's 'Candid Camera' somewhere! L0L They said it was £10 for 15 mins :-X sounds bonkers to me  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 11, 2011, 10:01:33 PM
It would appear that Aldi are planning on closing their Llandudno store, as it is shown as being available to let. Rental is £245,000 per year:

http://www.lambandswift.com/PropertySheet.aspx?id=119 (http://www.lambandswift.com/PropertySheet.aspx?id=119)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on March 11, 2011, 10:21:14 PM
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It would appear that Aldi are planning on closing their Llandudno store, as it is shown as being available to let. Rental is £245,000 per year:

http://www.lambandswift.com/PropertySheet.aspx?id=119 (http://www.lambandswift.com/PropertySheet.aspx?id=119)

Wow, seems a lot. Makes me wonder how Superbowl manae to stay in business. The place is always empty midweek and isn't exactly heaving on the weekends anymore either
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 11, 2011, 10:22:17 PM
I've always wondered about the Superbowl, as well. Amazing how it keeps going.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 11, 2011, 10:34:56 PM
 ??? Does'nt look good,especially with Halfords old store sitting empty for so long. :'(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on March 11, 2011, 10:41:45 PM
I hope Aldi doesn't close as it's on the way back from my gym and is the only shop round there that is open till 8pm so it's easy to nip in and grab a few bits. If they do close hope it gets taken over by a similiar shop though - a poundshop like the one in the Bay wouldn't be a bad idea. It's way better than the one in Mostyn Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on March 12, 2011, 07:21:08 AM
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I hope Aldi doesn't close as it's on the way back from my gym and is the only shop round there that is open till 8pm so it's easy to nip in and grab a few bits.

It's also arguably the best of the supermarkets for bargains and even quality of own-brand product in many cases .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 12, 2011, 07:34:34 AM
Probably because it is German and the Germans are very fussy about their diet and food.   I regard their products as excellent, and the Stollen is to die for (so I understand as it is off my eating list!).     L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 12, 2011, 01:19:11 PM
La Senza at Parc Llandudno is closing down next Saturday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 12, 2011, 08:33:32 PM
This is very worrying.
La Senza and Aldi are major national and international brands... with more quality jobs going down the tubes in Llandudno.
To lose another 2 such stores so soon is really symptomatic of how bad the economy really is.
When will we be told the REAL truth about Unemployment AND Inflation??   :rage:

I buy quite a lot from Aldi, and its always busy.  Strange decision.
I obviously buy less from La Senza, but still buy a little something for Mrs F at Christmas.

I wonder what Parc Llandudno management and the local chamber of commerce (if such a thing exists) propose to do about the dwindling quality retail situation in this area?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bellringer on March 12, 2011, 09:30:02 PM
Sorry Fester, but whenever I have been in Aldi, it hasn't exactly been busy. Never seen more than two tills open - perhaps I choose the very quiet operating times!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 13, 2011, 02:12:44 PM
I've never heard of La Senza and having Googled it I can see why, it's pants!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: brumbob on March 13, 2011, 02:24:57 PM
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I've never heard of La Senza and having Googled it I can see why, it's pants!
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 13, 2011, 02:28:48 PM
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I've never heard of La Senza and having Googled it I can see why, it's pants!

as well as------- :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: brumbob on March 13, 2011, 02:30:02 PM
It is worrying if a store that provides essential items closes, everybody needs foodstuff
and it's not unusual to only have two tills open Stan, most Aldis often only have one open except at busy times
unlike most supermarkets their staff really do have to multitask.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 13, 2011, 07:04:55 PM
 :( J D Sports next to the Town House is moving into La Senza,of course that will kill that end again with Alworths on the way out and Hoosons chemist due to close it does;nt look good.This of course will feed the i blame Parc LLANDUDNO BRIGADE,yes it has;nt helped but every town has empty shops at the moment,although Bangor with its new Dunhelm Mill and TK Makk is doing very well. *&(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 13, 2011, 07:13:27 PM
TK Maxx would be an excellent candidate for the Aldi site..... but not as THOSE rents!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: suepp on March 13, 2011, 07:18:27 PM
22 empty premises in Ruthin at present too
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 13, 2011, 07:22:38 PM
Perhaps the rise of the Internet has led to a complete shift with regard to the role of the High Street? Previously, it was only the larger companies that could afford to have a shop on a town's main street, due to the very high rent and rates. Now, a lot of those companies have gone but the rent/rates are still far too high for any local business to contemplate taking a shop. What's the solution?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 13, 2011, 07:29:33 PM
The Landlords who have had it so good for so long must be satisfied with less!  They will also be the losers, no money coming in, no money for repairs, upkeep suffers, structure deteriorates and eventually crumbles into a pile of dust!   L0L

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on March 14, 2011, 08:10:23 AM
I think that's right; the landlords have been enjoying a field day for years, but it's coming to an end, now, and they have to adjust.

I suspect that increased internet shopping  - while it may not kill the high street - will certainly transform it. I doubt many folk will be happy buying shoes or flowers from the internet, and items like wallpaper (for those who like it) are still going to have to be seen and touched. But the real problem is the rents, as Yorkie says.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 14, 2011, 08:20:29 AM
The question is how long Landlords will hold out before capitulating on the rent? A few shops along Mostyn Street have been empty for several years (the old Going Places shop between Peacocks and Gimberts springs to mind). In that time, the Landlord has paid out three years worth of rates (£30-40,000 in total), plus paid for extensive repairs and redecoration. All this without receiving a penny in rent. They are currently asking £50,000 a year rent.

EDIT: I just checked and that particular shop is owned by:
BOOTS THE CHEMISTS LTD
PROPERTY DIVISION               
1 THANE ROAD WEST               
NOTTINGHAM     

Was it once a Boots shop maybe?                 
   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 14, 2011, 08:54:13 AM
not just rent (for years I have thought, better a lower rent than no rent) its high business rates too  :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on March 14, 2011, 09:52:53 AM
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EDIT: I just checked and that particular shop is owned by:
BOOTS THE CHEMISTS LTD
PROPERTY DIVISION     

That's not good news.  Boots will be content to allow that property to remain on their books as an asset, I suspect,  and won't worry to much about the occasional outlays.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 14, 2011, 08:01:46 PM
With Regard to Alworths, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the Mayor's comments regarding its closure.

She said in the NWWN  (and I'm paraphrasing) ''maybe it wasn't supported properly by the local community''

Two questions, Firstly what planet is she on?  A shop is somewhere that offers something that you can't resist buying...and in return it makes money and survives.  Who in thier right mind thinks, oh poor Alworths looks like its struggling,  I think I'll pop down there and buy a basket full of stuff I don't need, just to help them out.  Total nonsense.

Second question .... since the opening ceremony by the oh so critical Mayor, how many times has SHE been down there to stock up on pick'n'mix?

In fact, I've been a little worried about Gimberts glassware recently, there was no one in today when I passed ... so I am off to buy an over priced vase that I don't like.... just to make sure they don't close down.

 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 14, 2011, 08:11:17 PM
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With Regard to Alworths, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the Mayor's comments regarding its closure.

She said in the NWWN  (and I'm paraphrasing) ''maybe it wasn't supported properly by the local community''
I noticed that as well. It just shows how out of touch some of our elected representatives are.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Paddy on March 14, 2011, 08:18:01 PM
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With Regard to Alworths, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the Mayor's comments regarding its closure.

She said in the NWWN  (and I'm paraphrasing) ''maybe it wasn't supported properly by the local community''
I noticed that as well. It just shows how out of touch some of our elected representatives are.

Was she elected to the position of Mayor?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2011, 08:15:21 AM
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With Regard to Alworths, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the Mayor's comments regarding its closure.

She said in the NWWN  (and I'm paraphrasing) ''maybe it wasn't supported properly by the local community''
I noticed that as well. It just shows how out of touch some of our elected representatives are.

Was she elected to the position of Mayor?
Well, she was elected to be a Toytown Councillor, and they then had a raffle to decide who should be Mayor for the year. Runner up gets a packet of Polos.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 15, 2011, 08:36:06 AM
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Well, she was elected to be a Toytown Councillor, and they then had a raffle to decide who should be Mayor for the year. Runner up gets a packet of Polos.

And even then the raffle was rigged by all the old hands!     L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2011, 11:48:54 AM
Next Clearance in Mostyn Street is closing at the end of August.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 16, 2011, 12:04:07 PM
I think very soon we should erect a new sign at the top of Penrhryn Hill saying:

SORRY - LLANDUDNO IS CLOSED!

  $eu      $uk      $wales      $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2011, 06:21:24 PM
I noticed today that all the window displays in Wonderllandudno gift shop (on corner by Bog island) have been cleared - is it closing, I wonder? I know the whole building was sold not so long ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on April 07, 2011, 07:14:12 PM
DFS are advertising for staff in the NWWN today, I think I read they are taking over the old MFI store.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 07, 2011, 09:56:40 PM
 :roll:Only Aldi or old Halfords available that we know. 8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 09, 2011, 08:41:31 PM
The old Wonderllandudno shop at 1 Mostyn Street (recently acquired  by Mostyn Estates) is undergoing complete renovation inside:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 10, 2011, 09:31:25 AM
 DFS are advertising for Mostyn Champneys so as far as i know only one side of the road belongs to Champneys so that would rule out Old Halfords leaving only Aldi available that we know of. :-X :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on April 10, 2011, 11:03:33 AM
I won't be too happy if they close down ALDI - they sell damn good gear!   The food ain't bad either!   :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on April 10, 2011, 11:45:49 AM
 sorry wrex but if you look at the map on their site the halfords site is no21 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 10, 2011, 01:01:52 PM
 :) Cheers Norm i had not seen any ref to where it may be. :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 11, 2011, 08:53:49 PM
...and so we say Goodbye to Hoosons Corner after how many years trading in Llandudno?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 12:35:13 AM
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...and so we say Goodbye to Hoosons Corner after how many years trading in Llandudno?

Quite sad when you think about it. Must have been the last named 'corner' to go.  :'(

Dunphy's, Bunny's, Wright's.......

Hang on, there's still the Carlton Corner!  :)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 08:11:14 AM
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It will still be called Hooson's Corner as it has been since Hooson left the place years ago!    ZXZ
Does the family still own the building?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on April 12, 2011, 09:19:59 AM
 as us oldies will remember the saying about burtons corner ,many a saying about that one lol
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 12, 2011, 02:47:59 PM
Burttercups is now a bright red painted Pizza place.

The old greengrocers/barbers etc in Upper Mostyn Streeet is selling a load of stuff--shall I be rude and say junk?-- outside as well as inside today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 03:50:30 PM
I believe the greengrocers/hairdressers is hopingto become a takeaway sandwich shop. The original plan was for it to become a Tearoom but it looks as though the planning application has been withdrawn.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:09:28 PM
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as us oldies will remember the saying about burtons corner ,many a saying about that one lol

Burton's corner, forgot about that one.

Tony Burton springs to mind, selling newspapers. No connection to Burton's itself, purely a coincidence.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: suepp on April 12, 2011, 06:13:09 PM
I remember Tony selling the football results on a Saturday outside Woolies
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:24:47 PM
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I remember Tony selling the football results on a Saturday outside Woolies

I remember Eddie from Conway Road selling papers there.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 06:36:52 PM
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I remember Tony selling the football results on a Saturday outside Woolies

I remember Eddie from Conway Road selling papers there.  :)
Was he the guy with the light blue three wheeler disabled car?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 06:37:21 PM
Alworths has now shut down.  :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on April 12, 2011, 06:43:40 PM
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Alworths has now shut down.


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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:56:11 PM
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I remember Tony selling the football results on a Saturday outside Woolies

I remember Eddie from Conway Road selling papers there.  :)
Was he the guy with the light blue three wheeler disabled car?

Yes, he's sadly not with us anymore.....along with Tony.  :( Two local characters, gone but not forgotten.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 12, 2011, 07:22:17 PM
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It will still be called Hooson's Corner as it has been since Hooson left the place years ago!    ZXZ
Does the family still own the building?

I believe the whole L-Block is owned by the same individual(s).

That will probably be from Marie et Cie and right round to the Con Club and maybe as far as the Masonic Building.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 07:26:23 PM
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It will still be called Hooson's Corner as it has been since Hooson left the place years ago!    ZXZ
Does the family still own the building?

I believe the whole L-Block is owned by the same individual(s).

That will probably be from Marie et Cie and right round to the Con Club and maybe as far as the Masonic Building.
Thanks, Bri, that's interesting.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2011, 08:48:20 PM
The Hoosons Building is owned by a company called 'Marketing Exchange for Africa Limited', who are apparently a London Property Investment company.

EDIT: I've been informed by a very good source that the company above only owns the upper floors, the actual shop units are owned by Bryn Pharmacies. Thanks, very good source!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on April 12, 2011, 10:27:33 PM
 years ago the saying was i,ll show my a**e in burtons window  or to pick an old tart up there lol or that was where the 2 bobbies would stand and you couldn,t see them in the dark doorway oh that was when  they walked the streets
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 12, 2011, 10:54:18 PM
 :o :o :o  Marketing Exchange For Africa Limited ????   Or M.E.A.L  for short?

..and its a curry restaurant up there?       Sounds dodgy to me...   :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 03:25:35 AM
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:o :o :o  Marketing Exchange For Africa Limited ????   Or M.E.A.L  for short?

..and its a curry restaurant up there?       Sounds dodgy to me...   :-X

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 13, 2011, 02:26:23 PM
THere is a rumour ???? flying round locally that the Chemists is to be a Charity Shop.
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Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 02:32:34 PM
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THere is a rumour ???? flying round locally that the Chemists is to be a Charity Shop.
Oh dear.  *&(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 13, 2011, 02:36:21 PM
Might only be a rumour-- it is a very large space for a Charity Shop to fill unless they are going to sell furniture. Also the place smells awful, the Chemist was telling my OH before it closed that there are dire problems with the drains in the basement.
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Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 02:37:23 PM
I cant believe that there isnt a business willing to pay market rent for a shop like that.
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Post by: Pendragon on April 13, 2011, 02:40:54 PM
Which Chemist is it ?
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Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 02:47:46 PM
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Which Chemist is it ?
The one across the roundabout from the Carlton. Been a Chemist there for donkeys years.  :(
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Post by: Jack on April 13, 2011, 04:45:32 PM
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Might only be a rumour-- it is a very large space for a Charity Shop to fill unless they are going to sell furniture. Also the place smells awful, the Chemist was telling my OH before it closed that there are dire problems with the drains in the basement.

I believe it is quite prone to flooding too.  When we get those intense Summer rain storms, rainwater pours into the basement and cellar.  I have regularly seen fire engines being used to pump out the water.
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Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 04:55:05 PM
 *&(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 05:10:00 PM
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Which Chemist is it ?
The one across the roundabout from the Carlton. Been a Chemist there for donkeys years.  :(

Phillips Jewellers were also at the location at one time - the chemists were on the Upper Mostyn St side and of course Paynes' Corner House cafe/restaurant was above.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 13, 2011, 06:38:44 PM
 Roundabout looks lovely. :P
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Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 06:42:13 PM
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Roundabout looks lovely. :P

I expect you remember the Illuminations at night Wrex?  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on May 02, 2011, 09:04:18 AM
 ;)Poundstretchers are on the move too Alworths,apparently they have bought all their 16 stores. $good$
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Post by: DaveR on May 05, 2011, 10:45:58 PM
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;)Poundstretchers are on the move too Alworths,apparently they have bought all their 16 stores. $good$
Retail Week magazine is saying that Llandudno and Evesham are not included in the deal.
http://www.retail-week.com/property/poundstretcher-snaps-up-alworths-stores/5025063.article (http://www.retail-week.com/property/poundstretcher-snaps-up-alworths-stores/5025063.article)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on May 06, 2011, 05:00:52 PM
 :) It was the manager of the store who told me she was going back there,but Dave sometimes people get it wrong,bit weird though. :'(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 06, 2011, 05:08:24 PM
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:) It was the manager of the store who told me she was going back there,but Dave sometimes people get it wrong,bit weird though. :'(
Maybe they are just going to try and rent the premises independently, rather than as part of a deal to buy Alworths? Time will tell!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 02:44:36 PM
I see the former Going Places shop on Mostyn Street (between Peacocks and Gimberts) has scaffolding up yet again for repairs. It must be the third time in the last 6 months that the building has needed repairs - its been empty for over 3 years, so must be costing the Landlord (Boots Properties, I think) a fortune in maintenance costs and business rates, all without a penny in rent being received.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on May 20, 2011, 05:09:30 PM
Agreed... but it will look very handy as a 'tangible asset' on Boots balance sheet.... as if its actually WORTH Circa £750,000 to anyone.  L0L

The murky world of company accounts, I suspect.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2011, 09:38:08 PM
The former &Shus shop in Lloyd Street, Llandudno, is nearing completion as a new cafe for the Hambone.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2011, 09:47:53 PM
New ZipYard clothing alterations shop in Madoc Street, Llandudno. Didn't this used to be called Diana's Emporium or similar?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 29, 2011, 09:49:47 PM
Wasn't it a furniture shop until recently?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on May 29, 2011, 10:28:34 PM
Didn't it used to be a photography shop?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 29, 2011, 10:34:14 PM
Yes, it was a while back but I think it was also a furniture shop of late but it did not stay open for long.

Unless I am mistaken that shop was also well known as 'Davies the Jew' during the 60's and 70's run by Mr Davies and his sister.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 04, 2011, 06:37:03 PM
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Weren't they in the process of applying to stay open until midnight, seven days a week?

I double-checked when passing earlier and Sainsbury's have definitely applied to stay open until midnight, seven days a week.

There was also a closing date of two weeks ago so I assume it will not be long before a decision will be made.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on October 04, 2011, 07:01:36 PM
I would have thought it was normal practice to apply for the longest possible opening hours even though they will probably not actually stay open until midnight on a normal basis but it means they don't have to apply for an extension for special occasions (Extravaganza etc...) where they may choose to use the late opening should the occasion arise.
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Post by: DaveR on October 04, 2011, 07:36:54 PM
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I would have thought it was normal practice to apply for the longest possible opening hours even though they will probably not actually stay open until midnight on a normal basis but it means they don't have to apply for an extension for special occasions (Extravaganza etc...) where they may choose to use the late opening should the occasion arise.
Quite correct, the licence application should not be taken as an indication of normal opening hours.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on October 04, 2011, 11:03:38 PM
Don't know if this has been brought up but I heard a rumour that Primark is going into where Iceland and Superbowl are!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 05, 2011, 02:09:54 AM
I suppose one of you may eventually be right !!

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Heard a rumor that Frankie & Benny's http://bit.ly/pPyPwz (http://bit.ly/pPyPwz) are taking over the unit currently occupied by Iceland in Llandudno
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Post by: wrex on October 05, 2011, 07:42:46 AM
 ;) The Iceland unit seems a bit too big for a Frankie and Bennys and im sure much too small for Primark.  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2011, 01:11:12 PM
A MAJOR supermarket has confirmed it will be moving into an empty Llandudno shop.

The former Alworths store on Mostyn Street will become a Sainsbury's Local, creating up to 25 new jobs.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the town centre site, which they hoped to have open next year, will have a sales area of nearly 3,000 square feet, and stock a range of 'every-day products' between 7am-11pm.

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/106841/job-boost-for-llandudno-sainsbury-s.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/106841/job-boost-for-llandudno-sainsbury-s.aspx)

 $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 05, 2011, 01:24:45 PM
So will it be open until 11pm, seven days a week or just midweek?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on October 05, 2011, 11:11:45 PM
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;) The Iceland unit seems a bit too big for a Frankie and Bennys and im sure much too small for Primark.  ££$

Thats why I said the superbowl aswell, as in they are knocking through and making it into one!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: margo on October 06, 2011, 06:37:31 AM
have heard that the old halfords is not going to dfs but to a store called " the range" don't know how true this is
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 06, 2011, 07:55:03 AM
 :) Sorry Dogstail ,that will teach me to read posts properly. :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on October 06, 2011, 08:28:13 AM
So do you think Tesco pulled out of the old Woolworth site as they plan an Express store in the old Clarence site instead? That would be a nasty surprise for Sainsburys and they'd only be a couple of hundred yards apart.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 06, 2011, 08:47:49 AM
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;) The Iceland unit seems a bit too big for a Frankie and Bennys and im sure much too small for Primark.  ££$

Thats why I said the superbowl aswell, as in they are knocking through and making it into one!


I wonder if the ten pin bowling alleys will remain?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2011, 08:49:19 AM
I doubt Sainsburys would be worried, they will have the space in Woolies to have a far wider range of merchandise and they also have a better reputation for quality. There's also the novelty factor, of course, being as the nearest Sainsburys is currently over in Rhyl.

I dont think Tesco were ever seriously interested in Woolies; as I understand it, Poundstretcher were gazumped by Sainsburys there. Tesco were never involved. They have a history of participating in Travelodge developments, so it doesn't come as a great surprise.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2011, 08:42:12 PM
Inside the old Woolies, as it is gutted prior to conversion to the Sainsburys Local format:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on October 06, 2011, 08:49:55 PM
  You and your trusty camera certainly get around
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on October 12, 2011, 01:33:45 AM
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;) The Iceland unit seems a bit too big for a Frankie and Bennys and im sure much too small for Primark.  ££$

Thats why I said the superbowl aswell, as in they are knocking through and making it into one!


I wonder if the ten pin bowling alleys will remain?

Well we would need something to do while the women shop!! :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on October 12, 2011, 10:28:42 AM
DFS sofa store creates 16 jobs in Llandudno - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/p81bZj (http://bit.ly/p81bZj)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 12, 2011, 02:01:48 PM
The Red Cross Charity shop opened this morning in Mostyn Street
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 12, 2011, 02:33:29 PM
 Well the town is on the up now
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 12, 2011, 03:35:53 PM
Burtons have started their Closing Down Sale. Caffe Nero will be taking over the premises in a week or so.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 12, 2011, 06:12:56 PM
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Burtons have started their Closing Down Sale. Caffe Nero will be taking over the premises in a week or so.

This closure will probably only leave M&S, Greenwoods and WH Smiths in (and just off) Mostyn Street as shops left from my childhood during the fifties.

I wonder have I missed one?   ?{}?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 18, 2011, 05:53:04 PM
 ;D Shutters where up and lights on in the old Threshers on Gloddaeth Ave last nite  ,anyone know whats going on. I think most people have gone away looking at the lack of postings on the forum.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on October 19, 2011, 05:32:44 PM
The Theshers Store, (which became 'The Local') was again lit up all day today, and activity was going on inside.

I don't know what is happening, but the potential is that something is getting ready to start trading.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 20, 2011, 11:49:14 AM
 ??? I find it hard to understand how DFS have not filled their job vacancies for the Llandudno store, they seem to have been advertising these jobs for months yet still advertising today ,weird. ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 22, 2011, 07:55:19 PM
The old Image Gallery shop in Upper Mostyn Street is to be a Tailors:
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Post by: Blodyn on October 24, 2011, 01:47:31 PM
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This closure will probably only leave M&S, Greenwoods and WH Smiths in (and just off) Mostyn Street as shops left from my childhood during the fifties.

I wonder have I missed one?   ?{}?

What about Clare's and Marie et Ci?  I know the latter is now M & Co but some people still use the old name. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 24, 2011, 06:42:24 PM
Clares may still say Clares but it is now under different ownership than the founder's family.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 25, 2011, 08:54:53 AM
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This closure will probably only leave M&S, Greenwoods and WH Smiths in (and just off) Mostyn Street as shops left from my childhood during the fifties.

I wonder have I missed one?   ?{}?

What about Clare's and Marie et Ci?  I know the latter is now M & Co but some people still use the old name.

I will agree with Clare’s as it is still there but, Blodyn, I cannot accept Marie et Cie because it has definitely gone.

What about Searle’s the opticians down by the Savoy cinema?

I didn’t need specs in the fifties so I cannot remember how long Searle's have been established in Mostyn Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 27, 2011, 08:14:57 AM
Lots of activity in the old Bay Trading shop lately, it's currently being refurbished inside and out - is a tenant on the way in?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 27, 2011, 10:54:34 AM
It also looks as if the RNLI will shortly be moving into one of those two new shops across the road from Harmony House in St George's Place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on October 27, 2011, 08:40:17 PM
Iceland is no longer shutting, and will be staying open.  I just feel sorry for all the staff that left when really they had no need to, hope they are happy wherever they are.
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Post by: Fester on October 27, 2011, 11:55:49 PM
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Lots of activity in the old Bay Trading shop lately, it's currently being refurbished inside and out - is a tenant on the way in?

Wasn't that the Past-Times seasonal store, open only until Xmas last year?
Maybe it will be the same again.


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Post by: DaveR on October 28, 2011, 08:19:44 AM
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Lots of activity in the old Bay Trading shop lately, it's currently being refurbished inside and out - is a tenant on the way in?

Wasn't that the Past-Times seasonal store, open only until Xmas last year?
Maybe it will be the same again.
Possibly but the work looks a bit more comprehensive than for a casual tenant. Maybe its just the Landlord sprucing it up to try and make it more attractive.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 28, 2011, 08:20:53 AM
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??? I find it hard to understand how DFS have not filled their job vacancies for the Llandudno store, they seem to have been advertising these jobs for months yet still advertising today ,weird. ZXZ

Have you seen the scale of the alterations still being carried out?

Perhaps, DFS are unable to say when they hope to be open.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 28, 2011, 08:58:17 AM
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Iceland is no longer shutting, and will be staying open.  I just feel sorry for all the staff that left when really they had no need to, hope they are happy wherever they are.

"A spokeswoman for Iceland commented: “We can confirm that the Iceland store at Mostyn Champney Retail Park was due to close on November 5 due to heavy overheads. However, after discussions with the landlords we are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be remaining open and that the store will be refitted in the very near future."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/10/28/llandudno-s-iceland-supermarket-to-stay-55578-29675933/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/10/28/llandudno-s-iceland-supermarket-to-stay-55578-29675933/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on October 28, 2011, 08:29:36 PM
Anyone heard of an antique furniture warehouse opening next week in the former Ball and Boyd building?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 29, 2011, 11:55:46 AM
Yes I was told about 10 days ago and when I offered a free plug on the forum I was turned down !
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Post by: ormegolf on October 29, 2011, 01:39:31 PM
Nemesis that was'ent very nice, especially to a kind lady like you. Don't they know that there is no such thing as bad publicity (except of course cafes and bad public health inspections)
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Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2011, 02:57:34 PM
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Yes I was told about 10 days ago and when I offered a free plug on the forum I was turned down !
A new business that turns down free advertising? Amazing.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 29, 2011, 03:45:07 PM
mmmm that's what I thought !
And thanks for the compliment Mike  :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 30, 2011, 07:54:34 PM
Goodbye Burtons, the one time 'tailors of taste', 1934-2011:
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Post by: DaveR on October 30, 2011, 08:16:04 PM
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Lots of activity in the old Bay Trading shop lately, it's currently being refurbished inside and out - is a tenant on the way in?

Wasn't that the Past-Times seasonal store, open only until Xmas last year?
Maybe it will be the same again.
Possibly but the work looks a bit more comprehensive than for a casual tenant. Maybe its just the Landlord sprucing it up to try and make it more attractive.
The always informative Oscar has the answer to this one, and its more good news for Mostyn Street. The former Bay Trading store has been let to Country Casuals on a 15 year lease.

"The £450,000 letting and sale of retail unit in Llandudno has been completed.

Cheetham & Mortimer, a Manchester-based retail and leisure property consultant, acting on behalf of Valad, sold the building to a private investment company.
The deal was conditional upon the successful new letting to clothing retailer Country Casuals for a 15-year term at a commencing rent of £67,000 per year.
The incoming tenant will receive an incentive package equivalent to two years rent, the property consultant said.
The grade-II listed 3,770sq ft retail unit is in Mostyn Street in the town centre.
Under its new landlord, the building will undergo refurbishment with the new store due to open in spring 2012."


http://www.ccfashion.co.uk/ (http://www.ccfashion.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 31, 2011, 06:19:50 PM
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Chocolate?  then why were they on the pier throwing dozens of lemons up in the air the other day, with a crew of photographers accompanying them?

 ?{}? ?{}? ?{}?
The photo can be seen here:
http://www.truetaste.tv/ (http://www.truetaste.tv/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 01, 2011, 03:01:21 PM
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Anyone heard of an antique furniture warehouse opening next week in the former Ball and Boyd building?

Been in today-- everything from Washing machines to Furry Coats in there !
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Post by: Fester on November 01, 2011, 05:56:09 PM
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Anyone heard of an antique furniture warehouse opening next week in the former Ball and Boyd building?

Been in today-- everything from Washing machines to Furry Coats in there !

I heard from another source today that it is more of an indoor market?  Stalls etc... What were your impressions Nemesis?
 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2011, 06:12:58 PM
Everything all neatly displayed as if ready for an auction!   Price tickets on all items and appears to be just a second hand goods shop.    ZXZ
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Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2011, 07:03:23 PM
Must go and have a look around.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 01, 2011, 09:00:29 PM
No stalls Mr Fester, more of a wander round second hand goods shop!
Noticed today that the fishy foot nibble shop in the Victoria centre has closed down. seems it will be a tooth whitening centre.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 01, 2011, 09:45:08 PM
We were in Bangor a week a go and noticed their other shop in the Deiniol Centre had already closed down.

There was a notice in the door requesting customers with gift vouchers to contact the Llandudno shop.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2011, 09:51:35 PM
Wonder if it was that front page article in the Sun about the health hazards that finished them off?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 01, 2011, 11:02:22 PM
More likely the massive rents and business rates, plus utilities for that unit in The Victoria Centre.
When I enquired, it would have needed approx £45k per year to cover both.
Sue Nash must be gutted, back to square one for that unit.

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Post by: Pendragon on November 01, 2011, 11:23:20 PM
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No stalls Mr Fester, more of a wander round second hand goods shop!
Noticed today that the fishy foot nibble shop in the Victoria centre has closed down. seems it will be a tooth whitening centre.
Well I won't be dunking my head in a bucket of water for any fish to whiten my teeth....that's for sure  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 02, 2011, 08:33:34 AM
My thoughts were I hope if the teeth whitening goes ahead that it will be less public than the fish affair. Don't fancy a view of everyone's tonsils ! :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 02, 2011, 06:32:13 PM
Just heard that the little shop at the corner of Clifton Road and Gloddaeth is closing this week.
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Post by: DaveR on November 02, 2011, 07:40:21 PM
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No stalls Mr Fester, more of a wander round second hand goods shop!
Fester and I paid a visit to the old Ball & Boyds today, quite a range of furniture and collectibles, most of which was priced up. Prices seemed quite high for a lot of the furniture.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 03, 2011, 08:34:08 AM
That was my opinion about prices Dave, although as we are still looking for a small piece of furniture and spent some time in Pen. on Sun looking at same --they aren't that high. :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on November 03, 2011, 08:42:44 AM
Maybe the prices have been set so you can barter a bit.  I'll have to go and a have a look.  Nemesis have you looked in the reclaim centers in llandudno and Colwynbay they have some nice bits of furniture in them sometimes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 03, 2011, 01:37:16 PM
Not recently Pen-- will have to go and have a look. Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on November 03, 2011, 03:34:07 PM
Whereabouts is the one in Colwyn Bay?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on November 03, 2011, 04:53:06 PM
I think it's the next road up from Coed Pella if I remember rightly.

http://www.conwyreclaim.org/ (http://www.conwyreclaim.org/)

Don't Crest on the junction roundabout sell furniture too?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on November 03, 2011, 05:11:31 PM
Thank You
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on November 03, 2011, 07:28:47 PM
Conwy Furniture Reclaim is on Douglas Road (which is opposite Theatre Colwyn) in the old drinks depot and they have a second warehouse opposite the police station on Rhiw Road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 03, 2011, 09:41:49 PM
The new Tailors shop in Upper Mostyn Street looks to be opening shortly, lot of activity there this week.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 04, 2011, 02:50:25 PM
 With CC coming to an agreement over the lease of the old Bay Trading shop, there must be hundreds of other buissnesses who would do the same  and this is why i thought a Town Manager was a good idea,it could have been their responsibility too find out who owns each building and try to encourage other nationals to take up all the empty units dotted over town. Obviously the Victoria Center is not allowed to reduce its rent or they would be full ,i imagine other tennants would complain and ask for a reduction themselves, but there is no reason why the shops in the Mostyn st need stay empty besides greed from the owners. :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 06, 2011, 05:28:22 PM
 8) I keep trying to look at Savill;s website to see the old Hooson;s property ,it has their sign up but can i find any trace, ok im being a nosey old git but hey. Not sure if im missing something on their website but Llandudno does not come up. :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 06, 2011, 07:33:35 PM
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8) I keep trying to look at Savill;s website to see the old Hooson;s property ,it has their sign up but can i find any trace, ok im being a nosey old git but hey. Not sure if im missing something on their website but Llandudno does not come up. :rage:
I'm sure the rent is something stupid like £70,000 a year for Hoosons.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 06, 2011, 11:36:31 PM
Dave, I recall that when we enquired about leasing that property a few months ago, it was £78,000 rent and £70,000 rateable value.
I also recall that we ended our interest there and then, didn't we?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 07, 2011, 08:58:29 AM
Yes, it's a good location....but not worth anywhere near that much. It's going to be empty for a while unless they lower their expectations.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 09, 2011, 09:15:04 PM
Sainsburys seems to have come to a stop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 10, 2011, 06:37:30 PM
The Primark rumour somebody mentioned a few weeks has surfaced again even though Iceland have said they are staying, watch this space. :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2011, 10:28:45 AM
DFS have really ripped the old Halfords to bits, it is down to the roof and a a few supporting walls now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 15, 2011, 11:26:16 AM
Which probably explains this !!

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??? I find it hard to understand how DFS have not filled their job vacancies for the Llandudno store, they seem to have been advertising these jobs for months yet still advertising today ,weird. ZXZ

Have you seen the scale of the alterations still being carried out?

Perhaps, DFS are unable to say when they hope to be open.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2011, 09:08:36 AM
I understand the former Good Life fruit & veg shop on Upper Mostyn Street is now to become a Barbers again.  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 16, 2011, 11:31:07 AM
It was hoping to sell mattresses last week.
It seems she is also selling or hoping to share her dog !!
No comments !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 16, 2011, 12:34:31 PM
I might take up the offer to share that dog..... As I couldn't eat a whole one one on my own.  $dins$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 17, 2011, 03:24:19 PM
Just had a reply to my question to Sainsburys, when are you planning on opening, their reply was when we recieve our alcohol license,so the store is being held up by CCBC.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 17, 2011, 11:34:13 PM
Rumour has it (over on Oscar) that the Sainsbury's shop may not open after all.

It goes on to say that work has ceased, pending a decision on whether Tesco comes to town.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2011, 08:20:53 AM
I think that's unlikely, but you never know. Sainsburys have certainly signed the lease and stripped out the interior, so they are pretty much committed. Personally, I'd go to Sainsburys rather than Tesco every time.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 18, 2011, 08:33:23 AM
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Personally, I'd go to Sainsburys rather than Tesco every time.

Recently, thanks to some vouchers that Sainsburys sent us (£6 off if you spend £40) we have been going once a week to Sainsburys at Rhyl and it's very good with many good prices too  D)  The one problem with using the old Woolworths site in Llandudno is no parking (unless you are lucky!)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 18, 2011, 08:37:53 AM
The other day I purchased 4 tyres for the price of 3 at ATS on the prom and received an application form to send off for £40 off a grocery bill or £40 of petrol at Sainsburys.

As for CCBC holding things up, it could be because of this:


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The application for an Alcohol Licence by Sainsburys for the former Woolies site is daily from 6am – Midnight.

There is a second application to serve refreshments from 11pm – Midnight.

What is that all about?

Their application is being dealt with by a firm of solicitors down in London who will no doubt know what they are doing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2011, 01:04:28 PM
It's a standard Licence application for any shop that wishes to open late. The Licencing Sub-Committee doesn't meet very often, so it will have to wait until their next meeting.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 23, 2011, 01:59:54 PM
Nice to see one of the units in the Victoria Center is under offer.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 29, 2011, 09:52:51 PM
Two years i heard, at least its open a bit later these days
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on November 30, 2011, 11:23:29 PM
That will probably be the xmas opening hours!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 10, 2011, 07:23:01 PM
The owners of Manor Fine Foods are opening a new 'Manor Kitchen & Wares' shop in the old Whoops shop in St Georges Place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 11, 2011, 08:40:39 AM
They seem to have their heads screwed on,these are the sort of shops people like.Went to Betws-y-coed last friday nite and there are a lot of good shops by the station of which Manor foods is the nearest we have.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on December 11, 2011, 11:15:24 AM
Manor Fine Foods Shop in Llandudno and online http://bit.ly/rHE9Km (http://bit.ly/rHE9Km)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 13, 2011, 05:15:05 PM
Little  sweet shop next to Cafe Nero now being worked on in St Georges Place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 13, 2011, 05:25:42 PM
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Little  sweet shop next to Cafe Nero now being worked on in St Georges Place.

Thats a shop I very nearly took over, about 2 years ago.
The rent seemed reasonable, but a damp problem (and odour) throughout needed to be dealt with by the Landlord before I would commit myself. But I was given no such assurances.

Now, I am hoping that whoever takes it on does well, and can take advantage of a possible revitalisation in that area, beginning with Caffe Nero, and the Manor kitchenware shop...  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 20, 2011, 09:46:55 AM
At the moment, we have HMV, Blacks Clothing, Milletts (same company as Blacks) all with a presence on Mostyn Street and all on the brink of financial collapse. In addition, the owner of Priceless Shoes went into administration on the 9th December.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on December 20, 2011, 11:48:03 AM
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At the moment, we have HMV, Blacks Clothing, Milletts (same company as Blacks) all with a presence on Mostyn Street and all on the brink of financial collapse. In addition, the owner of Priceless Shoes went into administration on the 9th December.

And the main reason for all the failing businesses in Llandudno is because the "powers that be"  chose to put an "out of town" shopping centre right in the middle of the town's main (for 150 years) shopping area that used to survive very well under the capable hands of their individual owners!

I think we are looking at R.I.P. Mostyn Street!   All due to the greed of Councils and Landowners!  Nothing short of . . . . . . .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 20, 2011, 12:00:37 PM
With regard to HMV, if anyone has any vouchers SPEND THEM NOW!

They are on the point of going bust as Dave says...
Due to chronic debt levels and falling sales, the entire HMV group is valued at a paltry £12million,  that is approximately one weeks takings for HMV group at this time of year.

This is a worse position than Zavvi was it when it folded about 3 years ago...
When that happened my daughter and I were left with vouchers which became instantly worthless.


Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 20, 2011, 12:31:10 PM
Yorkie all those firms Dave R has just mentioned would still be going bust with or without Parc Llandudno,and the addition of Mostyn Champneys and Parc Llandudno have made Llandudno a good shopping base.Wether you like it or not without those two retail parks Bangor would be streets ahead and most people would be shopping there.With no help for the main shopping street whatsoever from LTC they are very much responsible for any decrease in footfall up Mostyn st.There are no xmas market stalls, no kiddies rides, no carol singers, no brass bands ,pathetic xmas lights so tell me why you would go out of your way to go up Mostyn st.It is about time the traders got of their backsides and pressured the TC to get of theirs and make improvements.Happy Xmas. >>>
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 20, 2011, 01:21:52 PM
no carol singers or brass bands D). Sounds great to me (not the biggest fan of Xmas!) ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 21, 2011, 08:10:49 AM
As Oscar has noticed, Sainsburys have finally applied for Planning Permission for their Mostyn Street store.


Location: 113 Mostyn Street Llandudno Conwy LL30 2NP
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Llandudno Town Council
Minor Development Extension
Received Date : 22/10/2011
Determination Level Delegated
Development Type(s): Ward: Gogarth
Registered Date: 14/12/2011
Team: Major Applications Team
Proposal: Installation of new shop front and ATM


Location: 113 - 117 Mostyn St Llandudno Conwy LL30 2NP
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Llandudno Town Council
Advertisement
Received Date : 22/10/2011
Determination Level Delegated
Development Type(s): Ward: Gogarth
Registered Date: 14/12/2011
Team: Major Applications Team
Proposal: Display of 2 no. externally illuminated fascia signs, 1 no. internally illuminated hanging
sign, 3 no. non illuminated vinyl signs and 2 no. non illuminated timber frame signs


Location: 113 - 117 Mostyn Street Llandudno Conwy LL30 2NP
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Llandudno Town Council
Minor Development Extension
Received Date : 29/10/2011
Determination Level Delegated
Development Type(s): Ward: Gogarth
Registered Date: 14/12/2011
Team: Major Applications Team
Proposal: Erection of: 2 no. air conditioning condenser units and 1 no.refrigeration condenser unit at
roof level and surrounding acoustic screen, 1 no air conditioning unit above the recessed
door on the rear elevation
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 22, 2011, 12:46:18 PM
Looks as though Gimberts shop in Upper mostyn Street is closing down.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 22, 2011, 01:20:06 PM
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Looks as though Gimberts shop in Upper mostyn Street is closing down.
It was only a matter of time, I suppose, since they opened the Mostyn Street shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 23, 2011, 08:37:37 AM
This is one of the biggest eyesores on Mostyn st ,so this is very good news
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 23, 2011, 11:30:40 PM
La Senza, was a vibrant store in Parc Llandudno last year... before pulling out of the town, but now, many thousands of people accross the UK are in fear for their jobs once again as it enters administration.
See the story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16322404 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16322404)

This saddens me, as HMV, Millets, Blacks Leisure and Thorntons Chocolate are following close behind in the race to go out of business.
People need jobs, towns need employers... society needs both.
Scary stuff.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 24, 2011, 07:44:42 AM
All a great shame, but we've never gone in these shops, La Senza I've never even heard of! It now seems that no one else goes in them either!
But yes we need the jobs etc, but I think the future will be  Asda etc and internet shopping.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 24, 2011, 09:12:20 AM
Dave R we need more than a local buissness man with Conwy connections,Mr Flannigans sign is still in the window.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 24, 2011, 09:54:21 AM
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All a great shame, but we've never gone in these shops, La Senza I've never even heard of! It now seems that no one else goes in them either!
But yes we need the jobs etc, but I think the future will be  Asda etc and internet shopping.

La Senza sells beautiful ladies underwear Merddin-- far beyond my pocket  !!!!!! :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 24, 2011, 10:00:07 AM
No wonder I've never heard of it then! Not something I've ever bought or ever would!  :o :o

I'm still recovering from buying perfume for erindoors £45 for a small bottle  :o :o :o :o makes petrol seem a bargain!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 24, 2011, 10:33:55 AM
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Dave R we need more than a local buissness man with Conwy connections,Mr Flannigans sign is still in the window.
Name begins with a P.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 27, 2011, 07:39:20 PM
DFS all finished on the outside and looking very nice, just the shopfitters left to go inside.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 05, 2012, 10:32:40 AM
HomeStore (down at the bottom end of Mostyn Street) is closing down.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 05, 2012, 03:17:39 PM
Again ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 05, 2012, 03:19:56 PM
Well its going to be a different sort of year ,i;ll start on a NWWN [POSITIVE] stance with the Clarence,Caffe Nero, Sainsburys,the railway station,Parc Llandudno completion and DFS OPENING on Feb 18 and then the nagatives of which we don;t know how many more stores are to close and we don;t know if the town council will take a blind bit of notice about the xmas blights,state of the West Shore, clean the town beach daily,we can live in hope.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on January 05, 2012, 04:58:36 PM
Anger at plans to install parking charge cameras at Asda Llandudno - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/w8YhId (http://bit.ly/w8YhId)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 05, 2012, 05:56:11 PM
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Anger at plans to install parking charge cameras at Asda Llandudno - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/w8YhId (http://bit.ly/w8YhId)

Thanks for the info, I completely missed the front page!     _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on January 06, 2012, 05:06:10 PM
Retailer Blacks Leisure to go into administration - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/z2kQyn (http://bit.ly/z2kQyn)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 06, 2012, 05:23:46 PM
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Retailer Blacks Leisure to go into administration - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/z2kQyn (http://bit.ly/z2kQyn)

Milletts shops also affected, yet another closure in Mostyn Street.    ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 06, 2012, 05:34:30 PM
Apparently, JD Sports are now purchasing Blacks Leisure in a £20m deal.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 09, 2012, 03:38:59 PM
Shame to see a to let sign on the old JD Sports shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 10, 2012, 11:08:12 AM
It seems that GAME Group (shop next to the Library) are the latest retailer to hit financial trouble.
http://www.myretailmedia.com/blog/5976/game_group_fears_mount_after_tough_christmas.php (http://www.myretailmedia.com/blog/5976/game_group_fears_mount_after_tough_christmas.php)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 10, 2012, 11:19:58 AM
With regard to GAME, they are in the same boat as HMV,
The shop is usually packed with people testing out new equipment, and browsing games.
Then the vast majority go home and order it from Amazon or Play.com

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 12:59:57 PM
Select & Save in Upper Mostyn Street has just gone up for sale - trying to get out before Sainsburys arrive, no doubt!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 01:01:30 PM
The 'Pots 2 Colour' shop on 11 Llewellyn Avenue is now available to rent at £10k a year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 13, 2012, 01:27:07 PM
The Pots 2 Colour shop is a great retail unit....  its a shame that its just too far off the beaten track to get customers in decent volumes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 01:50:06 PM
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The Pots 2 Colour shop is a great retail unit....  its a shame that its just too far off the beaten track to get customers in decent volumes.
Indeed, it also comes with a very large garage at the back that's ideal for parking/storage.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 13, 2012, 02:42:51 PM
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The Pots 2 Colour shop is a great retail unit....  its a shame that its just too far off the beaten track to get customers in decent volumes.

It seems to have been alot of different things that I can remember-- A Gents outfitters, a hairdressers, nail bar, children's makeover, florists and latterly DIY crafts.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 16, 2012, 09:10:16 AM
HIGH street clothing chain Peacocks is said to be on the brink of administration as talks with its lenders continue.

A series of complex talks between Peacocks – who have stores right across North Wales – and equity and debt holders have delivered no solutions, a Sunday newspaper said, leaving the future of the company hanging in the balance.

But a spokeswoman for the group said briefly: “Restructuring discussions are ongoing.”

Bon Marche, the 200-shop retailer which is part of the Peacocks Group, is understood to be close to being sold, but there is uncertainty around the remaining 550 Peacocks stores.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/01/16/peacocks-stores-on-the-brink-55578-30129192/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/01/16/peacocks-stores-on-the-brink-55578-30129192/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 17, 2012, 06:08:11 PM
Peacocks now apparently have 9 days to find new investors... or they will be forced to close.

Bon Marche (owned by Peacocks) has been openly for sale for a good few years, but never really got close to being sold.
That too, unless sold quickly as a going concern, would be forced to close.

Peacocks makes a trading profit, but all that cash and more gets swallowed up by its chronic debt.
It looks bleak, and just what Mostyn Street does not need!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 18, 2012, 09:42:49 AM
I don't believe the Peacocks shops are under threat at all, it's a profitable business that will be sold on and prosper under new owners.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on January 18, 2012, 10:25:32 AM
Quote
Peacocks makes a trading profit, but all that cash and more gets swallowed up by its chronic debt.
It looks bleak, and just what Mostyn Street does not need!

I suspect most of the 'debts' are, in fact, the refusal of landlords to lower their lease costs. It seems the one group - nationally - that's not seeing the current economic climate as a reason for pricing competitively is Landlords.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 18, 2012, 10:35:38 AM
That's a good point. High Street rents are far too high and are killing some retailers. I suppose the Landlord's view is that the retailer was happy to sign the Lease and should therefore honour the obligations therein.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 18, 2012, 10:43:07 AM
I've always thought that receiving a lower rent is better than no rent. But then I've never been a landlord and they could argue that they have a mortgage on the property to pay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 18, 2012, 11:42:05 AM
Sainburys advertising for staff at their Llandudno store:
http://sainsburys.jobs/vacancy/search (http://sainsburys.jobs/vacancy/search)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 18, 2012, 11:34:25 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16621080 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16621080)

Sadly, Peacocks could not avoid being put into administration on Wednesday.

It doen't mean the end, as the stores will continue trading in the short term, and the bank (Barclays) have not ceased funding the business.  But if it gets sold on, there will be many fewer stores and the remaining business will look very different.

What sticks out for me is the pathetic glib words uttered by the politicians at times like this, at the end of the attached short news article.  They really are useless and it does nothing to allay the worries of employees and families.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 19, 2012, 09:06:27 AM
I noticed that Clares were closed yesterday, apparently in preparation for a £647,259 stock clearance that begins today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 19, 2012, 11:23:22 AM
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I noticed that Clares were closed yesterday, apparently in preparation for a £647,259 stock clearance that begins today.

We've just been and spent money in there, quality goods at bargain prices, hence it's busy in there, worth a look!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 19, 2012, 11:38:40 AM
THE recession has hit several stores in Colwyn Bay as the town has lost three prominent shops in the town centre with another closing in March.

Peacock’s on the corner of Station Road and Conway Road is also under threat as the national chain faces administration.
Last week Dorothy Perkins’ and Burtons’ shared store in the Bay View centre closed, as has the Arkwright’s discount shopping store on Penrhyn Road, as well as Linney Cooper carpet and upholstery cleaners on Abergele Road. Linney Cooper’s Craig-y-Don shop will remain open.

Home Curtains and Bedding on Sea View Road, managed from Manchester, is also holding a closing down sale before shutting in March.

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/19/colwyn-bay-shops-closing-55243-30151407/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/19/colwyn-bay-shops-closing-55243-30151407/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 19, 2012, 12:49:44 PM
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I noticed that Clares were closed yesterday, apparently in preparation for a £647,259 stock clearance that begins today.

We've just been and spent money in there, quality goods at bargain prices, hence it's busy in there, worth a look!

What??  more spending???   I thought we had been through this?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 19, 2012, 01:34:39 PM
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I noticed that Clares were closed yesterday, apparently in preparation for a £647,259 stock clearance that begins today.

We've just been and spent money in there, quality goods at bargain prices, hence it's busy in there, worth a look!

What??  more spending???   I thought we had been through this?  :laugh:

I'm trying to save high street shopping :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 19, 2012, 08:51:32 PM
Peacocks HQ in Cardiff,  have immediately made 249 saff redundant.  (Approx 50% of the workforce at that site)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16621364 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16621364)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on January 19, 2012, 09:21:18 PM
I thought superbowl was finally done for as I walked past tonight and it was all closed up.
However a sign told me they had just closed for their 'christmas' party  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2012, 01:04:41 PM
Fashion retailer New Look is closing 10% of its outlets, equating to about 60 shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 23, 2012, 02:19:19 PM
Bon Marche has been quickly sold off by the administrators in charge of Peacocks.

A private equity firm has bought it, and instantly announced that approx 40% of the stores will close!
More here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16680318 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16680318)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on January 24, 2012, 10:41:37 AM
Trespass Outdoor Clothing are opening a store in Llandudno 13/2/12, don't know where. They are advertising for Manager, Assistant Manager and a Sales Assistant. Sales Assistant hours are only 4+ per week.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2012, 07:51:53 PM
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DAVE WHATS GOING IN THE SHOP NEXT TO JD, WORKMEN IN THEIR TODAY, HOPE FESTER DID,NT HAVE TO WAIT LONG IN THE PUB FOR YOU LOL
Yes, he said he saw you in town!  $good$

That shop is going to be Country Casuals, a ladies clothing store.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 30, 2012, 08:03:15 PM
do we know where Trespass is going yet
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2012, 06:43:14 PM
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do we know where Trespass is going yet
No, I've got my best men working on finding out...  :laugh:

Caffe Nero is edging closer, I'm looking forward to going there when it opens.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on January 31, 2012, 08:03:06 PM
We went in Millets this morning and the stocks are looking increasingly depleated. The shop front/window area has been closed off altogether. We also went to Bangor this afternoon where Bonne Marche was showing a closing down sale not evident in the Llandudno Branch windows. The shop previously siting Past Times is also being painted etc. If I was a betting man ....I would say Millets or Past Times swap for Trespass is a distinct maybe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2012, 08:24:15 PM
Past Times is to be Country Casuals and a Viyella outlet (according to the signs that went up this afternoon).

Maybe Millets might end up being a Trespass, time will tell..
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: cygnusx-1 on January 31, 2012, 09:14:04 PM
I understand Trespass are going in the old Next shop by Jessops.

3 outdoor shops within 250 yards on Mostyn Street.......somthing has to give!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 02, 2012, 01:40:54 PM
Oscar thinks that Sainsburys opening in Llandudno may be under threat thanks to the actions of CCBC's conservation officer:

"Sainsbury's are by no means guaranteed to open in #LLANDUDNO, due to #Conwycouncil 's conservation officer.He is playing awkward"

He deserves to have a kick up the A*** then, we can't be creating problems for a quality retailer like Sainsburys who is willing to invest in the town, with all the accompanying jobs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 02, 2012, 03:44:28 PM
What is he conserving? an empty tatty shop! I suppose he has to follow the instructions from various committees and sub committees  :roll: :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 02, 2012, 04:01:55 PM
Footprints and Red Tape--- again !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 02, 2012, 10:20:47 PM
Not enough of the brown envelopes in circulation!    ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on February 03, 2012, 12:20:37 AM
I agree Yorkie......the guy is taking the mik  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 03, 2012, 12:46:42 PM
Do you remember Billy Rowlands the tobacconists shop?  Next door to Stange?  He had lovely curved windows and I thought it such a shame when the shops amalgamated and they had to disappear.  Now the new Vyella shop with curved windows have solved the problem by painting them grey so that they look like pillars.  What a shame that the planners allowed them to do this.

According to this week's NWWN there are planning problems with the proposed Sainsbury's.  If it is allowed to drag on much longer they will just give up and go somewhere more welcoming which will be a shame as I want to use my Nectar card"!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2012, 01:10:21 PM
Those curved windows in Country Casuals are actually perspex, they became very discoloured and Past Times covered them over with paint or vinyl. Shame they haven't forked out to have glass reinstalled there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Craigydonian on February 03, 2012, 02:29:51 PM
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Those curved windows in Country Casuals are actually perspex, they became very discoloured and Past Times covered them over with paint or vinyl. Shame they haven't forked out to have glass reinstalled there.

My Father used to own 68, Mostyn Street. He was a pharmacist and his business Blades Chemist was on the ground floor, with a stockroom and staff room on the first floor, and a flat on the second floor which he let out for a number of years. At that time it had plate glass curved windows and they were still there when he sold the property in 1984. However I have a feeling that vandalism later led to them being replaced with something slightly less prone to damage.
I'm pleased to see that you read the Weekly News Llechwedd. There are planning ongoing  problems with Sainsbury's  and CADW is involved, but I've been assured these are close to being resolved and Sainsburys are still eager to open in the town.
Caffee Nero's marketing department say they expect to open mid to late February but can't give a definite date yet.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 04, 2012, 12:13:53 PM
What's with all this underlining? It's really REALLY irritating Ian!

Yes of course I remember Blades the chemists Craigydonian, those were the days.  I didn't know that the current windows were perspex but had noticed how discoloured they are.  No excuse to paint them though just put glass back.  Probably cost a fortune.  How do you bend glass that size?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 04, 2012, 10:25:03 PM
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My Father used to own 68, Mostyn Street. He was a pharmacist and his business Blades Chemist was on the ground floor, with a stockroom and staff room on the first floor, and a flat on the second floor which he let out for a number of years. At that time it had plate glass curved windows and they were still there when he sold the property in 1984. However I have a feeling that vandalism later led to them being replaced with something slightly less prone to damage.
That's interesting, I don't suppose you have any photos of Blades to share?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 05, 2012, 12:30:39 AM
Here you go Dave, a picture of The Blades for you, as requested.... (aka Sheffield Utd FC)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2012, 08:33:37 AM
Erm....thanks mate!  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2012, 04:43:42 PM
The new CC/Viyella shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on February 06, 2012, 10:05:19 AM
I think they have done a lovely job with the CC/Viyella shop. Looks very smart and good quality, just the type of shop we need around there to start to bring it up to the mark again. Let's just keep our fingers crossed for Sainsbury's as that will increase the footfall in that area dramatically.

I think that the Caffe Nero will look very good. I have been in many of their cafes across the country and have always felt that they do the best job out of all Starbucks, Costa etc. in making their cafes look top-quality. They will milk it, but I am not sure how much business they will take off places like Cafe Culture etc. Anecdotally, I know myself and friends of mine probably wouldn't have gone to those other places for a coffee, we would probably just not have bothered or gone for a stronger drink elsewhere as the coffee is usually like dishwater in most places in town. Some places like Fortes, have a loyal customer base, that I think will stick to it and Caffe Nero might be a bit pricey for other people who usually go to places like the Milk Bar and the Coffee Centre.

With Caffe Nero, I would probably be spending money I otherwise probably would not have spent.

Hopefully that corner will look a lot more inviting than it did when it was Burtons. I always thought those painted-over windows and the boxed-off display windows made the whole building look a bit dead.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 06, 2012, 04:34:27 PM
Work has started today on Sainsburys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2012, 07:32:08 PM
Hoarding goes up around the old Woolworths, now to become a Sainsburys Local.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2012, 12:22:56 PM
Cotton Traders will be taking over the vacant Wades Clothing shop at 78 Mostyn Street and will be opening in early April.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 08, 2012, 04:45:15 PM
Thank goodness for that!   It may stop them having the need to fill my post box with their dreadful sales catalogues!      ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 08, 2012, 04:56:10 PM
Sainsburys opens 16 march
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2012, 05:17:46 PM
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Sainsburys opens 16 march
...at 7am!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 08, 2012, 05:23:42 PM
Err…that’s handy.

The 16 March is my wife’s birthday and I still have £40 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers after recently purchasing a new set of tyres from ATS just before Xmas. 

+}}{--
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 08, 2012, 08:13:03 PM
Good plan that Bri,you give your beloved 40 pounds worth of vouchers and you get a slap up meal out of it. L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 09, 2012, 08:15:46 AM
OMG-- That's asking for trouble !!! >:(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on February 09, 2012, 05:41:29 PM
Empty shops report is rubbish says Llandudno landowner - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/zfI0zF (http://bit.ly/zfI0zF)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 09, 2012, 07:58:29 PM
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Empty shops report is rubbish says Llandudno landowner - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/zfI0zF (http://bit.ly/zfI0zF)

...and he's absolutely right. In the last couple of months, we've seen a wave of investment in Llandudno like nothing we've seen for years. Travelodge, DFS, Caffe Nero, Sainsburys, Country Casuals, Trespass, Cotton Traders. Maybe even Premier Inn too, if the 'rumours' are correct.   :laugh:

If we look at the south side of Mostyn Street....from William Glover right up to Gimberts, there will shortly be only 2 empty units, one being the former TSB Bank and the other the old Burger King restaurant. Of those two, the Burger King has recently been purchased and will hopefully be opening as 'something' shortly.

On the North side, its fully occupied from WG Gifts down by Bog Island right up to the old Diskos shop. Then we have the three empty shops in a row by the new Sainsburys. I'm confident that one or more of those empty shops will soon be let once Sainsburys opens, as the footfall in that area will increase dramatically.

On Upper Mostyn Street, there are currently no empty shop units, although Gimberts is closing down shortly.

Considering we are in the middle of a severe recession, this really is very impressive.  Well done, Llandudno! $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cambrian on February 09, 2012, 08:11:44 PM
Dave - thanks such a clear and positive posting. It puts things into perspective when you consider the sad state of the retail areas of comparable - and larger - towns in other parts. I share your belief that the empty shops adjacent to Sainsbury's will be snapped up once that store is opened.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 10, 2012, 12:11:49 PM
I love the way Hiller says only 7% of shops are currently empty.  Obviously not counted all the charity shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 10, 2012, 12:21:48 PM
Lights are on in Wades today.Iwonder why it takes such a long time,that unit has been under offer for almost a year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 12, 2012, 09:16:21 AM
When Sainsburys opens it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the three empty units along side to be taken up.I got to thinking what sort of buisness would be attracted to sit along side a Sainsburys,it will be interesting to see if Gareth Roberts see;s any increase when it opens,im sure the Carlton will NOT but that is different.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on February 12, 2012, 02:59:45 PM
DFS Llandudno | Opening Times http://bit.ly/w6PVIj (http://bit.ly/w6PVIj)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 12, 2012, 03:09:06 PM
Should be able to get a new sofa in time for Xmas! :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on February 12, 2012, 03:13:41 PM
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Should be able to get a new sofa in time for Xmas! :laugh:

Which one?  _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 12, 2012, 03:26:27 PM
I don't know, one is spoilt for a Choice of sofa in that establishment, 

  Or did you mean which Xmas? _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2012, 08:28:17 PM
I believe a new tenant will shortly be announced for the empty Diskos shop in Mostyn St.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 15, 2012, 07:42:23 AM
 $walesflag$ Who are you mixing with to get information like that. _))* Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2012, 08:12:48 AM
 :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2012, 08:13:53 AM
One of the currently occupied retail units in Parc Llandudno is now available for lease, I won't name it in case the staff are not aware.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on February 15, 2012, 09:43:37 AM
That's a shame, is it one of the big ones? Or one of the subdivided smaller ones?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2012, 09:46:18 AM
It's one of the smaller ones.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2012, 11:43:01 AM
I see a story in the Pioneer about the new wave of businesses moving into Llandudno.

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/110343/future-looks-bright-as-new-stores-arrive.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/110343/future-looks-bright-as-new-stores-arrive.aspx)

I was intrigued to see the Mayor's comment that:

"I know Mostyn Estates are working in conjunction with other partners to make sure these shops are used."

What?  :roll:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 15, 2012, 12:21:47 PM
Lights on and men in the empty shop next to Milletts?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2012, 12:50:25 PM
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Lights on and men in the empty shop next to Milletts?
It is to be a branch of Cotton Traders.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 16, 2012, 05:55:18 PM
Yes BlongB,

I am amazed how many businesses are closed down this week. &shake&
This is half-term week,  there will be no busier week before Easter.

But... I see closed retailers everywhere.  &shake&
Will they be the same ones moaning about business being poor later in the year?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2012, 09:24:54 PM
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Looks like Take a break are extending into part of Hooson;s
Indeed!

Location: 96 Mostyn Street Llandudno Conwy LL30 2SW
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Llandudno Town Council
Change Build Use
Received Date : 30/01/2012
Determination Level Delegated
Development Type(s): Ward: Gogarth
Registered Date: 10/02/2012
Team: Minor Applications Team
Proposal: Change of Use from an A1 Perfume shop to an A3 cafe/restaurant to include internal alterations

How many cafes and coffee shops can Llandudno stand before something gives...?
I saw builders going in and out of Hoosons today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 18, 2012, 08:25:14 AM
So did I but it seemed to be the pharmacy/chemists half which was receiving attention, not the perfume shop part. Wonder if the planning was for all the shop or if it is to be divided.?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2012, 09:15:34 AM
I believe it is to be divided, with Take A Break taking the former Perfume shop area and the former Chemists being let separately.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2012, 09:16:39 AM
I understand that the Milletts shop will be closing shortly, with the business being transferred to Black's other Llandudno shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 18, 2012, 11:49:15 AM
Two "new" shops in Madoc Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 18, 2012, 11:58:20 AM
Lights were on in the old Burger King last nite,could;nt tell why but someone must have been looking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on February 18, 2012, 11:59:53 AM
'Two "new" shops in Madoc Street.'

Why "new" as opposed to just new? Have they just relocated and you are being sarcastic?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 20, 2012, 12:10:26 PM
Well the one is the Foundation fundraisers moving in to the old Travel Agents so they are okld and moving to a new venue.  The other is a baby clothes shop.  Why so picky Ian?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on February 20, 2012, 12:12:35 PM
Just been told that the empty shop next to Sainsbury's (sort of) is going to be an outdoor clothing shop.  The old National Milk bar is to be a restaurant and the shop next to Millets Cotton Traders.
Now if we can just get a cinema where the North Western used to be and get the Pavilion sorted it might be great.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: llandudnotrust on February 20, 2012, 12:20:28 PM
Or even a Cinema and a Waitrose an the Pier Pavilion site ... Dream on I suppose
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on February 20, 2012, 12:36:24 PM
I wasn't being picky. It was just ambiguous the way it was written and you didn't say what the new shops were, so I was just clarifying. Fairly simple really...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 20, 2012, 03:32:44 PM
I'm told that Caffe Nero will be opening on Friday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 20, 2012, 04:31:04 PM
Waitrose andCinema next to the station would be better.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 20, 2012, 06:19:29 PM
No-one is going to build a Cinema in Llandudno...when there is already an 8 screen cinema in Llandudno Junction. Cinema chains base their new openings upon catchment areas and the figures wouldn't add up in a million years.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 22, 2012, 03:31:44 PM
Peacocks has been sold out of Administration... to Edinburgh Woolen Mills PLC.  Article below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17128141 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17128141)

However, many stores will close with immediate effect around the country, and 33% of Peacocks Staff have been made redundant.   Very sad, because Peacocks was a profitable brand.

I cannot find a definitive list of which stores have been axed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 22, 2012, 10:41:01 PM
Sainsburys are not useing upstairs
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 24, 2012, 10:38:39 PM
Work seems to have started in the old Next shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 29, 2012, 11:12:24 AM
Commercial Estate Agent, James Jackson, based in Madoc Street, has retired after many years operating in Llandudno:
http://www.james-jackson.co.uk/index.html (http://www.james-jackson.co.uk/index.html)

He was a very courteous and pleasant gentleman, one of the old school.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 29, 2012, 11:32:06 AM
Hi familiar signs will be missed around the area.  We wish him good luck and good health to enjoy his retirement!    Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bellringer on February 29, 2012, 01:00:09 PM
James Jackson - a gentleman and the epitome of what you would expect an estate agent to be BUT rarely find.
Enjoy retirement James.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 29, 2012, 10:18:22 PM
The work on Sainsburys is moving up a gear, it's only a couple of weeks before it will be open!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 02, 2012, 04:14:56 PM
Diskos is to have its ugly modern shopfront removed and a reclaimed Victorian style one installed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 02, 2012, 06:26:43 PM
According to a sign in the window today Janet Finch-Saunders could be one of the contractors or residents!   Does that mean we will be paying for it?    Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 03, 2012, 09:23:40 AM
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According to a sign in the window today Janet Finch-Saunders could be one of the contractors or residents!   Does that mean we will be paying for it?    Z**
That was put there for the Assembly elections back in May.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 04, 2012, 08:28:49 AM
Sounds like the direction sign for the Celtic Fayre which is still on the prom !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on March 07, 2012, 12:48:14 PM
Sainsburys opening been put back to Wednesday 21st March @ 7am.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on March 07, 2012, 12:51:30 PM
Wasn't Frankie and Bennys going to go to the Iceland store site when they were thinking of closing it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 07, 2012, 01:14:41 PM
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Sainsburys opening been put back to Wednesday 21st March @ 7am.
I was thinking that progress was going a bit slowly. They've brought in more contractors and have got them working all hours to try and get it finished.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 08, 2012, 11:15:43 AM
Poundworld are trying to get on Mostyn Champneys and have a change of use,not sure who is leaving it does not say who or where the unit is,although it says recommend refusal.Obviously someone is trying to protect the high st but everything they have on offer is already available on the retail park so do we think jobs or leave the unit empty until a more suitable occupier comes along
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 09, 2012, 03:35:47 PM
Having read the planning application properly it is the Iceland and Superbowl units they are trying to get change of products they can sell.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 14, 2012, 09:59:53 AM
I was reading on Oscar that someone had commented about the Llandudno Town Scheme and how it was a shame that something like that didn't still exist to help with the costs of replacement old sash or PVC windows.

It made me think what a real shame it is that that scheme ended, when you think about all the shops that benefited from it:

Cadwaladers got a lovely new shopfront and a hugely enhanced verandah
Clares restored and improved its verandah
The shop next to the Legion restored its verandah
The whole verandah on the Greeenery and its neighbours was restored
Clarkes replaced the awful British Gas Showroom shop front
That little terrace in Tudno St. (Bolton House?) were restored to a unified colour scheme
The Broadway Hotel was repainted and enhanced
Money was given to help repaint the side of Harmony House and restore the verandah.
Roden Villa and its neighbour were repainted and given a uniform look.
I also think a lot of the hotels obtained funds to reinstate railings.

I think I am correct in saying most of these were in large part funded by the scheme but forgive me if I am wrong.

It's a damn shame that that sort of thing has dried up as Colwyn Bay had its town scheme and now has the WAG money being spent on it and some of the (albeit still empty) shops look extremely nice, especially Penrhyn Road. The scheme must have ended circa 2005 I think. A number of hideous shop fronts and forlorn verandahs still exist, which could do with a makeover.



Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 14, 2012, 05:16:20 PM
That's a good point, Ian48. Schemes like that are a great idea to enable property owners to restore those decorative but expensive bits of their property. Why did the scheme end - does anyone know?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 14, 2012, 05:16:53 PM
Milletts has now closed down whilst Cotton Traders next door is busily preparing for opening.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on March 15, 2012, 01:06:26 PM
What's Diskos going to be and the book shop is closing for refurbishment???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2012, 01:31:21 PM
Diskos is having a new shopfront fitted and then an existing retailer from another part of Mostyn St will be moving in.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2012, 07:54:12 PM
It was interesting to see the old 'Plumbs' sign reappear as work got underway on Diskos. I suspect it was Plumbs that installed the modern shopfront originally. What did they sell?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on March 15, 2012, 08:04:32 PM
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It was interesting to see the old 'Plumbs' sign reappear as work got underway on Diskos. I suspect it was Plumbs that installed the modern shopfront originally. What did they sell?

Soft furnishings.

http://www.plumbs.co.uk/ (http://www.plumbs.co.uk/)
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Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2012, 08:07:13 PM
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It was interesting to see the old 'Plumbs' sign reappear as work got underway on Diskos. I suspect it was Plumbs that installed the modern shopfront originally. What did they sell?

Soft furnishings.

http://www.plumbs.co.uk/ (http://www.plumbs.co.uk/)
Ah, thank you! It does ring a bell now you mention it.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2012, 08:08:53 PM
The Millets store was completely emptied out today, whilst the Cotton Traders shopfitters were busy next door readying that store for opening:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 07:04:45 AM
Llandudno Smokery has gone into Administation.

Food Guide ‏ @foodguidetel
It's very sad to hear that the Llandudno Smokery @thesmokery have gone into administration. Tough times for regional food suppliers
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 16, 2012, 08:49:54 AM
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Llandudno Smokery has gone into Administation.


It is certainly not good news, but the last time I went into the "plaice" I felt that I needed the bank manager with me to provide a loan.   As a result I now buy a lot of my fish and seafood online - 24 hour service, and beautiful quality, presention and packing.   :D

Mermaid are still in business though!  Even ASDA and TESCO have half reasonable fish counters.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 11:03:01 AM
Workmen are this morning installing the new glazed canopy on the Sainsburys store. Good to see it being done, as Sainsburys were initially reluctant to pay for it.

Good also to see other workmen dismantling the final bits of the ugly modern canopy over the former Diskos. Let's hope a suitably designed one replaces it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 16, 2012, 11:24:26 AM
Are Sainsbury's repainting the exterior and replacing the windows too? The whole frontage was beginning to look rather tatty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 11:27:51 AM
The exterior has been painted already and a new shopfront installed. It all looks very smart, much better than the tatty Woolworths in its final years.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 16, 2012, 11:53:51 AM
Mostyn estates are ripping diskos to bits,so it one of theirs,funny how they have left us with that mess for years,somuch for looking after the town.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 16, 2012, 12:16:19 PM
To be fair, Mostyn Estates do look after the town and we could have far worse people in charge. If we didn't we would be the Bay or Rhyl, so let's not criticise too harshly.

I'm sure if they had endless pots of money they would love to do up every building in town, but that's not economically viable. On the other hand tey have restored several buildings beautifully (Annabelle's, Courts etc.).

What would be nice would be for them to reface the building. If you look at old postcards it was originally stuccoed, with nice mouldings around the windows, like may other buildings in town. Sometime (I guess when the shopfront was put in), it was scraped of the moulding and refaced in pebble dash. I doubt that will happen though.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cambrian on March 16, 2012, 12:28:40 PM
I agree Ian.  On balance we are better with the Estate than without - though there will always be less than well-informed comments to the contrary.
Besides the locations mentioned, they have done up numerous flats around Vaughan Street which are now let.
I am sure there will be those more knowledgeable than I am but as ground landlord they only take possesion of buildings when tenants or receivers actually surrender or default on the lease.  These are no doubt complicated procedures I guess so we cannot say exactly when the Estate took possession of Diskos.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 12:30:52 PM
I don't believe it's owned by Mostyn Estates. Or, if it is, they've just bought it. The Long Leasehold was up for sale last year at £550,000.

Ian48, you're right, it would benefit immensely by the decorative elements being reinstated.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Craigydonian on March 16, 2012, 02:17:45 PM
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I don't believe it's owned by Mostyn Estates. Or, if it is, they've just bought it. The Long Leasehold was up for sale last year at £550,000.

Ian48, you're right, it would benefit immensely by the decorative elements being reinstated.

Mostyn Estates acquired the premises around a month ago I believe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 02:27:17 PM
It's interesting that Mostyn Estates seem now to have a policy of buying back the Long Leaseholds (they already own the Freehold). They bought No.1 Mostyn Street last year and completely refurbished it before letting it to the WG&Co Gift Shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 16, 2012, 02:31:21 PM
Yes, it is interesting. Perhaps they might restore the front then...(though they would need planning permission I guess and I haven't seen any indication of that).

Ah, I didn't realise that they had bought no. 1 Mostyn St. That's another one to add to the list of nicely done-up properties.

I suppose it's probably a good thing that they have the leasehold, as they are local and aren't some investement fund or absentee landlord who couldn't give a monkeys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 16, 2012, 04:33:02 PM
Who or what is going into where Next once were?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 04:40:42 PM
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Who or what is going into where Next once were?
Trespass, I believe.
http://www.trespass.co.uk/ (http://www.trespass.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 04:41:27 PM
Progress at the former Diskos shop:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 16, 2012, 05:46:39 PM
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Workmen are this morning installing the new glazed canopy on the Sainsburys store. Good to see it being done, as Sainsburys were initially reluctant to pay for it.

I notice the canopy is being installed by a local company, AA Conservatories.  $good$

Well done, Neil.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2012, 04:52:42 PM
The former Diskos shop was having scaffolding erected today, maybe the facade is being restored to its former glory, after all?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2012, 05:00:13 PM
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Workmen are this morning installing the new glazed canopy on the Sainsburys store. Good to see it being done, as Sainsburys were initially reluctant to pay for it.

I notice the canopy is being installed by a local company, AA Conservatories.  $good$

Well done, Neil.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 19, 2012, 06:08:44 PM
The hoarding around the new Sainsburys was removed today:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 19, 2012, 06:14:31 PM
Cotton Traders (in the old Wades Clothing shop) is nearing opening :
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 20, 2012, 11:53:37 AM
Busy in old next today and i must say although very small Sainsburys looks the part.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 20, 2012, 12:29:50 PM
I guess Sainsburys can choose to expand upstairs if their new store proves popular.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2012, 12:37:17 PM
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I guess Sainsburys can choose to expand upstairs if their new store proves popular.
Seems a waste of space at the moment, two large upstairs floors being empty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 20, 2012, 10:33:25 PM
Sainsbury's is all ready to go!

It opens at 7am on Weds morning, and is already crammed with fresh food and tempting goodies.

I also noticed tonight that they have employed several Easter European chappies with a 'gum blaster' machine  and a series of hand-held wallpaper scrapers to get all the chewing gum off the pavement!
They are working hard, and investing in the detail, so they deserve to be successful.   
This is how it looks tonight.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2012, 10:35:53 PM
They also had workmen painting the railings outside the shop, the railings on the public pavement by the pedestrian crossing! Well done to them!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 21, 2012, 09:40:29 AM
Just been down for a nosy-- and some extra tomatoes.
Smaller than I expected, but very smart. Prices quite steep, but 6 toms. same price as M&S, but dearer than Asda.
Alot of cameras and people outside-- including M. Lyon and some kiddies from San Sior.
Bright and well set out-- will be useful for unexpected extras.
Hope it does well. $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 21, 2012, 10:10:53 AM
I shall have a look around later.

Shares in GAME Group were suspended this morning, looks like its all over for them. They have a shop on Mostyn Street next to the Library.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on March 21, 2012, 12:07:46 PM
Oh what a disappointment,  They've spent so much money doing up Sainsbury's and it's tiny!  Packed with stuff and it's more expensive than Londis  on some items.  Part of the shop floorr has been taken by stores at the back maybe they will open upstairs at some point.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 21, 2012, 01:06:24 PM
I wondered if the extra space had been taken up with the bakery.
Sainsbury's has always been top whack with prices-- my grocery bills decreased when I moved here and started using Asda! Mind you they don't have the choice that a large Sainsbury's has.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 21, 2012, 03:36:27 PM
Sainsburys was pretty busy this afternoon, they have people standing around town with placards announcing the opening.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 21, 2012, 05:57:15 PM
New Sainsburys store:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: emma p on March 21, 2012, 06:31:26 PM
Will be following with interest as to how the new Sainsburys goes......it is expensive but gotta be cheaper than Marks for the odd few bits......and the queues shorter, hopefully !!!
I always shopped at Sainsburys here at home but to be honest over the last few months i have been shopping at asda more and more. Everytime i go into Sainsburys the price of my usual groceries are creeping up, and lets face it you have no choice but to hunt out the bargains these days.
I hope all goes well for them anyway, its good to see the building used again.
 $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 21, 2012, 08:27:30 PM
With regard to Marks and Spencer, there is actually a lot of good value to be found within the food range.

They do a large range of 2 meals for £5.00,  and another range of 2 meals for £7.00.

The quality is excellent, and really you could eat from that range every night of the week.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 21, 2012, 08:55:51 PM
I could not agree more, Fester.

Last weekend, Mrs R bought TWO of those dine-in-for-4 Mothering Day offers for £30 and according to the receipt she actually purchased over £54 of food and wine.  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 22, 2012, 09:03:41 AM
Agreed-- I bought the same offer, a large joint of beef, parmentier potatoes, profiteroles and wine at £6.99 a bottle. My bill showed that I had saved £10 on a £15 buy. We don't either of us drink, but the wine always comes in for friends and gifts. The rest of the food did for 2 meals and some very tasty beef sandwiches.
On Tuesday I got 2 chickens for £7, cooked and dismembered them both, made 3 chicken bakes for the freezer, we have had 2 meals from the white meat, the dog will have 4 from the 'funny bits' and there is still an awful lot left. ---And my OH eats alot of meat as he doesn't like veg !
Then I read what people spend on takeaways! :o
Perhaps it is my Yorkshire nature, but not much gets wasted in our house !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on March 22, 2012, 09:32:37 AM
I also agree. I bought the roast beef, £10.94 on it's own, with parsnips, apple crumble and rose wine. However I bought mine at the Simply Food at the Coliseum near Cheshire Oaks as I was taking my mum back home to Cheshire.
It will only be 10 mins further for me to go to this new store, rather than the one in Llandudno.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092221/Marks-Spencer-opens-huge-store-Cheshire-Oaks-says-itll-greenest-world.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092221/Marks-Spencer-opens-huge-store-Cheshire-Oaks-says-itll-greenest-world.html)

I wonder how many others will make the trek along the A55 rather than face the cramped conditions and queueing in the Llandudno branch.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 22, 2012, 04:57:50 PM
I sent past Sainsburys at about 4pm and there were at least 20 people queuing for the tills, even with all the tills open. Looks to be a big success.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 22, 2012, 05:10:07 PM
Marks & Spencers will seriously need to start thinking about a refit for their store now, as the new Sainsbury's will really show it up to be the shabby mess it is. They could think about installing a ramp and using the front of the upstairs as an addition or perhaps they could turn the whole of the ground floor of the men's shop into a food area (would that be bigger?). Either way, they need to freshen it up a bit! Considering the money that they make, it would be nice to see them invest a little back in the store!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 22, 2012, 08:43:28 PM
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Marks & Spencers will seriously need to start thinking about a refit for their store now, as the new Sainsbury's will really show it up to be the shabby mess it is.
I don't think the new Sainsburys Local will be to much compertion for Marks and Spencer Ian. Take a look at the range of goods available in each shop for a start and then compare prices. They are both ripoff merchants. As for Marks needing a refit they are constantly revamping themselves; i.e. the new checkout system that has just gone in. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see the old Woolies shop brought back to life and I wish them every success but I shall still be doing my main shopping at ASDA
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 26, 2012, 07:11:04 PM
The GAME shop in Mostyn Street closed today, following the GAME group calling in the Administrators.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on March 27, 2012, 06:52:20 PM
Panic buying of Petrol  in evidence at Asda this evening.  I might have missed something in the news today  but I'm sure the Unite Union have to give seven days notice of striking and even if they did that today (which I don't think they did)  then it's going to be at least next Monday before they can come out on strike. My guess would be that it will be planned to coincide with Easter weekend to have the most impact but then again maybe I'm old (definite) and cynical(definite again).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on March 27, 2012, 06:55:19 PM
That'll be why then!

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/politics/labour-no10-advice-could-cause-panic-petrol-buying-7593096.html (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/politics/labour-no10-advice-could-cause-panic-petrol-buying-7593096.html)

http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/stories/dft-news-20120326a/ (http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/stories/dft-news-20120326a/)


Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 27, 2012, 06:57:13 PM
It was like that at Asda this morning and yesterday morning.

I suppose with the threat of a strike and petrol prices only heading one way, it makes good sense for shoppers to always top-up when visiting the store.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 27, 2012, 08:03:51 PM
Same situation at LSP
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: martin on March 27, 2012, 08:14:03 PM
Just been up to Tesco's, cars are queuing almost to the roundabout.  Panic buying is here!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on March 27, 2012, 08:33:24 PM
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Just been up to Tesco's, cars are queuing almost to the roundabout.  Panic buying is here!

police cars were there earlier, cars queuing towards the A55
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Paddy on March 27, 2012, 11:18:19 PM
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Same situation at LSP

LSP closed early because they ran out!  The strike might not even happen!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 28, 2012, 01:00:08 AM
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It was like that at Asda this morning and yesterday morning.

I suppose with the threat of a strike and petrol prices only heading one way, it makes good sense for shoppers to always top-up when visiting the store.

That sounds like an even better reason to buy shares in an oil/petroleum company.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 28, 2012, 08:12:26 AM
Lots of building work going on in both the old Gimberts Shop and Hoosons Corner in Upper Mostyn Street yesterday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 28, 2012, 10:17:51 AM
Any idea what might be going to Hooson's now that the Take a Break planning application has been withdrawn?

Gimbert's will be a cafe I seem to recall, yes?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 28, 2012, 11:39:06 AM
Talk was Hoosons was going to be a Bistro.  8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 28, 2012, 11:40:53 AM
Scaffolding going up there this morning.
Local rumour says another 'cafe' there, as Dave says, think he might know who is reputed to be behind it-- as I have also heard.

Queues were ridiculous for petrol when I came out of Asda this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 28, 2012, 12:33:42 PM
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Scaffolding going up there this morning.
Local rumour says another 'cafe' there, as Dave says, think he might know who is reputed to be behind it-- as I have also heard.
I'll ask him when I see him.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 28, 2012, 01:03:27 PM
A bistro eh? That's good, at least it's not another plain cafe and might bring a bit of evening life to that corner. I hope that they repaint the shop front a darker colour. I preferred it when it was brown wood as it was before. I think it looked a lot less garish than bright white.

Am I right in remembering that the interior of Hooson's used to have a clock above the counter at the back that was held up by a carving of two gold ladies? Was quite nice quality if I remember. I have vague memories of that, but might be wrong as it would be about 20 years or more ago now.

Some of those old shop interiors were lovely. I still think it an awful shame they removed Premier Tobacco's interior, that was lovely (as was the smell inside and the chocolates that they sold too).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on March 31, 2012, 03:23:20 PM
I've heard a story that BHS are moving from Llandudno and Primark are going to replace it.
Is there any truth to this story or has DaveR's reporters on the ground heard anything?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on March 31, 2012, 03:57:35 PM
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I've heard a story that BHS are moving from Llandudno and Primark are going to replace it.
Is there any truth to this story or has DaveR's reporters on the ground heard anything?
I have also heard this but have not been able to find out it is true. Philip Green did sell 10 BHS leases to Primark, but Llandudno wasn't one of them as far as I can see. It may be that he has sold more leases.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 31, 2012, 08:33:08 PM
I haven't heard anything. Maybe someone has seen the story from last year about a few BHS being sold to Primark? I wouldn't be surprised to see more BHS being sold to Primark or the entire chain, even. I've always regarded BHS as a poor store, the unwanted stepchild of Phillip Green's Arcadia empire.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 01, 2012, 07:42:09 AM
It would be a good thing for Llandudno having Primark but im not sure there is enough floor space for them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 04:37:49 PM
Cotton Traders will be opening on Friday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 04, 2012, 05:13:38 PM
Neat Feet in the Victoria Centre is shut and cleared out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 04, 2012, 08:59:22 PM
The new TRESPASS shop in Mostyn St looks like it is either open, or ready to open.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on April 09, 2012, 05:44:25 PM
Never notied untill today the old iron sign of the Edwards butchers that used to be on Mostyn Street, where Millets used to be opposite WH Smith.  Will have to try and remember to get a photo next time im going passed
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on April 14, 2012, 10:51:21 AM
Wonder if Mothercare and Early Learning Centre will close - both owned by the same company.  Don't think I've ever seen many people in either.  Victoria Arcade will be empty soon!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on April 14, 2012, 11:48:53 AM
I have heard that ELC is closing. Apparently all the stand alone ELC's in Wales are closing. The idea being that they will sell the products in Mothercare.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 14, 2012, 02:20:06 PM
Julian Graves seem very low on stock-- I called and took advantage of their 25% off this morning, hope this isn't because they are closing-- they have shut a few branches in other towns :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2012, 07:51:22 PM
The new shop front and canopy on the former Diskos shop is a great improvement - well done Mostyn Estates!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on May 09, 2012, 04:55:25 PM
Clinton Cards has gone into administration.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 09, 2012, 05:01:43 PM
I'm not surprised, I've never spent a penny in one, I don't send many cards anyway (still have loads of xmas cards bought cheap when Woolworth's went bust!) The Post office in Penrhyn Bay has a good selection of cards at 50p!

I remain convinced that all of these special event days are purely to create business for the shops!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on May 10, 2012, 08:47:30 AM
The London-For Sale. Talking to landlord of london at weekend he is selling the London 149.5K.  Im going to start a whip round
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2012, 09:06:17 AM
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The London-For Sale. Talking to landlord of london at weekend he is selling the London 149.5K.  Im going to start a whip round
I'll put a tenner in.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on May 10, 2012, 09:23:04 AM
The Landlord of The London looks like Tom Selleck, (Magnum PI)

Cat,can you tell us if £149k is for the business only?
In which case there would be rent to pay on top of that..... or is it for the Leasehold on the property?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2012, 09:23:42 AM
I believe The Parade is for sale again, as well:
http://www.daltonsbusiness.com/pubs-for-sale/public-house-llandudno-wales-uk/204517 (http://www.daltonsbusiness.com/pubs-for-sale/public-house-llandudno-wales-uk/204517)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2012, 09:29:37 AM
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The Landlord of The London looks like Tom Selleck, (Magnum PI)

Cat,can you tell us if £149k is for the business only?
In which case there would be rent to pay on top of that..... or is it for the Leasehold on the property?
I would imagine you're buying the lease/business and would have to pay the rent on top.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on May 10, 2012, 09:45:47 AM
Not sure. For that kind of money one would assume you are paying for a lease and paying rent on top. Is a busy place must make good money I think they are buying a bigger place with rooms somewhere down south.
Hope the Ales dont change. Wounder if my piano is worth that much
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on May 10, 2012, 09:56:16 AM
The London is an excellent pub in terms of decor and entertainment, its well managed too.
It is very busy on weekend nights.

However, it is entirely dead for the majority of the week, and the food often disappoints.

Another problem has always been the fridges, only half of them work and warm beer often results!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2012, 10:02:17 AM
I've always found the London to be a bit of an odd place. It all looks very pleasant but its lacking in character, almost as if Little Chef had tried to design a pub.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on May 10, 2012, 10:52:55 AM
I see the 'Accordian Man' has gone from the corner of the pier, to be replaced by an Antiques Shop. Haven't been that way for a while, so only just noticed. bet Fester will be pleased !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2012, 11:13:14 AM
 D) D) good news! What a dreadful noise that was! Since moving to Rhos on Sea we've not had much time to go to the pier!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on May 10, 2012, 01:07:36 PM
Same here-- been too busy to get in that direction for a day or two. I know certain people who come here on holiday who used to sit all afternoon and listen to him ----Ouch !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2012, 01:12:09 PM
Dan the Man at his best....   ♪ "I'm a working man, I am" ♫   :laugh:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2012, 03:33:22 PM
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Same here-- been too busy to get in that direction for a day or two. I know certain people who come here on holiday who used to sit all afternoon and listen to him ----Ouch !

I take it that their hearing aid batteries had gone flat!  :twoface:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on May 10, 2012, 11:06:02 PM
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I see the 'Accordian Man' has gone from the corner of the pier, to be replaced by an Antiques Shop. Haven't been that way for a while, so only just noticed. bet Fester will be pleased !

The 'accordian man' is called Mick Edwards, and he left the pier after the 2010 season after quite a few years in situ.   He was a nice guy actually.

In 2011, Dan the Man, (an Irish singer) took over that spot, but he was poor to be honest, and a little scary to look at... nor did he make sufficient effort and could not make a living from that pitch.

The Antiques shop is being run by Andrew Scarratt, who many of you will know from his involvement in the organisation of the Victorian Extravaganza.  He is working even LONGER hours than me!   He and his family are really pleasant people, I hope he does well and prospers.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2012, 11:12:42 PM
Sounds like a big improvement, I must have a look at that sometime! Good luck to them  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on May 11, 2012, 09:36:49 AM
Good wishes to him from us as well, --I intend going to have a look, but was up on the Collonade when I spotted the shop and as I go back to my car it had started to rain.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: sam on May 11, 2012, 11:37:14 AM
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MICK-EDWARDS-featuring-Llandudno-DVD-Music-Scenery-/261015050042?pt=UK_CDsDVDs_DVDs_DVDs_GL&hash=item3cc5b5973a (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MICK-EDWARDS-featuring-Llandudno-DVD-Music-Scenery-/261015050042?pt=UK_CDsDVDs_DVDs_DVDs_GL&hash=item3cc5b5973a)  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: andyCYD on May 11, 2012, 02:16:48 PM
Coffee shop opening on the corner of Mostyn Avenue and Queens Road in Craig y Don. The shop that used to be Place Settings, before becoming a kitchen shown room for a while.

I know there are a lot of coffee shops in Llandudno, but I think this will be a good addition in Craig y Don, and certainly better than an empty unit.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 11, 2012, 10:48:53 PM
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Coffee shop opening on the corner of Mostyn Avenue and Queens Road in Craig y Don. The shop that used to be Place Settings, before becoming a kitchen shown room for a while.

I know there are a lot of coffee shops in Llandudno, but I think this will be a good addition in Craig y Don, and certainly better than an empty unit.
That's interesting. I'd thought in the past that would be a good unit for a coffee shop location wise, but there's a not a lot of room once you put a counter/kitchen in.
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Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2012, 08:10:45 AM
The former GAME shop on Mostyn Street is now available for rent at £75k pax. Rates Payable (2012/2013): £31,188.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 16, 2012, 08:27:21 AM
The Greengrocer/Barber/ whatever else is now selling second hand goods in Upper Mostyn Street !
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Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2012, 08:32:10 AM
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The Greengrocer/Barber/ whatever else is now selling second hand goods in Upper Mostyn Street !
That's the maddest shop in Llandudno. Every 3 months, it gets completely redecorated, then alternates between being a fruit shop/barbers/ice cream shop.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2012, 09:04:00 AM
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The former GAME shop on Mostyn Street is now available for rent at £75k pax. Rates Payable (2012/2013): £31,188.

With those overheads I'm amazed anyone with a shop can make a profit! :o
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Post by: Nemesis on May 16, 2012, 10:48:01 AM
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The Greengrocer/Barber/ whatever else is now selling second hand goods in Upper Mostyn Street !
That's the maddest shop in Llandudno. Every 3 months, it gets completely redecorated, then alternates between being a fruit shop/barbers/ice cream shop.

Can't think that she ever makes any profit(-- she also asked us for tips on how to cut hair!) Trouble is that is never open for any regular lengths of time. Pity, as it is in a good position and she is very cheery.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2012, 10:58:13 AM
that shop reminds me of 'Little Britain' a very funny programme  :laugh:
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Post by: dingo20 on May 16, 2012, 04:11:26 PM
The shop was opened originally selling fruit and veg because she didn't get enough customer she decided to switch back to her old trade of cutting hair until she could get change of use to a sandwich ice cream shop and redecorate. Because she couldn't put tables and chairs outside it reduced her earning potential thanks to the daft rules by Conwy council. Until she gets a reply to her appeal and because she paying rent on the shop I think shes (quite rightly) using it for something rather than leaving it empty. Bit of a shame because she is hard working and just trying to make a living.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 16, 2012, 06:05:28 PM
She told me about the refusal to let her put tables and chairs outside. I thought at the time that Conwy Council were being somewhat pedantic as other places in the same area had tables, chairs and goods for sale all outside their premises.
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Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2012, 07:53:11 PM
I very rarely saw it open when it was a hairdresser, if I'm honest.
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Post by: Fester on May 16, 2012, 08:43:42 PM
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She told me about the refusal to let her put tables and chairs outside. I thought at the time that Conwy Council were being somewhat pedantic as other places in the same area had tables, chairs and goods for sale all outside their premises.

Perhaps the other purveyors of food and drink who place tables and chairs outside, (such as Kava and Take a Break) are allowed to do so because they have toilet facilities for their customers.

The Whistle Stop / Barbers / Fruit shop does not have toilet facilities... but MUST have, especially if you are to take customers money and fill them up with liquid!
There was an outcry on the Pier in 2011, when the bar was open, selling beer.... but the toilets were closed... thereby causing undue discomfort.
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Post by: wrex on May 19, 2012, 09:16:23 AM
Seems to be some work going on in the old TSB at the front of the precinct which has been empty for a long time.
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Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2012, 03:22:09 PM
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Seems to be some work going on in the old TSB at the front of the precinct which has been empty for a long time.
Yes, I'd noticed this, lots of timber being carried in yesterday.
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Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2012, 03:25:13 PM
JD Sports in Mostyn St has finally closed down.
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Post by: Bellringer on May 21, 2012, 11:51:07 AM
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Seems to be some work going on in the old TSB at the front of the precinct which has been empty for a long time.
Yes, I'd noticed this, lots of timber being carried in yesterday.

I am reliably told that 02 are relocating from inside the Victoria Centre.
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Post by: wrex on May 21, 2012, 12:05:34 PM
How many empty inside the precinct now then
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Post by: wrex on May 27, 2012, 10:19:22 AM
Seems to be a couple of units under offer inside the precinct,lets hope the drop in rates persaudes a few more buisnesses to open in town before the next wave of companies collapse.
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Post by: DaveR on May 31, 2012, 11:12:48 AM
The Little Deli in Upper Mostyn Street closes today.  :(
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Post by: Llechwedd on June 01, 2012, 02:13:09 PM
I'm really cross that the photo. development dept. in Boots is closing and they have made two people redundatnt.  Luckily Colin has found work elsewhere.They 'll still sell film and cardboard cameras but where can we get them developed?
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Post by: DaveR on June 01, 2012, 02:56:30 PM
Don't Jessops do it? I didn't know anyone still used film cameras...  :o  8)  ;)
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 01, 2012, 04:47:25 PM
Try Asda.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 01, 2012, 04:48:51 PM
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Don't Jessops do it? I didn't know anyone still used film cameras...  :o  8)  ;)

Let Kodak know!  :D
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Post by: DaveR on June 01, 2012, 07:17:17 PM
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Don't Jessops do it? I didn't know anyone still used film cameras...  :o  8)  ;)

Let Kodak know!  :D
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16625725 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16625725)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 01, 2012, 07:52:05 PM
Yes, a great pity and all except Kodak could see it coming! I spent lots of money years ago on Kodachrome 64 slide film, good old days?  Easier with digital though $good$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 03, 2012, 07:21:13 AM
I've just seen this Viz Top Tip



PHOTOGRAPHERS. Confuse Boots employees by taking pictures of your negatives and developing positive negatives.
Harry Partrridge, e-mail


 _))*
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Post by: Llechwedd on June 06, 2012, 11:49:50 AM
Trinity Trove in Trinity Street by the traffic lights has a small selection of Llandudno post cards for sale £6 each.  Nothing too ancient but interesting to see the town in it's hey day.
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Post by: DaveR on June 06, 2012, 12:46:24 PM
£6 EACH! I bought a couple of hundred on ebay for about that much!  :o   :o
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Post by: Nemesis on June 06, 2012, 03:00:53 PM
The new cafe in Llywellyn Ave is up and running.
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Post by: DaveR on June 06, 2012, 05:15:20 PM
Another cafe? How can they possibly survive once the season ends?
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Post by: Nemesis on June 06, 2012, 06:19:00 PM
mmm-- think it could be a bit more than just a cafe.
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Post by: DaveR on June 06, 2012, 08:30:01 PM
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mmm-- think it could be a bit more than just a cafe.
A friend in the know tells me that it is owned by Sherrie Hewson's brother and all of the furniture etc is available for purchase. Innovative idea!
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Post by: Nemesis on June 06, 2012, 09:23:57 PM
That's what we heard!
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Post by: SDQ on June 06, 2012, 10:08:26 PM
Who is Sherrie Hewson?
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Post by: Hugo on June 06, 2012, 10:17:03 PM
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Who is Sherrie Hewson?

Is she one of the women on "Loose women" and who had a property on the Conwy Marina at one time?
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Post by: Fester on June 06, 2012, 11:54:10 PM
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Who is Sherrie Hewson?

She's the bird who was married to Reg Holdsworth in Coronation St.   Also a very a very annoying member of Loose Women.

Earlier this year she starred as the hotel manager in the hit ITV series Benidorm.

Would the cafe not be cleverly named HEWSON'S CORNER?
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Post by: SDQ on June 07, 2012, 12:19:53 AM
So Reg Holdsworth's wife, who is a Loose Woman from Benidorm that lived in Conwy Marina, has a brother who has opened a cafe/furniture shop in Llywellyn Avenue?
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Post by: wrex on June 07, 2012, 06:43:42 AM
you got it ZXZ
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Post by: DaveR on June 07, 2012, 07:16:59 AM
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Would the cafe not be cleverly named HEWSON'S CORNER?
It's not on a corner, so it wouldn't be that clever. :twoface:
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Post by: Nemesis on June 07, 2012, 12:14:19 PM
Didn't she take part in that scene with the water bed with Reg Holdsworth?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 07, 2012, 01:37:52 PM
Yes, I remember that well!  :laugh:
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on June 07, 2012, 04:52:18 PM
Coronation Street Episode - Friday 30 April 1993 (Part 3 of 3) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idJWPdnnyMo#)

A moment of classic television.
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Post by: SDQ on June 07, 2012, 05:03:43 PM
A re-jig of an old Steptoe & Son storyline.
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Post by: DaveR on June 07, 2012, 05:10:20 PM
An alarm of some sort has been sounding in the Hoosons Corner shop all day.
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Post by: wrex on June 07, 2012, 09:35:41 PM
There seems to be 4 units under offer in the Victoria center on shopproperty,i hope they all come to fruition. :laugh:
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Post by: Sara on June 11, 2012, 03:34:51 PM
Card Outlet in the Victoria Centre has closed. There is a letter on the door with an offcial looking address on it, so I'm guessing they have gone into administration.
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Post by: wrex on June 11, 2012, 05:48:33 PM
Mostyn estates seem to have taken the Tudno Castle back into their empire,notice on fences explaining the situation.
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Post by: DaveR on June 11, 2012, 06:08:42 PM
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Mostyn estates seem to have taken the Tudno Castle back into their empire,notice on fences explaining the situation.
Interesting, will have a look tomorrow.  8) They probably got sick of looking at it from their office windows...
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Post by: Hugo on June 11, 2012, 07:41:56 PM
Perhaps now CCBC can slap a quick repair notice on Mostyn Estates.     But I guess it'll never happen as Mostyn Estates  have probably got it sewn up beforehand like they did with St George's old school. 
I've no trust whatsoever in Mostyn Estates and suspect that there is some financial incentive for them to take back the lease.
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Post by: wrex on June 12, 2012, 08:06:23 PM
Old Diskos is under offer.
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Post by: DaveR on June 12, 2012, 08:06:56 PM
I think it has to be good news, as it means something will now happen on the Tudno Castle site. Mostyn Estates have been quite aggressive in buying back the Long leaseholds along Mostyn Street  in recent years, and all the premises acquired have been sympathetically refurbished.
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Post by: FatAndy on June 13, 2012, 08:13:21 PM
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Card Outlet in the Victoria Centre has closed. There is a letter on the door with an offcial looking address on it, so I'm guessing they have gone into administration.

Card Outlet in Colwyn Bay is still open as normal.  Maybe they've just realised there's no point in paying a fortune in rent when Card Factory is thirty seconds walk away?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 13, 2012, 09:49:07 PM
plus the news Clinton Cards is to remain open in Llandudno.
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Post by: DaveR on June 14, 2012, 04:00:32 PM
The O2 shop has now opened in the old TSB on Mostyn St. There are now 6 empty units in the Victoria Centre, by my reckoning.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 20, 2012, 07:46:30 PM
Jackson Commercial has opened with a new owner at 36a Madoc Street where James Jackson traded successfully for many years.

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Commercial Estate Agent, James Jackson, based in Madoc Street, has retired after many years operating in Llandudno:
http://www.james-jackson.co.uk/index.html (http://www.james-jackson.co.uk/index.html)

He was a very courteous and pleasant gentleman, one of the old school.
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Post by: emma p on June 21, 2012, 06:25:00 PM
Hi all, we've been told there is a 24hr Tesco in llandudno, which apparently has a good gluten free range. Where abouts is it ? It will come in extremely useful for us while we are there for a couple of weeks in August. Thanks
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Post by: Yorkie on June 21, 2012, 06:47:20 PM
You will find Tesco as you come off the A55 towards Conwy.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 21, 2012, 06:48:06 PM
There is a Tescos in Llandudno Junction  ££$
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Post by: emma p on June 21, 2012, 07:45:05 PM
Thanks guys......its to keep my dad supplied with fresh gluten free bread !!!  ;)
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Post by: dwsi on June 21, 2012, 11:51:46 PM
For some strange reason, Tesco Llandudno junction is called Tesco Llandudno. I think some numpty at Tesco Hq has failed their Geography GCSE
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 22, 2012, 07:25:31 AM
It is exactly the same with the picture house - Cineworld, Llandudno.

Heaven forbid if they did the same to the railway station.
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Post by: Cambrian on June 22, 2012, 08:08:02 AM
It's more to do with marketing than geographical knowledge.  I am always amused by the hotel branded "Chester West" which is on the A55 near Northop Hall.
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Post by: wrex on June 22, 2012, 08:57:20 AM
Same with the A470 it starts in Llandudno and finishes in Cardiff but they call it the Cardiff to Glan Conwy trunk road.
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Post by: Ian48 on June 27, 2012, 09:38:12 AM
I have just noticed that Marks and Spencer have just put in an application for various bits of new signage with the council.

This could mean that their long-discussed refit might actually be happening at last!

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Post by: DaveR on June 27, 2012, 10:15:48 AM
They certainly need it, looks tatty now.
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Post by: Nemesis on June 27, 2012, 11:08:48 AM
A bit of re-organisation might help the situation with the queues.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 02, 2012, 05:21:06 PM
According to their website, Julian Graves the Health Food shop has gone into administration.

They have one of the units in the Victoria Centre.

http://www.juliangraves.com/ (http://www.juliangraves.com/)
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Post by: Fester on July 02, 2012, 11:17:20 PM
Julian Graves, a company that seemed to lose its way in recent times.

It began with a reputation for healthy foods at very reasonable prices, and diversified into food based gifts, (teas, coffees etc)

But, it became neither one nor the other, and in recent times I have seen decidedly unhealthy foods on offer, and sugary gimmicks taking up much of the shelf space.  Because of this, serious health food lovers deserted the brand.
In addition, the prices went up quite alarmingly.
This is probably because most of their branches were in high-end shopping centres or shopping arcades... with rents that must have been a terrible burden.
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Post by: DaveR on July 02, 2012, 11:53:00 PM
Julian Graves is a sister company of Holland & Barrett. It always looked a very dull shop to me.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 03, 2012, 10:42:05 AM
I said to my OH a few weeks ago that I thought that they were in trouble. The bags of nuts and fruits have bee on offer far more than normal-- it all seemed to smack of desperation.

Looking back to April 14th and my post of that date, I commented on the lack of stock and many offers.
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Post by: DaveR on July 06, 2012, 08:43:06 PM
The Angel Hairdressers on Church Walks is now To Let.
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Post by: Llechwedd on July 07, 2012, 11:59:48 AM
There's an ad. in the Pioneet for rental of a shop in Madoc Street 12k a year.  It's fancy goods shop half way down on the right, can't remember what it's called.  Such a shame as tyhe people haven't been there long.
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Post by: andrea1976 on July 07, 2012, 06:51:36 PM
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The Angel Hairdressers on Church Walks is now To Let.
may i ask who is letting this shop and is there a cantact number? thanks  :)
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Post by: DaveR on July 07, 2012, 08:11:26 PM
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The Angel Hairdressers on Church Walks is now To Let.
may i ask who is letting this shop and is there a cantact number? thanks  :)
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Post by: Fester on July 12, 2012, 01:10:43 AM
Here is a hazy picture of the little shop in Upper Mostyn St which has been a Barbers (twice) an ice cream outlet, a greengrocers, and before that a junk/curios shop.

Now it is full of 'end of line' stock, curtains, blinds etc.

Its such a shame because it could be a very nice little specialist shop, in what should be a pleasant cafe / retail area.

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Post by: Nemesis on July 12, 2012, 11:11:41 AM
Have you seen it when there is all the stuff piled outside?  Hum ! :roll:
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Post by: Fester on July 12, 2012, 11:10:58 PM
I've seen it Nem,  its disgraceful for a conservation area.
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Post by: Blongb on July 13, 2012, 12:07:22 AM
It's just another hard working Lady trying to sell whatever she can to make an honest living in this upside down world. She thinks it's better to work at whatever it takes rather than live off benifits. How many nice little specialist shops do you know Fester that have gone bust?, to many to count me thinks  ££$
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Post by: Fester on July 13, 2012, 12:13:57 AM
BlongB, long time no see!

Actually, when it was a greengrocers is looked the part, I bought things there, and yes long hours were obviously been worked, (as many of us do)

As a barbers it looked the part too..... but most of the time it was closed for business.

As a tea rooms (whistle stop) it really started to look the part..... but NEVER actually opened.

Now, as a clearance outlet it looks very poor indeed.
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Post by: DaveR on July 13, 2012, 08:41:38 AM
Certainly not suitable for a conservation area, looks so tatty.  &shake&
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Post by: Nemesis on July 13, 2012, 10:58:07 AM
As far as I remember the tea room never took off because of red tape with the council.
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Post by: hollins on August 03, 2012, 03:58:34 PM
I see that M&S have started their revamp in Llandudno. What a mess with the front mostly boarded up.
I asked the assistant how long it would take and she said, "Until Christmas."
If like me you could do with avoiding this, the M&S Cheshire Oaks is opening on 29 August at 10am.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 03, 2012, 04:49:11 PM
Strikes me it is a silly time to attempt such a thing. Would have been better in Jan or Feb !
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 03, 2012, 05:40:59 PM
Sounds like the same workmen that are doing the floral clock _))*
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Post by: hollins on August 03, 2012, 06:57:25 PM
I feel so sorry for the assistants, only 3 tills working today. She said last Friday was like Christmas and that was with 4 tills working.
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Post by: DaveR on August 03, 2012, 07:10:01 PM
Julian Graves is now closed and empty, the number of empty units int he Victoria Centre must be really worrying the management.
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Post by: wrex on August 03, 2012, 10:14:26 PM
I don;t suppose they can drop the rent as excisting buisnesses would expect a rebate of some kind,rather a bad situation.
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Post by: Fester on August 04, 2012, 12:12:13 AM
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Julian Graves is now closed and empty, the number of empty units int he Victoria Centre must be really worrying the management.

It is 3 years now since I met with Sue Nash, (Victoria Centre Manager) ... with regard to taking on a unit in her shopping centre.

At that time, she was thinking of innovative ways of keeping the centre looking busy, and filling the units.

She is a fantastic manager, with high energy and good ideas, but even she cannot fight the fact that rents are too high, and disposable income for us mere mortals is falling all the time.  (wages or pensions)

I mentioned that inflation was getting a bit much, and that the pocket was getting squeezed a year or so ago on this very Forum... I was ignored then, (shouted down by some) but I wonder how many might now be coming round to my way of thinking?


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Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2012, 09:27:41 AM
The problem with something like the Victoria Centre is inflexibility - the rents will be set by specialist property surveyors from outside the area and there will probably be little room to negotiate. Dare I say that a local commercial agent like Colin Flannigan could do a far better job of letting the units?
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Post by: Llechwedd on August 04, 2012, 12:06:08 PM
M & S are trying to do what London Transport does with the tubes i.e. stay open and re-build all at once.  It's hell in there.  Why do it at the height of the summer?

The little gift shop "Unique" in Madoc Street is closing and moving to Upper Mostyn Street?  Also Top Table is going, shame as they have both tried so hard.
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Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2012, 01:05:01 PM
Top Table has been up for sale for a month or two, Shane as its a nice little cafe.
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Post by: DaveR on August 05, 2012, 07:22:25 PM
Amazing that the smaller Marks & Spencer was operating in near darkness today, due to some sort of problem with their power supply. For such a large retailer, they don't seem very professional - customers were wandering around in the gloom!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on August 05, 2012, 07:42:04 PM
I noticed it has been like that for a couple of weeks.
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Post by: FatAndy on August 05, 2012, 08:27:34 PM
I noticed yesterday that Stead & Simpson on Mostyn Street has a Closing Down sale on.  Where will the good people of Llandudno go for their shoes when it closes?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on August 05, 2012, 09:39:42 PM
but is it a Closing Down Forever sale?
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Post by: Nemesis on August 06, 2012, 08:42:00 AM
Seem to remember this happened before, but it stayed open.
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Post by: DaveR on August 10, 2012, 11:43:06 AM
HSS Tool Hire on Mostyn Broadway is closing down, they are moving to Bangor.
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Post by: DaveR on August 10, 2012, 11:44:32 AM
Air Ambulance shop is closed for a while due to water damage.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 10, 2012, 02:52:39 PM
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Air Ambulance shop is closed for a while due to water damage.

And that means I have the Mrs at home mithering me whilst I am doing the washing, cleaning, ironing, cooking and the thousand and one other things that a house-husband has to do!    ;)
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Post by: Nemesis on August 10, 2012, 03:21:18 PM
Stead and Simpson certainly looks as though it is closing down. Shoes are reduced down to rock bottom.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 10, 2012, 04:08:38 PM
I will probably be a lone voice (as usual  ;D ) but I've never seen the appeal of M & S, always seems very dear and you can't park anywhere near it. I'll stick with Asda and Tescos, both have easy parking and no big issue sellers as a bonus  $good$
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Post by: Yorkie on August 10, 2012, 05:17:03 PM
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I will probably be a lone voice (as usual  ;D ) but I've never seen the appeal of M & S, always seems very dear and you can't park anywhere near it. I'll stick with Asda and Tescos, both have easy parking and no big issue sellers as a bonus  $good$

You're not alone - I feel much the same way.  The only good point is that when someone gives you a present from M & S you can go and change it for something you really want!   :laugh:

I also use it for underpants and socks because I like the quality, and can just pick them  up, pay and it's done.  I certainly think their food is expensive as are many other non food items.  Each to his own!  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: white rabbit on August 10, 2012, 07:39:11 PM
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Air Ambulance shop is closed for a while due to water damage.

And that means I have the Mrs at home mithering me whilst I am doing the washing, cleaning, ironing, cooking and the thousand and one other things that a house-husband has to do!    ;)

Knowing Yorkie's wife as well as I do I think he's talking a load of nonsense (as usual!).   _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: mull on August 11, 2012, 10:02:15 AM
Stead & Simpson also shut in Oban.
Same all over the country there is no way shops without parking can compete when you have got so many supermarkets in the area(Coop,Tesco,Aldi Aros,Lidl,Homebase,Pets at Home and others).
Councils need to get a grip on this. It so easy shopping with a trolley and not having to worry about Traffic Wardens.

How about converting Mostyn Street to a supermarket syle shopping experience with trolley parks and the road given over to car parking.I know there would be problems with this but i am sure there are enough clever people on the council to make a scheme like this work.
We can not just sit back and do nothing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on August 11, 2012, 02:56:49 PM
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How about converting Mostyn Street to a supermarket syle shopping experience with trolley parks and the road given over to car parking

It was mooted 25 years ago, but the local  shops said it would the death of Mostyn Street. Fairly typical reaction.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 11, 2012, 03:37:39 PM
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How about converting Mostyn Street to a supermarket syle shopping experience with trolley parks and the road given over to car parking

It was mooted 25 years ago, but the local  shops said it would the death of Mostyn Street. Fairly typical reaction.

Convert Mostyn Street and the next thing you will see is a Super Walmart on the horizon, where they sell anything and everything!   See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart)

 ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on August 11, 2012, 10:15:46 PM
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How about converting Mostyn Street to a supermarket syle shopping experience with trolley parks and the road given over to car parking

It was mooted 25 years ago, but the local  shops said it would the death of Mostyn Street. Fairly typical reaction.

Convert Mostyn Street and the next thing you will see is a Super Walmart on the horizon, where they sell anything and everything!   See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart)

 ;)


We already have a Walmart in Llandudno
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 11, 2012, 10:20:01 PM
Llandudno has one of the lowest levels of empty shops of any town in Wales. The Welsh average is 18.3%, Llandudno is 7.3%, according to Mostyn Estates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16923180 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16923180)
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/02/09/empty-shops-report-is-rubbish-says-llandudno-landowner-55243-30292158/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/02/09/empty-shops-report-is-rubbish-says-llandudno-landowner-55243-30292158/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 12, 2012, 07:15:58 AM
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We already have a Walmart in Llandudno

You mean ASDA of course! 
I'm talking about a REAL WALMART, where you can buy anything from a can of beans to a speedboat in the same store!  And it is still owned by the same family that started it!
 D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 14, 2012, 02:34:15 PM
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Stead and Simpson certainly looks as though it is closing down. Shoes are reduced down to rock bottom.

Apparently, 220 Stead & Simpson stores were rescued from administration in January 2008 by Shoe Zone.

Shoe Zone is next door in Llandudno and the two shops will merge.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 15, 2012, 06:20:28 PM
Fortes is between Shoe Zone and Stead and Simpson-- that will be an interesting merger !

Work going on at Diskos old shop again today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 16, 2012, 04:37:06 PM
Old Diskos shop is to be Little Poppets Babywear Shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on August 16, 2012, 06:03:51 PM
The old Mooch shop on Bangor road (the old Butchers) is to re--open as Conwy Fine Antiques.


Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on August 16, 2012, 08:44:57 PM
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Old Diskos shop is to be Little Poppets Babywear Shop.

I wish them all the best, but I fear the worst for that idea.... given the demise of Mothercare and other brands due to the proliferation of cheap childrenswear in supermarkets these days.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 22, 2012, 10:58:11 PM
HSS is all shuttered now. Wonder what it will be used for next, it's a pretty big building.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on August 22, 2012, 11:24:20 PM
My money is on another coffee shop  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on August 23, 2012, 12:34:32 AM
Indeed, HSS Tool Hire has a very large warehouse space to the rear.  It looks like it must have been an old garage in the past, for buses or trucks maybe?  Or plenty room for an auto repairs or tyre fitters.  (the like of Kwikfit)
It's massive anyway.

Now maybe it could be an auction rooms?  A carpet warehouse?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 23, 2012, 07:23:28 AM
Fester, it used to be Bootes on Broadway which was a furniture and carpet shop.

Before that, wasn’t it the MANWEB office?

Anyway, I notice the workmen are back in the new American Disaster Restaurant in Mostyn Street.

However, there appears to be still a lot of work to be done inside before it is completed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 23, 2012, 08:23:04 AM
I'm sure there's something in the Ivor Wynne Jones book about it being a dance hall at some time?

American Disaster is certainly living up to its name - they will have missed peak season completely.  &shake& Still no sign of any Planning Application, so I guess that story was a red herring?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 23, 2012, 08:30:05 AM
Sadly, there's been one or two red herrings and/or exagerations of the facts on the forum just lately, DaveR.

On your other point, you are correct.

“The Electricity Board Showroom was built after World War One as a ballroom. Later it became a roller skating rink and then a garage.”
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: majormellons on August 23, 2012, 09:05:28 AM
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I'm sure there's something in the Ivor Wynne Jones book about it being a dance hall at some time?

American Disaster is certainly living up to its name - they will have missed peak season completely.  &shake& Still no sign of any Planning Application, so I guess that story was a red herring?

I'm confused as to why the deputy head of local Borough Council would feed me a red herring?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 23, 2012, 09:31:24 AM
People have their own agendas, mate.

Fact is, there's no Planning Application on the CCBC website and I haven't seen a little yellow notice outside the Restaurant. Now, it might be that the Application hasn't been made yet. But, as was discussed before, the rationale for an Application needing to be made doesn't make a lot of sense, and even if one was needed, there is no way on earth it could be refused, due to the site's long previous history as a restaurant. So no reason not to get the place up and running.

EDIT: Thinking about it a bit more, are you sure you don't mean a Licence application to sell alcohol?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: majormellons on August 23, 2012, 10:00:20 AM
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People have their own agendas, mate.

Fact is, there's no Planning Application on the CCBC website and I haven't seen a little yellow notice outside the Restaurant. Now, it might be that the Application hasn't been made yet. But, as was discussed before, the rationale for an Application needing to be made doesn't make a lot of sense, and even if one was needed, there is no way on earth it could be refused, due to the site's long previous history as a restaurant. So no reason not to get the place up and running.

EDIT: Thinking about it a bit more, are you sure you don't mean a Licence application to sell alcohol?

I was only repeating what I was told, you may be right, maybe my source was incorrect?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 26, 2012, 03:28:18 PM
I see Merrymoon is moving from next to the Bengal Dynasty to the corner of Ty Gwyn Road and Church Walks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on August 27, 2012, 12:15:11 AM
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I see Merrymoon is moving from next to the Bengal Dynasty to the corner of Ty Gwyn Road and Church Walks.

Indeed, that will be a radical down-sizing or them, as the footfall in that area is very low indeed for retail.

I heard it said that it was because they do so much of their trade via the website these days.
I am sceptical about that, as their website is certainly not one of the best I have seen.



Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 27, 2012, 08:08:26 AM
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I heard it said that it was because they do so much of their trade via the website these days.
I am sceptical about that, as their website is certainly not one of the best I have seen.

They are in a rather specialised market with Warlocks and Wikkies and all that stuff!   WWW.  WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 28, 2012, 04:14:44 PM
Gareth Roberts Opticians is to become the Gold Mine Antiques shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 28, 2012, 04:35:14 PM
Who or what is going into the shop next door to the Town House?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 28, 2012, 05:38:24 PM
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Who or what is going into the shop next door to the Town House?
Just being renovated whilst it is up for lease by the Landlord.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 28, 2012, 07:22:10 PM
Bri.they will have to drop their rents to get anyone in
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on September 01, 2012, 03:42:16 PM
I went to pick my mum up from Cheshire today and on the way back we called in at the new M&S Cheshire Oaks.
Not too busy at 11am but was getting a bit more so as we left. I don't think the food hall is as big as Handforth Dean but the store itself is massive and on two floors as is the parking.
The roof is a most impressive construction especially when viewed from the upper sales floor.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 02, 2012, 08:30:34 AM
Notice on Silver Gem yesterday-- Closing Down
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 02, 2012, 08:54:49 AM
Any word on what's happening with the old MerryMoon shop - great location that one for the right business.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 02, 2012, 09:30:04 AM
Not seen or heard anything, but Vollams was advertised for sale in this weeks Pioneer.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on September 04, 2012, 10:17:56 AM
Via @DPBusinessWales on twitter
Third survey in Daily Post regeneration series: INFRASTRUCTURE and EMPTY SHOPS/BUILDINGS: Please take two mins: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/78J2BXK (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/78J2BXK)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 05, 2012, 05:16:16 PM
Select & Save convenience store in upper Mostyn St has closed down. Where will the town's alcoholics get their booze from now?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 13, 2012, 08:42:28 AM
Anyone know why Sainsburys was closed yesterday afternoon and still is this morning?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 13, 2012, 10:25:29 AM
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Anyone know why Sainsburys was closed yesterday afternoon and still is this morning?
Closed due to an 'unavoidable incident' apparently.  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 13, 2012, 05:10:04 PM
A flood.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 17, 2012, 02:28:58 PM
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Select & Save convenience store in upper Mostyn St has closed down. Where will the town's alcoholics get their booze from now?

I think it may still be open albeit on reduced opening hours.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 18, 2012, 08:39:40 AM
The Gold Mine looked ready for opening at the weekend-- it has moved to Gareth Robert's old shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 24, 2012, 10:18:11 PM
The Indoor Market down by KFC has closed and has been gutted.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 24, 2012, 10:19:59 PM
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Select & Save convenience store in upper Mostyn St has closed down. Where will the town's alcoholics get their booze from now?

I think it may still be open albeit on reduced opening hours.
Select & Save has been acquired by a local entrepreneur and reopen shortly, assuming it hasn't already. Think it will have its work cut out competing against Sainsburys myself...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2012, 05:58:55 PM
Publishers Book Clearance has now closed down, presumably a more long term tenant has been found  for the unit.
Title: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: martin on September 29, 2012, 11:53:43 AM
Noticed this morning that Tigg's clothing shop in Conwy High Street is closing down, another business bites the dust, just hope that the premises do not remain empty for too long. :(
Title: Re: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 29, 2012, 05:45:47 PM
The shop will be a Outdoors shop after Tiggs has left. Tiggs were on a month by month lease because the parent company ran into financial trouble and there's a bit of politics going on behind the scenes as well.
Title: Re: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: martin on September 29, 2012, 09:12:33 PM
Thanks dwsi.  Another outdoor clothing shop, but good that the premises are to be used.
Title: Re: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 29, 2012, 10:41:43 PM
The problem is the rent for the site is nearly 2 times per square foot compared with what other tenants are paying in Conwy. It's very difficult to make money in that shop.
Title: Re: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 30, 2012, 08:56:25 AM
That's the unit that used to be the old Spar, isn't it?
Title: Re: Tigg's in Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 30, 2012, 11:18:08 AM
yes
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on October 14, 2012, 02:19:37 PM
Mama Bugs on Madoc Street is closing and becoming a hairdressers.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: white rabbit on October 14, 2012, 07:33:41 PM

do we need another hairdressers?!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on October 14, 2012, 08:15:35 PM
It's certainly cheap - says on the window all cuts £5!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 15, 2012, 08:37:14 AM
Mmm, but what sort of cuts? Seen and tried to repair too many bad ones in my working life !
The difference between a bad cut and a good cut is at least a fortnight! 8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 15, 2012, 10:57:16 AM
I saw a table with a hole in the middle and a lawn mower being delivered!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 15, 2012, 01:49:25 PM
No pudding basins? ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on October 15, 2012, 08:32:53 PM
 >>>Is £5 cheap in Llandudno. ?  Not in the Bay. Indeed there is a gents barber shop in Old Colwyn who cut seniors hair for under £3. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on October 15, 2012, 08:38:48 PM
£5 is cheap in Llandudno and this is for Ladies and Gents and children too not just seniors!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 15, 2012, 09:56:47 PM
Cheaper to get it cut online! My last haircut was from EBay!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 16, 2012, 09:07:22 AM
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Cheaper to get it cut online! My last haircut was from EBay!  ;D

That's fine when you can just send your toupee off to them, but isn't the postage a bit of a deterrent?   _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 16, 2012, 09:17:29 AM
No problem, got the syrup done, free postage  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 16, 2012, 09:25:28 AM
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£5 is cheap in Llandudno and this is for Ladies and Gents and children too not just seniors!
That's true. The one over the road in Madoc Street is over £9.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 16, 2012, 03:10:32 PM
My elderly neighbour paid over £40.00 for a cut and set !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 16, 2012, 04:13:18 PM
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My elderly neighbour paid over £40.00 for a cut and set !

I'm going to retrain as a Hairdresser!   $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: nwpo on October 19, 2012, 04:13:56 PM
Don't think its really shops, but I understand that the Total petrol station (LSP) next to Broadway and Venue Cymru is currently under offer.

Bearing in mind Pentraeth are supposed to be building this car supermarket thing on the old Hotpoint, what's the betting it could become a Te$co Express (just speculating on that one though).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 19, 2012, 05:08:54 PM
Oscar tells me that it is the bar above Pebbles that is for sale, not the chip shop. He also said that the car dealership coming to Junction is not Pentraeth but a national dealer.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: nwpo on October 20, 2012, 07:23:15 PM
As I understand it (from people who work for them), VW Group have put in for the planning permission with the site to be managed by CJ Automotive who have taken over Pentraeth and recently took over the Skoda and VW franchises from Slaters as Slaters didn't want to spend the money to improve their showrooms.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dogstail on October 28, 2012, 07:04:56 PM
Talking about M&S there toilets are disgracful.  I hope they are improving them aswell with all the work they are doing there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on October 28, 2012, 07:50:36 PM
Going back a couple of posts.  Love them or hate them, it must be said that Slaters have been selling cars for eighty --- yes eighty years . They have seen many,many car sales businesses come and go in that time, so if they think its not the time to spend cash on new showrooms, who can argue.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on October 28, 2012, 08:11:57 PM
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Going back a couple of posts.  Love them or hate them, it must be said that Slaters have been selling cars for eighty --- yes eighty years . They have seen many,many car sales businesses come and go in that time, so if they think its not the time to spend cash on new showrooms, who can argue.


That being said I found it a strange decision to sell off their Pensarn site to a direct competitor and in the process cutting all ties to VAG. I would have thought there was a certain kudos to selling their cars as opposed to the other marques they sell.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on October 29, 2012, 04:56:29 PM
A walk around Marine Drive today gave good views of the new supermarket that's being built in Llys Helig Drive. Bit short on parking space but handy for the locals. ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on October 29, 2012, 06:44:25 PM
Do I take it that they sell Magic Mushrooms? :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on October 29, 2012, 07:05:27 PM
The person who designed it can't have been as it shows very little in creative design.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on October 29, 2012, 10:20:53 PM
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A walk around Marine Drive today gave good views of the new supermarket that's being built in Llys Helig Drive. Bit short on parking space but handy for the locals. ;)

What's this?   What's this??  I say
Title: Is Comet in Llandudno included?
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 08, 2012, 12:31:23 PM
Electronics retailer Comet has announced a "massive stock liquidation" ahead of store closures as early as next week.

The sale, which began at 9am on Thursday, is only available in its 236 stores, with customers unable to buy products online.

The electrical chain said gift vouchers would be accepted on sale items, following the temporary suspension of the tokens over the weekend.

But it warned customers it will not offer refunds, and any items ordered before the company went into administration that have not been paid for will not be delivered.

Comet's administrators Deloitte are in the process of winding down the business following its collapse on Friday, which leaves 6,600 jobs hanging in the balance.

But rival Dixons, which owns Currys and PC World, postponed hiring 3,000 Christmas staff by a week to allow Comet staff to apply.

It said it was "amazed" by the number of Comet employees that had enquired about positions so far.

Deloitte has been attempting to find a buyer for the business, but reports suggest stores could start to be closed next week.

If the chain does collapse, it will become one of the biggest high street casualties since Woolworths
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: TheMedz on November 08, 2012, 04:04:20 PM
Yes - Comet is currently competing with JJB Sports store next door to it  to see who can have the biggest "Closing Down - Everything Must Go" Signs
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on November 08, 2012, 05:30:41 PM
Oscar mentioned on Twitter that a sweet emporium is opening up in the Victoria Centre!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 08, 2012, 07:07:56 PM
I popped down to Comet today (after seeing the Sale mentioned here) .. I needed some accessories anyway and I was pleased to get a 10 to 15% discount.

Unlike JJB, Comet are discounting by a sensible degree, given the nature of the product and the low profit margin attached to it.   So, no need to stampede down there, they ain't giving it away.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on November 08, 2012, 07:30:47 PM
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I popped down to Comet today (after seeing the Sale mentioned here) .. I needed some accessories anyway and I was pleased to get a 10 to 15% discount.

Unlike JJB, Comet are discounting by a sensible degree, given the nature of the product and the low profit margin attached to it.   So, no need to stampede down there, they ain't giving it away.




Did you buy the new Motörhead headphones.
http://www.motorheadphones.com/en (http://www.motorheadphones.com/en)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 08, 2012, 07:36:41 PM
 We had a quick look at Comet this morning, they had 10 per cent off TV sets, but what would you do if there is a problem and the retailer has gone bust? We didn't feel like taking the risk!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 08, 2012, 07:57:32 PM
Certainly not.

Motorhead should be HEARD and inflicted on EVERYONE, and never hidden by headphones or ear-plugs.  Thats a cop out!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on November 08, 2012, 08:01:00 PM
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Certainly not.

Motorhead should be HEARD and inflicted on EVERYONE, and never hidden by headphones or ear-plugs.  Thats a cop out!




I was thinking more sell out myself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 08, 2012, 08:02:55 PM
????????   Hang on ... I'm replying to SDQ in my last post ... but it wouldn't include the 'quote' when replying.

I have this situation before, it happens..... but only every now and again.   A glitch?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 08, 2012, 08:16:55 PM
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????????   Hang on ... I'm replying to SDQ in my last post ... but it wouldn't include the 'quote' when replying.

I have this situation before, it happens..... but only every now and again.   A glitch?
Yes....with your laptop.  :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 14, 2012, 08:43:54 PM
Nice to see 3 units under offer on the Shopproperty site,unit ,unit 19 and unit 33a,it would be nice to see them all taken up,especially unit 10 which is the only unit that has never been let properly,its the one next to boots,book publishers had it for a bit but nothing solid, so good luck to the Victoria Center.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 14, 2012, 09:45:04 PM
Isn't that the same one that The Gift Company recently relocated into, which is next door to Boots?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 14, 2012, 10:04:48 PM
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Isn't that the same one that The Gift Company recently relocated into, which is next door to Boots?
Correct. It was J. G  Gibbons when the centre originally opened.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 14, 2012, 10:34:24 PM
That shows you how often i go shopping,my apologies.That is a good move then,there must be a lot more room in there ,a pleasant shop to visit ,especially around xmas.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 15, 2012, 08:38:18 AM
Some lovely things, but also alot of Christmas stuff that doesn't appeal to me. Not keen on odd looking reindeer etc ! ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 15, 2012, 08:50:04 AM
Apparently, it is owned by a young local couple who have 22 shops throughout England and Wales.

Perhaps, CCBC and/or Job Centre Plus should invite them into our local secondary schools and Job Centres to give inspirational talks on how they achieved their success.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Gwynant on November 15, 2012, 05:37:10 PM
          I was in Wrexham today, and I went to Mountain Warehouse Outdoor Clothing etc. in the Eagle's Meadow development as I always do when I am there, but I was horrified to see "Closing down sale, Everything must go" signs in the window.When I asked what the reason was for the signs, and asked if the company had gone bust, (having received an e-mail only this morning advertising their products and discounts which I get on a regular basis) the member of staff said that the lease was coming to an end and they were looking to relocate to the High Street in Wrexham when suitable (larger and cheaper) premises becomes available there, as the price of the new lease was extortionate. He said that the parent company is thriving and is now the biggest player in their field but they refused to pay the new lease price asked by the developers.
          I hadn't been to Wrexham for about nine months or so but it seemed to me that the High Street was much busier and many more shops are being re-occupied than when I was last there, whereas the Eagle's Meadow complex was considerably quieter. Wouldn't it be nice if this was a forerunner of things come in town centres in general?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on November 15, 2012, 08:37:59 PM
We went for a stroll around the Llandudno Christmas Fayre this evening. These fayres are a development of the European fayres, which originated in Germany and I have to say this one has missed the boat in one important respect.  In Berlin - ior anywhere in Germany - the single most impressive characteristic of their fayres is beautifully designed Christmas lighting. Mopst of the fayres also have a centrepiece - a giant illuminated clock tower for instance - but the Llandudno one is notable by the absence of any real illuminations.  It's the LED displays, the delightfully quirky lighting - that make these fayres worth visiting. The Llandudno fayre is a shadow of what it ought to be. Extremely disappointing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 16, 2012, 12:17:38 AM
In the UK, many towns and cities have a bonafide Xmas Market.

That being, a collection of kiosks, stalls, bars, street entertainers, musicians and eateries which spans about a 14 day timeframe.
They usually have a Bier Keller, or central tent which can accomodate a few hundred people.
Entrance is always unrestricted, and free of charge.

The Llandudno event is on a much smaller scale, and you can do the whole thing in 30 minutes sadly, and it costs a quid to enter!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 16, 2012, 07:31:04 AM
This Sunday i promise to go shopping in town,see the new Gift Company shop in the precinct and visit the xmas fayre,has M&S been finished yet.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 16, 2012, 07:58:07 AM
Don't forget to take your grandchildren to the new Xmas Grotto where the Early Learning Centre used to be.  ;)

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 16, 2012, 08:37:35 AM
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This Sunday i promise to go shopping in town,see the new Gift Company shop in the precinct and visit the xmas fayre,has M&S been finished yet.

Not when I last looked, but am heading into town later today, so will have a look.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2012, 08:47:55 AM
I take it M&S are going to have proper window displays again at some point, instead of those terrible vinyl graphics presently all over the windows?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 16, 2012, 09:10:46 AM
Anyone tried the new Barbers yet?  I could do with a trim.    :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 16, 2012, 01:10:58 PM
M&S appears to be finished, although it seems rather dull inside and very difficult to find what you are looking for. There is an awful lot more stock, so it will take a bit of getting used to. Hope they don't keep moving everything round, at least if things stay in roughly the same place it is easy to rush in and grab what you need.
On the same trip I had look at the Christmas Fayre in Madoc Street-- much better than the one in Colwyn Bay. Never seen so many scarves!! Plenty of nuts, cheeses and fudge, but don't think the ice cream was selling very quickly !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 17, 2012, 09:18:05 PM
Nice to see St Davids have been given the job of trying to dispose of Hoosons and Boots on Broadway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 17, 2012, 09:36:14 PM
Went into M&S the other day. Whose genius idea was it to put the sandwiches right down on the back wall of the store? Then, two of the four self service tills were broken. Rubbish!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 18, 2012, 04:18:18 AM
We have been thinking exactly the same for a good couple of weeks expecting them to be moved back to the front of the store when refurbishment finished.

It's small wonder Greggs is always so busy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 18, 2012, 08:53:52 AM
Did you think it was gloomy Bri and DaveR ? or was that just me?
I hate those self serice tills, they always start spitting things at me !!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 18, 2012, 09:29:09 AM
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Nice to see St Davids have been given the job of trying to dispose of Hoosons and Boots on Broadway.

Should help to give the Hospice a nice little boost in funds!     :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 18, 2012, 10:28:17 AM
Presumably, wrex, you are referring to the leases on both?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2012, 11:16:00 AM
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Presumably, wrex, you are referring to the leases on both?
He is.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 18, 2012, 12:01:20 PM
It is ironic that that contractors have this past week been repairing the paving slabs outside what was formerly Manweb, Bootes on Broadway and lately HSS Hire.

Hoosons recently had a similar problem.

If it is believed 150 coaches a day can arrive at the coach park then it may not be long before somebody snaps up the lease and opens up another cafe.

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 18, 2012, 12:24:06 PM
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Nice to see St Davids have been given the job of trying to dispose of Hoosons and Boots on Broadway.

Should help to give the Hospice a nice little boost in funds!     :D

 L0L They wish !!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on November 18, 2012, 12:54:47 PM
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Went into M&S the other day. Whose genius idea was it to put the sandwiches right down on the back wall of the store? Then, two of the four self service tills were broken. Rubbish!

Shops always put the most popular items at the far end of the store to get you to buy more, it's an old trick. It works the same  for exhibitions etc
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 18, 2012, 02:21:33 PM
I suppose that philosophy must also apply to the tills when common sense suggests they should have relocated them to right near the exit.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2012, 03:29:05 PM
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Went into M&S the other day. Whose genius idea was it to put the sandwiches right down on the back wall of the store? Then, two of the four self service tills were broken. Rubbish!

Shops always put the most popular items at the far end of the store to get you to buy more, it's an old trick. It works the same  for exhibitions etc
It doesn't work for me as I'll just go to Greggs instead.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2012, 04:05:40 PM
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Shops always put the most popular items at the far end of the store to get you to buy more, it's an old trick. It works the same  for exhibitions etc

But they don't.  Sweets and other nibbles are often placed at the tills, the last place to visit, but in fact, Supermarkets normally place fresh fruit and veg at the entrance with alcohol and other 'guilty' goods at the end of the walkways. The theory is you buy the items which seem 'better' for you, then finally end up with those less likely to be 'wholesome'. The move of the self-service tills to the rear doens't make any sense, either; stores are using those to save money on staff, but that won't work if you have to detour to use them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on November 18, 2012, 04:42:31 PM
Sweets and nibbles are displayed at the checkout to trigger impulse buyers to buy what they might not have otherwise considered.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on November 18, 2012, 06:13:45 PM
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Sweets and nibbles are displayed at the checkout to trigger impulse buyers to buy what they might not have otherwise considered.

Indeed;  but they're not at the far end of the store. In fact, supermarkets use a variety of strategies, with none actually being a standard. Asda and Tesco, for instance, adopt broadly similar layout designs, but M & S change their strategy every other week, it seems :-) One strategy which is, common, however, is to place cheaper products on the lower shelves. If you're buying something, always check the shelves below the one on which you see what you want.  Often, it will have an own-brand product at a significantly cheaper price.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on November 18, 2012, 06:33:51 PM
Shops always tweek where their stock are placed to make you look for them and in the process might buy something extra. The problem with this if you do it too often or do too much of a change it'll have the opposite effect. Tesco Junction are notorious for this and have lost a lot of customers.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 18, 2012, 08:22:32 PM
M and S have always had a policy of keeping foodstuffs right at the back of the store. By chance I happen to know that on a suitability exam they used to give to potential trianees (40 years ago) one of the questions asked why they did that. You got nil marks if you said Public Health.
   The real reason is to get footfall through the profitable clothing sector.
   Sorry DaveR, they dont want anyone dashing in for a quick sarney and going out again. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 18, 2012, 08:29:51 PM
   Just posted on this thread. As soon as it came up on the forum screen I realised I had been looking at the previous page and I had missed everyone elses replies. Sorry to waste readers time Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2012, 02:24:17 PM
Stead and Simpson have now closed and what has happened to Cadwallader's ice cream shop? It said earlier this year that it was closing for refurbishment, but it looks suspiciously empty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 30, 2012, 05:15:30 PM
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Stead and Simpson have now closed and what has happened to Cadwallader's ice cream shop? It said earlier this year that it was closing for refurbishment, but it looks suspiciously empty.
Information about their Llandudno cafe has been removed from the website:

http://www.cadwaladersicecream.co.uk/our-cafes/default.aspx?id=9&Llandudno,%20Conwy (http://www.cadwaladersicecream.co.uk/our-cafes/default.aspx?id=9&Llandudno,%20Conwy)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 30, 2012, 07:24:41 PM
  Frozen screen?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 01, 2012, 08:43:13 AM
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Stead and Simpson have now closed and what has happened to Cadwallader's ice cream shop? It said earlier this year that it was closing for refurbishment, but it looks suspiciously empty.
Information about their Llandudno cafe has been removed from the website:

http://www.cadwaladersicecream.co.uk/our-cafes/default.aspx?id=9&Llandudno,%20Conwy (http://www.cadwaladersicecream.co.uk/our-cafes/default.aspx?id=9&Llandudno,%20Conwy)

Yes, I had looked that up and seen that their Llandudno outlet had been removed. Shame, I wonder if anyone else will take it. The whole thing seemed to be done very quietly.
re frozen screen-- perhaps they also had frozen assets!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on December 01, 2012, 03:21:22 PM
   I hope DaveR hasn't already posted this news, it's up his street.
   Llandudno appears to have a new coffee house every week. Alas, Colwyn Bay has just lost one. It's in Station road, next to Peacocks. I,m not sure of the name, just one word though. Smart. Has every appearance of making a sudden departure. It's most definitely closed. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2012, 04:18:54 PM
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   I hope DaveR hasn't already posted this news, it's up his street.
   Llandudno appears to have a new coffee house every week. Alas, Colwyn Bay has just lost one. It's in Station road, next to Peacocks. I,m not sure of the name, just one word though. Smart. Has every appearance of making a sudden departure. It's most definitely closed. Mike
Amber? Nooo...that was one of the few decent places to go in Cowlyn Bay!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on December 01, 2012, 05:04:31 PM
    Thats it. I KNEW u would know the place!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on December 03, 2012, 08:47:01 PM
Amber Coffee shop in Colwyn Bay has a hand written sign in the door saying they're closed until further notice.  They have closed like this in the past and eventually reopened so to paraphrase Samuel Langhorne Clemons rumours of their demise may be greatly exaggerated.  Also all the tables, chairs, etc are still in there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 03, 2012, 09:06:41 PM
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Amber Coffee shop in Colwyn Bay has a hand written sign in the door saying they're closed until further notice.  They have closed like this in the past and eventually reopened so to paraphrase Samuel Langhorne Clemons rumours of their demise may be greatly exaggerated.  Also all the tables, chairs, etc are still in there.
It originally opened as an Indian Restaurant, with the owners being from Rhyl. I can't remember if it was them or the current owners that had their windows repeatedly smashed, along with Darbeys chip shop across the road. I believe a message was pushed though the letter box of Darbeys saying 'go back to Rhyl'.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 09, 2013, 06:40:56 PM
Can someone please try to explain why the closing down sale of Comet lasted only a few days before the store was finally empty but the closing down sale at JJB Sports has now probably been going on for about a month with no sign of it ending?  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 09, 2013, 07:59:02 PM
I can explain it Bri.
Basically, JJB Sports went into Administration, and only a paltry 22 Stores were taken over by Sports Direct.

Llandudno was one of the very lucky ones. They have Sports Direct stock, and a shedload of old JJB stock to clear.
If you look carefully, you will see that the staff are now wearing Sports Direct uniforms!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 09, 2013, 09:56:36 PM
  Dont anyone go looking too carefully at the staff. Ive got an attractive twenty year old niece working there  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 10, 2013, 08:52:47 AM
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  Dont anyone go looking too carefully at the staff. Ive got an attractive twenty year old niece working there  Mike

Mike.  Just thought I'd mention, Dont should have an apostrophe - Don't.  Ive should also - I've.  Surely a full stop is needed twixt there and Mike - there.  Mike

Sorry to be pedantic!  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on January 10, 2013, 04:45:41 PM
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  Dont anyone go looking too carefully at the staff. Ive got an attractive twenty year old niece working there  Mike

Mike.  Just thought I'd mention, Dont should have an apostrophe - Don't.  Ive should also - I've.  Surely a full stop is needed twixt there and Mike - there.  Mike

Sorry to be pedantic!  ;)


If you were really sorry you wouldn't have mentioned it. For someone who likes to criticise just about everybody or everything that isn't to your liking you take criticism against yourself very badly.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 10, 2013, 04:50:21 PM
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  Dont anyone go looking too carefully at the staff. Ive got an attractive twenty year old niece working there  Mike

Mike.  Just thought I'd mention, Dont should have an apostrophe - Don't.  Ive should also - I've.  Surely a full stop is needed twixt there and Mike - there.  Mike

Sorry to be pedantic!  ;)


If you were really sorry you wouldn't have mentioned it. For someone who likes to criticise just about everybody or everything that isn't to your liking you take criticism against yourself very badly.

'twas a humerus repost at mike for his of totheir day.   All mistrals korsed bi the iPad.

Did you notice the Smiley?  They are supposed to indicate humor (American spelling). 
 :) :D ;D :( :P

What a waste of bandwidth!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 10, 2013, 04:54:44 PM
To SDQ

Perhaps you had better have a check back on many of your own posts, it seems to me there is a modicum of pot and kettle in your posting!    $uk $uk $uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on January 10, 2013, 04:56:00 PM
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To SDQ

Perhaps you had better have a check back on many of your own posts, it seems to me there is a modicum of pot and kettle in your posting!    $uk $uk $uk


I rest my case!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 10, 2013, 05:14:29 PM
  Hello Yorkie, It's O.K. I took it as a bit of a joke.
   Actually, I think its quite a serious point. I know perfectly well my apostrifies (I'm no good at all at spelling) and I actually hold a London Chamber of Commerce certificate in English language---I was taught by Mr John Buckland who was then the english teacher in Colwyn Bay County School. He later became the very first principal of Llandrillo tech, if it was called that in those days. It was in the present day Bod Alaw school buildings.
  However, back to my misgivings, I am basically lazy. Texting and emailing are making me more and more lazy on the keyboard and now I  am spending more and more time on Twitter --- and u definitely don't put apostr etc etc on there, u will use up your 140 letters allowance.
  So, whats our written language going to be like in ten years time? Language is a living thing, it changes and adapts constantly, and has done since man first learnt to talk.
  To have it completely correct, and get Mr Bucklands approval, I should have written "Do not" and "I have."  Also, and I'm not too sure of my grounds here, apostrophe. BUT---BUT--- what is an inverted comma. Are they the same thing? I'm not sure but I would put my money on inverted comma. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 10, 2013, 05:23:22 PM
  Following on from my previous post, I have not got the time nor inclination to go looking for the answer.
  But, from over 60 years ago English classes, I am wondering if apostrophes go where you shorten say "Do not" to "don't" and inverted commas go with the possessive "s" i.e. quote "it's Yorkie's fault."
  Gosh,does'ent this forum get highbrow at times.  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on January 10, 2013, 09:17:15 PM
It's tricky, because so many of our punctuation 'rules' owe their origins to Anglo Saxon, French and Latin. The contraction 'it's' is a good example of the inconsistencies English embodies. "It's" is actually a contraction of it is, whereas the possessive "its", meaning belonging to it, is actually spelt without an apostrophe. In general, the apostrophe is used to denote a contraction - as in "Yorkie's hat" which - in the original Anglo Saxon construction - was actually "Yorkie his hat".  If we're talking possessive with plurals, however, as in 'the members' hats', the apostrophe is used immediately following the plural form of the noun. We use some contractions without knowing that's what they are, too; a good example is the word 'none', which is actually a contraction of 'not one'. Thus, it's incorrect to say 'None of the men were there' as it should be 'none of the men was there'. Isn't language fun :-))
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: snowcap on January 10, 2013, 11:46:35 PM
i agree with u mike if u can read it + understand it what if it is sppelled wrong who gives a darn anyhow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on January 11, 2013, 08:43:57 AM
Well, spelling is dynamic, just as Language itself is. I actually believe that Grammar and punctuation are far more important, as errors there can significantly alter the sense of what you're trying to convey.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 11, 2013, 05:31:41 PM
Jessops are closing all 187 shops this afternoon.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 11, 2013, 08:18:36 PM
   Good old DaveR. He has got the thread back onto shops.  Ian got carried away like myself and got discussing language.  Mike
   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2013, 09:29:05 AM
I've just been past the new Farm Produce shop in Rhos (opposite Spar). What a great shop, brimming with local produce and all very attractively displayed. The shop is a real asset to Rhos already.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on January 12, 2013, 11:14:03 AM
We walked past that the other day and thought how inviting it looked. I hope they do well.
What is the fish and chip shop like opposite the Spar?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2013, 11:32:07 AM
It's pretty good, same owners as the Galleon in Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 12, 2013, 01:46:08 PM
   This chip shop has been there for over 70 years to my personal knowledge. Rather surprisingly, during the war they sold only chips. Thats right, no pies, no chicken, not even fish.
    Cannot imagine why no one got a line out in the sea and caught them some fish.  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 14, 2013, 08:55:45 PM
Sad news, HMV has gone into administration this evening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21021073 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21021073)

4350 jobs are at risk.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 14, 2013, 09:00:45 PM
 :o we were talking about that only this afternoon in Caffe Nero!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 14, 2013, 09:29:23 PM
Strangely, within 20 minutes of me posting the HMV article, the BBC pulled it... and amended it to the one below which says HMV 'may' go into administration as early as Tuesday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21021073 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21021073)

I advise all Forum members to spend any HMV gift vouchers they may have, as in administration they WILL NOT be honoured!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 14, 2013, 10:49:49 PM
   Boss of Jessops, decides to move on, takes a post at HMV?  A top financial man.   Never mind the record shop, has this man managed to make a record for himself? Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on January 14, 2013, 11:49:12 PM
Sad but no surprise - for example nearly everything that HMV offer I can get pretty much instantly for cheaper - for DVDs, films, box sets etc - I subscribe to Netflix and have Sky on Demand, both on my home TV with tens of thousands of content I can access at anytime for no more than my monthly fees. Games I can get from Amazon, next day delivery and much cheaper, CDs I can download. Interestingly the thinks I can't get are the very things that HMV decided not to follow on from the indie record shops they put out of business, Vinyl and rare and local artists. It would be great if some independent stores could emerge as I miss the Kavern and the like. I don't know much about local business but from what I read on here that seems pretty unlikely because of the rates though
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2013, 07:08:53 AM
I was actually thinking to myself that the demise of HMV might well see the revival of an independent shop similar to Kavern, selling a mixture of popular & rarer music/dvds.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2013, 07:09:49 AM
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I advise all Forum members to spend any HMV gift vouchers they may have, as in administration they WILL NOT be honoured!
Too late!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 15, 2013, 07:42:38 AM
I've never seen the point of gift vouchers, the only ones worth having have a picture of the Queen on them!  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on January 15, 2013, 07:52:43 AM
Annoyingly, the vinyl I just ordered this morning was cheapest in HMV. I decided not to take the risk with them and got it from the next cheapest place which was in Germany! HMV was £25 - Germany £29 and Amazon £35
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 15, 2013, 08:29:15 AM
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I've never seen the point of gift vouchers, the only ones worth having have a picture of the Queen on them!  :D

I totally agree.

Not too long ago, my sister-in-law gave me a gift voucher from Ticketmaster but because it took me over 12 months to use it I found it had already expired.

On the other hand, in 1997 I won a £100 gift voucher from Thomas Cook and I used it towards the cost of a holiday only last year in their shop in Mostyn Street.

No doubt, I would have got greater value for it 15 years ago but I accept that.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 16, 2013, 01:15:43 PM
Not exactly a shop, but the HALIFAX is supposed to supply a service to its customers.   Today I came across my first experience of AGEISM, when solely due to my advancing years, they refused to deal with my enquiry as they had an age limit on that particular service.

I have been a customer of the Llandudno Branch for 25 years and of the Halifax itself for at least 50.  Never had any problems and always maintained healthy balances.

I note their ISA rate reduces at the end of March to a mere pittance so maybe it is about time I looked at moving my money to a more accommodating Bank.    :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on January 16, 2013, 01:31:12 PM
Without knowing the product in question it is difficult to comment but is it possibly a case of industry practice and all the other banks & building societies would have also refused your enquiry of their similar products.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 16, 2013, 03:50:37 PM
Blockbusters in administration now!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21047652 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21047652)


Who's next?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 16, 2013, 04:44:06 PM
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Without knowing the product in question it is difficult to comment but is it possibly a case of industry practice and all the other banks & building societies would have also refused your enquiry of their similar products.

The product is available at Branch level but NOT if one is over a certain age.   Essentially a short term loan that is fully secured, so absolutely no risk to the bank whatsoever.   Easily available from other places.  Goodby HALIFAX.   
$hands$
Probably think I won't live for another six months, but that would not affect the guarantee from the security.
Other than AGEISM it could only be stupidity of the person I saw, or a rather peculiar company policy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 17, 2013, 12:27:09 AM
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Blockbusters in administration now!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21047652 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21047652)


Who's next?

I hope I'm wrong,  but I was right about Jessops and HMV.

Now, I fear for WH Smith,  and Waterstones.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 17, 2013, 06:58:52 AM
W H Smith seems a pretty sound business, financially, whilst Waterstones is more at risk but has the very deep pockets of its Russian Billionaire owner to support them through any troubles.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 17, 2013, 08:34:00 AM
I passed Baxters Photography in Vaughan Street yesterday and noticed it was now closed.

A sign says it has relocated but it does not say where to.

That studio must have been trading in Vaughan Street for as long as I can remember.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on January 17, 2013, 12:00:02 PM
I've got thousands of HMV points.  Just tried to use them on line and the pages are closed "for essential maintenance".  Should have done it yesterday.  I did however purchase some good dvds in store for 25% off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 17, 2013, 01:06:25 PM
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I passed Baxters Photography in Vaughan Street yesterday and noticed it was now closed.

A sign says it has relocated but it does not say where to.

That studio must have been trading in Vaughan Street for as long as I can remember.

Somewhere in my files I have a pic of one of the occupants of our house taken in the late 1800s--- by Baxters
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 17, 2013, 01:10:08 PM
Speculation in the NWWN is that the Llandudno branch of HMV will remain open. I'm sceptical, personally, as I believe HMV will need to slim down from its current 239 stores to something nearer 40-50 in order to become a viable long term business.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 18, 2013, 12:03:54 PM
Just checking the site is still working
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on January 18, 2013, 12:51:03 PM
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I hope I'm wrong,  but I was right about Jessops and HMV.

Now, I fear for WH Smith,  and Waterstones.



The is a rumour Heinz may go into administrone!  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: mull on January 19, 2013, 11:13:58 AM
SDQ......That should be in the Dreadfull Jokes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 21, 2013, 12:29:59 PM
Why would someone purchase a HMV gift card other from than a HMV store?

Shoppers who bought HMV gift cards from Asda, Boots and Tesco can exchange them at face value for the retailers' own gift cards.

Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco say if you bought an HMV gift card from one of their stores and have proof of purchase, such as a receipt, you can exchange it for one of their own.

High street retailer Boots will also exchange an HMV gift card bought from one of its stores, for one of its own.  
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 21, 2013, 12:35:02 PM
A lot of convenience stores sell gift cards for a range of retailers. Saves having to go into the actual retailer, I suppose.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 21, 2013, 03:49:12 PM
Thanks, DaveR.

Not being a great lover of gift cards since I got stung by Ticketmaster I did not know that.

I suppose these third party stores must receive a small commission for making the sales and with it may come an automatic legal liability for any losses if the other store goes into administration.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 21, 2013, 04:12:38 PM
It now seems the Administrators will be allowing gift cards to be used at all HMV stores from tomorrow as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 22, 2013, 04:22:52 PM
Did I notice an empty shop next to David Roberts Shoes in Gloddaeth Street being internally decorated when I passed lunchtime?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 22, 2013, 05:16:03 PM
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Did I notice an empty shop next to David Roberts Shoes in Gloddaeth Street being internally decorated when I passed lunchtime?
Yes, the old Thresher off licence. They've been working on it for a week or two now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 22, 2013, 07:06:25 PM
DaveRyou must be ill,you don;t have a tennant for us. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 23, 2013, 10:09:41 PM
HilCo,  the company who are looking to restructure HMV, are also looking to acquire Jessops.

See here...  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21168877 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21168877)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 24, 2013, 08:03:17 AM
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HilCo,  the company who are looking to restructure HMV, are also looking to acquire Jessops.

See here...  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21168877 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21168877)
"There are reports that Hilco is considering opening Jessops concessions in HMV stores."
That sounds like a real winner. Take one broken retail concept and insert it into another broken retail concept.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 29, 2013, 02:40:59 PM
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Did I notice an empty shop next to David Roberts Shoes in Gloddaeth Street being internally decorated when I passed lunchtime?

It has now opened as a second hand shop.
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Post by: Yorkie on January 29, 2013, 04:46:00 PM
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Did I notice an empty shop next to David Roberts Shoes in Gloddaeth Street being internally decorated when I passed lunchtime?

It has now opened as a second hand shop.

Just what the Town needed!    ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 08:04:56 AM
The former Publishers Book Clearance shop at 91 Mostyn Street is now available to let at £55,000pa. Rates payable would be an additional £30,228.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on January 30, 2013, 08:24:42 AM
The old Blacks shop in Betws  was asking 55,000 pa lease, but has now dropped the asking price to 45000.  Maybe this is a sign that landlords are starting to become more realistic?  I believe they have to pay rates on empty shops they own?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 08:41:33 AM
Is that the large shop opposite Pont Y Pair bridge?

Landlords of commercial property are responsible for paying Business Rates on empty properties. In some extreme cases, they will demolish a factory they own, rather than pay the rates.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on January 30, 2013, 08:54:37 AM
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Is that the large shop opposite Pont Y Pair bridge?

No - same side but slightly higher up, just past the Art shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 09:03:12 AM
Oh yes, I know the one you mean.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 30, 2013, 11:13:00 AM
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Is that the large shop opposite Pont Y Pair bridge?

No - same side but slightly higher up, just past the Art shop.

I took a look at that shop a couple of weeks ago, and I was wondering what kind of business would be suited to it.
It would make a fantastic cafe/bar,  or a gallery.   But I doubt that there is enough additional business to share around to justify the costs, at least for half of the year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 01:16:01 PM
It's the quietest end of Betws up there, not that much footfall. Nice unit though.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 30, 2013, 03:11:55 PM
Going back probably 25/30 years there used to be a small Bistro somewhere up there which we frequented whilst we were in the area on holiday. It had a garden on the riverside at the back and was always busy.---They made fantastic garlic mushrooms if I remember. $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 07:41:32 PM
A rather colourful shop is in the process of opening in St. Georges Place, next to Caffe Nero. The paint is still wet, as Fester found out when he looked through the door.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on January 30, 2013, 07:50:03 PM
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A rather colourful shop is in the process of opening in St. Georges Place, next to Caffe Nero. The paint is still wet, as Fester found out when he looked through the door.  :laugh:

Thats in the conservation area isn't it? How can you let them paint it in those colors and then tell Mrs stick of rock she can't paint her hotel Pink? Madness
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 30, 2013, 07:52:57 PM
What an eyesore!  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 07:53:13 PM
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A rather colourful shop is in the process of opening in St. Georges Place, next to Caffe Nero. The paint is still wet, as Fester found out when he looked through the door.  :laugh:

Thats in the conservation area isn't it? How can you let them paint it in those colors and then tell Mrs stick of rock she can't paint her hotel Pink? Madness
I made that same point to Fester when we were looking at it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 30, 2013, 07:55:25 PM
Now i suppose the pair of you are drinking in fat cats. >>>
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Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2013, 07:57:27 PM
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Now i suppose the pair of you are drinking in fat cats. >>>
Indeed not!  :o
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Post by: Fester on January 30, 2013, 11:12:26 PM
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Now i suppose the pair of you are drinking in fat cats. >>>

What an outrageous suggestion!  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2013, 04:24:26 PM
I was walking past Craft Llandudno earlier and noticed that the 'Land-Dudno' part of the sign had been obscured. Looks like they have had to change their name.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 31, 2013, 04:44:29 PM
I noticed that too, and remarked upon it to Mrs Fester.   I wonder why?

A good name I always thought.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2013, 04:51:34 PM
A business only usually changes its name if it has to.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 01, 2013, 10:05:46 AM
It seems to get more and more small 'departments'.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 01, 2013, 10:19:43 AM
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It seems to get more and more small 'departments'.

The place is a bl**dy mess, not just in the shop but all over the sidewalk, often on the public area causing obstruction to pedestrians.    $angry2$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 01, 2013, 06:51:43 PM
I was in Waitrose in Menai Bridge earlier, what a fantastic shop it is, such great quality food. If only they could be persuaded to open in Llandudno; I imagine the demographic would be perfect for them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 01, 2013, 09:44:09 PM
    Back to Craft Llandudno. I was in there today and find out that "they" have now taken over the next door shop to the left, as you face them. So now there are three..
    Thinking of this thread I asked the lad on the till why they had painted out the Land dud no bit. For what it is worth, he said that they decided to change the name when they took over this next door unit.
    I didn't bother asking why they hadnt painted over the whole name. He might have been guessing. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 02, 2013, 03:41:36 PM
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A rather colourful shop is in the process of opening in St. Georges Place, next to Caffe Nero. The paint is still wet, as Fester found out when he looked through the door.  :laugh:
It's going to be a Bag Shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 02, 2013, 05:11:22 PM
It already had bags in the shop before Xmas.
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Post by: Blongb on February 03, 2013, 01:53:37 PM
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It already had bags in the shop before Xmas.

I think they may have been and gone $bounce$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 03, 2013, 06:40:01 PM
  I must be very careful with my words here. I am delibrately vague about all the details. Not because I've forgotten them, but I don't fancy being called up to some Court for God knows what sin
  In a semi local paper in the last few days. I wonder what you make of it. Looks decidedly dodgy.
  Indeed, if Ian or Dave don't fancy publishing this---go
ahead and delete, I understand.

      A man, not local by birth but that doesent really matter. Starts a business off in the U.K.    Goes bankrupt.       Not put off, he struggles out of bankruptcy and opens a business not too far away from here.   Should I say what sort of a business? Dont think I better had.
     Does well, very successful.  Branches out into another town.
    Now has taken on another property which USED to be very successful for very many years, but, for one reason or another, closed down two years ago.
     He intends to reopen this, that is what the article is about. Financed by one of our high street banks, named. Indeed had their photos taken with him.
     Only thing that strikes me. One is that the out of town branch has been closed for a couple of months, with no sign of reopening.
     Two. The new place is right opposite where he is already trading. And, presumably, in the same line.
     And backed by the Banking community.
     Is one of the penalties of growing old mean that you have seen all these things before, and you know what is likely to be the end result.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2013, 06:46:09 PM
What sort of business was it, Mike? This rings a vague bell.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 03, 2013, 07:54:02 PM
Basically ----- and hush ------ coffee shops.
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Post by: Yorkie on February 03, 2013, 08:01:49 PM
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What sort of business was it, Mike? This rings a vague bell.

I think you might be able to hear Big Ben striking thirteen now!   WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2013, 08:08:16 PM
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Basically ----- and hush ------ coffee shops.
The bell has rung! I'm sure the last time i was in the original branch a few weeks ago, I heard the staff saying that they would be closing shortly...maybe to move to the new branch? As you say, the out of town branch has given up the ghost several months ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 03, 2013, 08:16:59 PM
   Oh, well thats not so bad. Indeed that makes sense. But there was no mention of that in the papers.

    My point, now you have thrown light on it, was, it irritated me to see Bank people strutting around on photographs on what was, by what was stated in the paper, a completely unfeasible business proposition.

    If, indeed this man is consolidating his two small businesses in two towns into one in one town, well thats O.K.

   As I said in the first place, this new site ran very successfully for very many years.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 06, 2013, 09:59:37 PM
Apologies, but I did not know where to place this but Quinton Hazell has gone into administration;

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/06/80-jobs-at-risk-as-mochdre-car-parts-factory-enters-administration-55578-32757177/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/06/80-jobs-at-risk-as-mochdre-car-parts-factory-enters-administration-55578-32757177/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Hugo on February 06, 2013, 10:27:38 PM
That's really bad news for the people working there and also the area in general. Quints has been one of the biggest employers in the area for many years.
I had an evening job there making clutch plates and enjoyed the short time I was there so I just hope that something positive can happen to everyone there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Gwynant on February 06, 2013, 11:08:58 PM
                  That is really sad news. I worked there as a machine toolsetter for 30 years from 1968-1998 and also my wife worked there for 38 years. When I first started there they had upwards of 500 staff working a 3-shift system and also a "twilight shift" in the evenings, and more in the offices and computer department. I still know some of the staff there now, so let's hope something can be done to secure employment on the site. Oddly enough I was attending a funeral over the road from there in the crematorium this afternoon and I was telling a mate of mine who had moved away and I hadn't seen for 50 years that I had spent most of my working life there. Little did I know what was going on inside the factory at the time!   :(
                                                       
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 06, 2013, 11:13:48 PM
Very sad news, over the last 40 years I've fitted many QH parts to cars that I have owned, probably still have some QH parts in stock!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 07, 2013, 08:01:40 AM
My sister and her husband both worked there after leaving school.

About 30 years ago, along with many others, they both moved to the West Midlands when Quints relocated their computer department down that way.

My brother-in-law was made redundant by the Group last year and, fortunately, found employment quite quickly at Rolls Royce in Derby.

Finding similar work in and around Mochdre will not be easy for the present workforce.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2013, 08:22:03 AM
Let's hope a buyer can be found who can keep the business running.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2013, 10:13:44 AM
Not good news!  :(

80 workers redundant in 'bombshell' move at Mochdre car parts factory
By Martin Williams, Business CorrespondentFeb 7 2013

LESS than 24 hours after being told their jobs were under threat, 80 workers at a Mochdre car parts factory have been made redundant.

Staff at Quinton Hazell were given the bad news this morning.

Parent company Klarius, which employs 1,200 people, appointed administrators KPMG yesterday.

QH has been making water pumps for customers such as Opel, Jaguar and Nissan for over 60 years.


Klarius declined to comment, but North Wales Unite union regional officer John Hamilton said: "After a meeting with KPMG today, all 80 employees have been made redundant.

"We are very disappointed because the management, with the support of the workers and Unite, had turned this business around.

"It's because the parent company Klarius had cash flow problems and pressure from the banks.

"The staff are very frustrated and angry. This is a real body blow."

Speaking to the Daily Post yesterday morning, one QH employee described how the workforce were told the company was to go into administration, before being sent home.

"There has been little for us to do for weeks, and management have been coming here less and less frequently. Now we know why," they said.

The Klarius group was billed as the largest European manufacturer of aftermarket car parts and makes 90,000 parts from five manufacturing plants – three in the UK, one in Spain and one in Germany.

Its Mochdre facility played an important role as the centre for testing and manufacturing of water pumps and related engine ancillary equipment.

The site was opened by Eric Quinton Hazell in 1946, manufacturing ball joints and steering components, before being sold to Burmah Castrol in 1972.

At its peak in the 1950s and 60s, QH sold to more than 160 countries worldwide and was the largest independent supplier of automotive parts in Europe.

Mochdre councillor Adrian Tansley said losing it will be a “huge blow” for the village.

“This is a real bombshell, I thought they were on the up and up,” he said.


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/80-workers-redundant-in-bombshell-move-at-mochdre-car-parts-factory-55578-32764022/#.URN8Vt5azfY.twitter (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/80-workers-redundant-in-bombshell-move-at-mochdre-car-parts-factory-55578-32764022/#.URN8Vt5azfY.twitter)
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Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2013, 11:01:55 AM
Piece of good news: HMV are keeping their Llandudno & Bangor stores one. Wrexham is closing, however.



ADMINISTRATORS for HMV today announced 66 stores will close, including Wrexham.

Outlets in Bangor, Chester and Llandudno are safe for now.

The affected stores employ 930 staff. No fixed date is set for the closure and they will continue to trade in the meantime.

However, it is expected that closures will take place over the next one to two months. HMV currently operates from 220 stores in the UK.

Nick Edwards, joint administrator, said: “As part of our ongoing review of HMV’s financial position, we have now completed a review of the store portfolio and have identified 66 loss making stores for closure. This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business’ future as a going concern.

“We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period. All other key stakeholders remain very supportive and I continue to be hopeful of securing a future for the restructured business.”

Nick Edwards, Rob Harding and Neville Kahn were appointed administrators of HMV on January 15.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/hmv-to-close-wrexham-store-but-bangor-and-llandudno-outlets-safe-for-now-55578-32764123/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/hmv-to-close-wrexham-store-but-bangor-and-llandudno-outlets-safe-for-now-55578-32764123/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 07, 2013, 03:31:02 PM
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Not good news!  :(

I guess it very much depends on which side of the border one lives.  :(

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/230-jobs-have-been-saved-at-automotive-1297890#.UROyC6ibXjY.facebook (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/230-jobs-have-been-saved-at-automotive-1297890#.UROyC6ibXjY.facebook)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2013, 04:14:20 PM
The old HSS shop on Mostyn Broadway is to be the Llandudno branch of Crest Co-operative.
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Post by: born2run on February 07, 2013, 04:50:25 PM
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Not good news!  :(

80 workers redundant in 'bombshell' move at Mochdre car parts factory
By Martin Williams, Business CorrespondentFeb 7 2013

LESS than 24 hours after being told their jobs were under threat, 80 workers at a Mochdre car parts factory have been made redundant.

Staff at Quinton Hazell were given the bad news this morning.

Parent company Klarius, which employs 1,200 people, appointed administrators KPMG yesterday.

QH has been making water pumps for customers such as Opel, Jaguar and Nissan for over 60 years.


Klarius declined to comment, but North Wales Unite union regional officer John Hamilton said: "After a meeting with KPMG today, all 80 employees have been made redundant.

"We are very disappointed because the management, with the support of the workers and Unite, had turned this business around.

"It's because the parent company Klarius had cash flow problems and pressure from the banks.

"The staff are very frustrated and angry. This is a real body blow."

Speaking to the Daily Post yesterday morning, one QH employee described how the workforce were told the company was to go into administration, before being sent home.

"There has been little for us to do for weeks, and management have been coming here less and less frequently. Now we know why," they said.

The Klarius group was billed as the largest European manufacturer of aftermarket car parts and makes 90,000 parts from five manufacturing plants – three in the UK, one in Spain and one in Germany.

Its Mochdre facility played an important role as the centre for testing and manufacturing of water pumps and related engine ancillary equipment.

The site was opened by Eric Quinton Hazell in 1946, manufacturing ball joints and steering components, before being sold to Burmah Castrol in 1972.

At its peak in the 1950s and 60s, QH sold to more than 160 countries worldwide and was the largest independent supplier of automotive parts in Europe.

Mochdre councillor Adrian Tansley said losing it will be a “huge blow” for the village.

“This is a real bombshell, I thought they were on the up and up,” he said.


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/80-workers-redundant-in-bombshell-move-at-mochdre-car-parts-factory-55578-32764022/#.URN8Vt5azfY.twitter (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/07/80-workers-redundant-in-bombshell-move-at-mochdre-car-parts-factory-55578-32764022/#.URN8Vt5azfY.twitter)

 :( Sad news, it's getting more like a dark throw back to the 80s as the days go on - John Hamilton the Unite officer is a good friend and colleague of mine, obviously nothing could be done here.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: CamKrist on February 08, 2013, 08:13:51 AM
Similar subject was being discussed at yahoo answers last week. I can post the link if needed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 12, 2013, 01:42:41 PM
I've always said the pedestrianisation of Station Road was a disaster for the shops...

Towns 'should be more accessible', says surveyors group RICS

By Chris Dearden
BBC News


Welsh councils are being asked to look again at pedestrian zones amid concern they are deterring shoppers.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says towns need to find new ways to attract people.

They should make them easier to get to and easier for car drivers to navigate around, it says.

RICS members are meeting this week to discuss what should be done to make town centres more accessible and get more people spending there.

One town the group says could benefit from a review of pedestrianisation is Colwyn Bay.

One of its main shopping streets, Station Road, has been free of traffic since the 1980s.

Philip Arundale says pedestrianisation has been a "big nail in the coffin"
Philip Arundale, who runs a greengrocer set up by his great grandfather there in 1878, has decided to close and concentrate on deliveries instead.

The ban on traffic from his street is partly to blame.

"Pedestrianisation has been a big nail in the coffin," he explained.

"Fruit and veg is heavy. People don't want to be carrying bags of veg to the nearest car park. When cars could come down the street, people just used to pop in.

"We've really campaigned against pedestrianisation the whole time. But now it's too late. It's terribly sad. I've been here all my life, and my father, grandfather and great grandfather before me.

"We'll be carrying on with just one member of staff and focusing just on deliveries - it's a shame."

"It will not put the clock back, but improved accessibility may attract new independent retailers”
Richard Baddeley
RICS member

Richard Baddeley, a surveyor in Conwy county and a member of RICS in north Wales, said towns like Colwyn Bay, Holyhead, Rhyl and Holywell have all had pedestrianised areas for some time, but now need to think of new ways to get people spending.

"Shopping has changed. High streets have changed. There are now out-of-town shopping centres - they're a draw for people," he said.

"One out-of-town shopping centre near north Wales - Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port - has increased its turnover by 22% this year.

"The key issue is accessibility. Small and medium-sized towns need to think about how they attract cars in the future with improved parking and making the shops more accessible.

"It will not put the clock back, but improved accessibility may attract new independent retailers."

Master plan
Conwy council said it looked at whether to reopen Station Road to traffic a few years ago, but almost everyone who replied to the consultation said things should stay as they are.

Anglesey council said it is looking in detail at how many people shop in the centre of Holyhead.

Dewi Williams, Anglesey's Head of Highways and Waste Management, added: "the issue of pedestrianisation in town centres is one which provokes considerable debate.

"While we have no plans to change the current arrangement in Holyhead at the moment, we will be happy to consider the outcome of a public consultation that a local community group are planning on holding in the near future.

"The Holyhead town centre master plan currently being undertaken may also inform us of the benefits of any proposals."
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Post by: Blongb on February 18, 2013, 06:44:12 PM
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A rather colourful shop is in the process of opening in St. Georges Place, next to Caffe Nero. The paint is still wet, as Fester found out when he looked through the door.  :laugh:

Re my comment "I think they've been and gone", I'm pleased to say Dave was right. The Bag shop started trading again last Saturday and is still as colourful as ever.
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Post by: Linda on February 18, 2013, 11:33:59 PM
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I've always said the pedestrianisation of Station Road was a disaster for the shops...

Towns 'should be more accessible', says surveyors group RICS

By Chris Dearden
BBC News


Welsh councils are being asked to look again at pedestrian zones amid concern they are deterring shoppers.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says towns need to find new ways to attract people.

They should make them easier to get to and easier for car drivers to navigate around, it says.

RICS members are meeting this week to discuss what should be done to make town centres more accessible and get more people spending there.

One town the group says could benefit from a review of pedestrianisation is Colwyn Bay.

One of its main shopping streets, Station Road, has been free of traffic since the 1980s.

Philip Arundale says pedestrianisation has been a "big nail in the coffin"
Philip Arundale, who runs a greengrocer set up by his great grandfather there in 1878, has decided to close and concentrate on deliveries instead.

The ban on traffic from his street is partly to blame.

"Pedestrianisation has been a big nail in the coffin," he explained.

"Fruit and veg is heavy. People don't want to be carrying bags of veg to the nearest car park. When cars could come down the street, people just used to pop in.

"We've really campaigned against pedestrianisation the whole time. But now it's too late. It's terribly sad. I've been here all my life, and my father, grandfather and great grandfather before me.

"We'll be carrying on with just one member of staff and focusing just on deliveries - it's a shame."

"It will not put the clock back, but improved accessibility may attract new independent retailers”
Richard Baddeley
RICS member

Richard Baddeley, a surveyor in Conwy county and a member of RICS in north Wales, said towns like Colwyn Bay, Holyhead, Rhyl and Holywell have all had pedestrianised areas for some time, but now need to think of new ways to get people spending.

"Shopping has changed. High streets have changed. There are now out-of-town shopping centres - they're a draw for people," he said.

"One out-of-town shopping centre near north Wales - Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port - has increased its turnover by 22% this year.

"The key issue is accessibility. Small and medium-sized towns need to think about how they attract cars in the future with improved parking and making the shops more accessible.

"It will not put the clock back, but improved accessibility may attract new independent retailers."

Master plan
Conwy council said it looked at whether to reopen Station Road to traffic a few years ago, but almost everyone who replied to the consultation said things should stay as they are.

Anglesey council said it is looking in detail at how many people shop in the centre of Holyhead.

Dewi Williams, Anglesey's Head of Highways and Waste Management, added: "the issue of pedestrianisation in town centres is one which provokes considerable debate.

"While we have no plans to change the current arrangement in Holyhead at the moment, we will be happy to consider the outcome of a public consultation that a local community group are planning on holding in the near future.

"The Holyhead town centre master plan currently being undertaken may also inform us of the benefits of any proposals."
Having worked for many years at 2 shops on Station road,Colwyn Bay and Hubby use to have a business in the bay, i have to agree that no benefit was gained for the traders in the road when it became pedestrianised, just the opposite ,Older folk had problems parking and people had to watch they didnt get knocked down with van drivers speeding through. Also a few years ago when Station road had the revamp, we watched council workmen rip up and skip well established palm trees that would cost you or I hundreds to buy and shrubs all just dumped ,roots destroyed. All to be replaced with grey grey grey and more grey paving etc. Everywhere looked so GREY it blended in with the sky on a winters day. Nothing looked good . I remember there were meetings about reopening the road, but to be honest from what i was told it was a forgone conclusion by the Council to keep Station road pedestrianised. So who ever said folk didnt want the road opened again was either telling porkies or didnt ask enough people what they thought.If the Council ever changed their minds and opened up the road I can only see a vast improvement for the shops that are left and it may bring a little life and character back to the road. Sad though a little too late for some. Also they should have kept vehicle access to the Promenade open,even if it was one way down there, so many visitors dont know the way to the beach.
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Post by: Yelboh on February 21, 2013, 06:54:05 AM
HMV in Llandudno survives a second round of closures - following the first wave of 66 announced closures, a further 36 stores are announced for closure which will leave an estate of only 110.  There is however no indication that this is yet the end of it, but good news so far as it is a prominent unit in the town and provides good jobs.
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Post by: DaveR on February 21, 2013, 08:24:48 AM
A good sign indeed. HMV is a key retailer in Llandudno.  $good$
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Post by: DaveR on March 11, 2013, 05:12:02 PM
'Hotter Shoes' will be opening in the old Stead & Simpson shop in Mostyn St, Llandudno.
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Post by: Blongb on March 11, 2013, 09:16:36 PM
I went into Currys to buy a cooker they had on display and were advertising on their website for £329.99 reduced from £449.99. All went well until I went to buy it. Nil stock in any Currys store anywhere; but don’t worry Sir we have 171 units on order and should be getting them in sometime in the future. Oh no Sir we can’t let you have the display model, it’s not company policy.


So I’m stuck, it’s the model I want, at a price I want to pay but I really do need it now.  Wonderful thing the Internet, I came home started looking online and just by chance found a brand new never been used, exact model I had been trying to buy but now it was only  £225 + delivery from Buywise of Kinmel Bay. Best of all I’ve just had an email saying it will be delivered on Thursday of this week.   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on March 16, 2013, 02:23:07 PM
Can anyone tell me when the chemist at Hoosons corner shut. I am looking for the month and year.
Also she same with the Merrymoon shop on the opposite corner.
I would be very greatful for any help. Thanks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 02:50:51 PM
Hoosons - April 2011
Merrymoon - October 2012

That's a pint you owe me, Cat.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on March 16, 2013, 02:55:54 PM
Thank you very much. twill have to be a milk  as that is all me cows will produce.
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Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 03:13:16 PM
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Thank you very much. twill have to be a milk  as that is all me cows will produce.
:D Maybe a Latte then.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on March 16, 2013, 04:19:29 PM
 $donald$
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Post by: Fester on March 17, 2013, 10:37:04 PM
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Thank you very much. twill have to be a milk  as that is all me cows will produce.
:D Maybe a Latte then.

 ;) ;)
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Post by: wrex on March 18, 2013, 03:33:50 PM
Who is in the old Stead and Simpson,DaveR has missed this one,i could;nt read it from my van.
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Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2013, 04:21:33 PM
 ££$
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Who is in the old Stead and Simpson,DaveR has missed this one,i could;nt read it from my van.
Wrex, please... It's Hotters Shoes, I posted about it last week.  ;)
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Post by: wrex on March 18, 2013, 05:32:01 PM
Never heard of them,but i do apologies im spending to much time on the Wrexham forum with the run up to Wembley very sorry Dave.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2013, 05:37:03 PM
Well, I'd never heard of them either but here they are:
http://www.hottershoes.com/ (http://www.hottershoes.com/)

I hope you have set up a Xmas Lights thread on the Wrexham FC forum at very least...  :laugh:
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Post by: viv on March 18, 2013, 10:46:50 PM
excellent news - stylish shoes with an orthopaedic touch, recommended by podiatrists - several width fittings, under foot comfort - featured on the BBC last year as a progressive and well-managed company - find them on Facebook. Very media savvy and they answer a facebook query even at night! e-catalogues and thriving mail order business with shops only in a few locations across the UK.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 19, 2013, 08:36:09 AM
As far as I know alot of their trade is by mail order which I always feel can be awkward with shoes, so somewhere where they can be fitted before shelling out for them will be good.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 27, 2013, 10:21:48 AM
When is this hotter shop opening,anybody know.
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Post by: DaveR on March 27, 2013, 10:29:47 AM
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When is this hotter shop opening,anybody know.
Looks very close to completion, maybe next week.
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Post by: Blongb on April 03, 2013, 05:34:57 PM
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When is this hotter shop opening,anybody know.
Looks very close to completion, maybe next week.

We’ve just come back from a trip South and whilst away stopped to look at a Hotter shop in Oxford. Very nice shoes but don't expect any bargains. 
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Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2013, 05:09:49 PM
Looks as though the former Merrymoon shop has been let - wonder what is opening there?
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Post by: dwsi on April 16, 2013, 05:58:30 PM
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Looks as though the former Merrymoon shop has been let - wonder what is opening there?

Coffee Shop?  ;D
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Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2013, 06:53:31 PM
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Looks as though the former Merrymoon shop has been let - wonder what is opening there?

Coffee Shop?  ;D
:laugh: Mostyn Estates, as Freehold owner, will not permit a catering outlet there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on April 26, 2013, 09:42:35 AM
I hear Poundstretcher are moving into a larger unit on Mostyn Champneys. wounder if that means the closure of their shop on upper mostyn street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 26, 2013, 11:16:52 AM
Now that is a big shop-- but in a poor state.
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Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2013, 11:42:14 AM
Have you seen that big old staircase at the back of the Poundstretcher shop?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 26, 2013, 12:03:42 PM
No, how much is it?  ;D
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Post by: Nemesis on April 26, 2013, 01:06:27 PM
The shop or the staircase ? ;D

The upstairs used to be good for household items, but it got in a bit of a state, the roof leaked and it made a shocking mess of the carpets. Not long after the public weren't allowed up there any more. Probably a fire risk.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on April 26, 2013, 01:23:45 PM
my money is on another Restaurant and bar to lye empty 6 months of the year
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Post by: wrex on April 26, 2013, 01:25:02 PM
 Nice premises for Dave and Festers coffee,wine bar ,i can see it now,lap dancing upstairs and Dave with his camera and Fester behind the bar giving it all,what a combination.lol
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 26, 2013, 01:43:29 PM
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my money is on another Restaurant and bar to lye empty 6 months of the year

There seem to be about 100 too many bars, cafes etc etc. Surely there are not enough customers to keep them all going?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 26, 2013, 07:25:25 PM
Actually, there are not enough bars.

More bars, including a prestigious chain such as Barracuda or Yates, would make that area a REAL destination for locals, young 'out of towners' and tourists too.  Especially when the new Travel Lodge opens.

The overall effect would be a big uplift in trade for all the bars in the area.  ZXZ

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 26, 2013, 07:55:47 PM
We had  a quick walk in Mostyn Street yesterday and it amazes me how many of these bars etc there are, all very well for the holiday season, but how do they make them pay the other 9 months of the year?
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Post by: born2run on April 26, 2013, 09:26:10 PM
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Actually, there are not enough bars.

More bars, including a prestigious chain such as Barracuda or Yates, would make that area a REAL destination for locals, young 'out of towners' and tourists too.  Especially when the new Travel Lodge opens.

The overall effect would be a big uplift in trade for all the bars in the area.  ZXZ

Wetherspoons is too big - simple as.

If you took all the people in there and dotted them around smaller bars in the town those bars would be packed.

Also the drinks are too expensive (see why people go to wetherspoons above) so people only go out on selected nights
If pubs in Liverpool and Rhyl can afford to charge £1.60 for a pint why do most pubs in Llandudno charge £3.50 and now creeping up and beyond the £4 mark. Even if the pubs who charge £1.60 are only making a 10p profit on their pint - that means the pubs here are all making £2 at least on each pub  &shake& No wonder nobody is out, I like a drink now and again but at those prices and the fact the pubs are dead drinking just isn't worth it. Which is why you'll see my sticking to the soda water at darts Mr Fester  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on April 27, 2013, 09:53:48 PM
Pubs in Rhyl because they are in a deprived area are in receipt of consessions from their brewery if they are tied and if not they have to drop their prices in order to compete with the pubs who are in receipt of consessions IE reduced cost prices.
In LLandudno however you must consider the ratable value of some of these licensed premises and the multiple factor of the U B R. Uniform Business Rate. Then of course there are the exorbitant rents demanded by Mostyn Estates. And of course the council impose restrictions upon licenses which insist on a pub having door security otherwise they are not allowed to open at the weekend. Wetherspoons however sell discounts through some 600 managed houses which in turn give them purchase power. when purchasing their stock at cost price.
I'm sure most pubs in the area would if able to do so would reduce their retail price and fill their pub every night it they could. but unfortunately the bills don't go away.
Look at the Fat Cat , my daughter replied but dad it was heaving on Saturday night, when I told her it had closed down. Simple. The operating costs are simply too high and they have to charge the retail price in order to pay the bills. Irrespective of the Fat Cat chain being free of brewery tie. which means the chain can purchase from whoever they want at a much enhanced discount from other tied pubs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 27, 2013, 10:09:55 PM
We all know that the rent and rates are now slowly starting to kill the town,when a buisness like fat cat ,that we all thought was making money goes its time for the powers that be to start dropping their massive rents and massive rates.Most of us cringe when we see hoosons still empty on such a lucritive position but if you add up all the rent,rates and staffing i bet its enought to put anyone off,hence it sits empty and a horrible site.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on April 29, 2013, 04:39:46 PM
Latest news mmmmm now is this just gossip or reality.
Manor Fine Foods & Wares leaving Upper Mostyn Street and consolidating into their other shop.

Coz if its true I may just open a Bar. Lets face it Poundstretcher will end up as a Bar. I would feel quite cozy with fountains on one side, The London opposite. Poundstretcher as a Bar on the other side and Lord Cooney enterprizes opposite.
We could see who could join the Fat Cat Club Next....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on May 07, 2013, 09:31:03 AM
Both Tesco and Asda now have Wi-Fi in their stores, so you can check your emails while you're shopping!
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Post by: DaveR on May 07, 2013, 10:28:24 AM
Is it their own or The Cloud?
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Post by: Ian on May 07, 2013, 10:44:45 AM
Tesco  is offering their  own, which uses your clubcard no. Asda is pure cloud, i think.
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Post by: DaveR on May 07, 2013, 10:55:03 AM
I like The Cloud, as it's free and there's an iphone app that enables automatic login whenever you come into range - very useful.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 12, 2013, 10:14:41 AM
Any news on Vollams? It has been closed for the last 2 mornings at the usual 'newspaper time' and yesterday all the papers were still piled up on the doorstep at 9.15am.
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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2013, 10:17:36 AM
Quote
I like The Cloud, as it's free and there's an iphone app that enables automatic login whenever you come into range - very useful.

Asda require a mobile 'phone no to use their wi-fi.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 12, 2013, 01:45:21 PM
So it will not work with an iPad then?
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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2013, 02:16:34 PM
Yes, but you need to input your mobile no to register.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 12, 2013, 04:38:33 PM
It has a simcard in it, no idea what it's number is though!
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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2013, 04:55:16 PM
I don't think it matters, as long as you have some mobile no. to which they can send a code, which you then use to register.  Once on, you can use mobile or iPad - whichever you wish.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on May 13, 2013, 12:27:33 PM
In case anyone is getting worried about their credit cards showing 'SACAT M & S Llandudno' SACAT is an acronym for Semi-Attended Cardholder Activated Terminal .  I hadn't noticed it before, but it's now appearing regularly.  Apparently, its use may spread to other self-service checkout shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 01:09:17 PM
I was using the self service machine in M&S yesterday, I think they work rather well.  $good$
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Post by: Yelboh on May 13, 2013, 08:57:03 PM
I am quite a fan of self check outs too, so long as they don't remove consumer choice of a manned checkout too.  I think choice is really important.
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Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 09:50:59 PM
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Any news on Vollams? It has been closed for the last 2 mornings at the usual 'newspaper time' and yesterday all the papers were still piled up on the doorstep at 9.15am.
I had a look, noticed that fridges and coolers were blocking 3 of the 4 doors inside (but maybe they always do?) and two of the glass panels in the doors had been smashed at some point.
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Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2013, 10:02:45 AM
Vollams closed again this morning when I went past at about 7.30.  ???
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Post by: Nemesis on May 14, 2013, 10:04:18 AM

Family problems with the new owners is the local rumour.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on June 19, 2013, 08:37:32 AM
Manor Fine Foods in Upper Mostyn St is closing down, they are moving the business to their other shop in St Georges Place. I enlisted the help of a passing Yorkshireman to take a photo:
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 19, 2013, 09:10:46 AM
I notice Grays Estates have also closed their office next door to Billy Mac's in Augusta Street.
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Post by: wrex on July 02, 2013, 02:56:50 PM
Plenty going on in the old Comet store on Mostyn Champneys,i did read on here Poundstretchers were going there,is this it?.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 16, 2013, 09:03:33 AM
The Sewing Machine Shop in Upper Mostyn Street now has a closing down sale.
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Post by: Linda on July 16, 2013, 10:12:19 AM
Shame that one too I did think about getting my machine serviced when i can. Will look in to see whats going.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 16, 2013, 11:20:48 AM
No lights on when I drove past about 10 mins ago so I shouldn't make a special journey.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 16, 2013, 01:40:25 PM
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The Sewing Machine Shop in Upper Mostyn Street now has a closing down sale.

No sale prices either last night in the windows.
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Post by: Fester on July 17, 2013, 12:28:55 AM
I have never seen anyone in the Sewing Machine shop, nor have I ever known anyone who bought anything from there.

It is one of the many shops in Llandudno that I have been mystified about how they have kept open over the years.

The so called 'Shropshire Oat Cakes' shop, (ex Fruit and Veg, Barbers, Whistle-Stop Cafe...etc.. etc...) is one that I can never understand why it has NEVER opened.   Bizarre.
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Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 07:03:36 AM
I have never seen the Shopshire Oatcakes shop open. Oddly enough, if you do a search on Google, nothing comes up, just references to Staffordshire oatcakes.
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Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 09:51:18 AM
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The Sewing Machine Shop in Upper Mostyn Street now has a closing down sale.

No sale prices either last night in the windows.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 17, 2013, 10:46:43 AM
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I have never seen anyone in the Sewing Machine shop, nor have I ever known anyone who bought anything from there.

It is one of the many shops in Llandudno that I have been mystified about how they have kept open over the years.

The so called 'Shropshire Oat Cakes' shop, (ex Fruit and Veg, Barbers, Whistle-Stop Cafe...etc.. etc...) is one that I can never understand why it has NEVER opened.   Bizarre.

According to the owner of the Oatcake shop she is in disagreement with the council.

Noticed this morning on my way home from Asda that the shop near bog island , could be called Homestyle, is also closing down.

I have shopped at the Sewing Machine shop quite a few times. Their Charlie Bear prices are comparable with the internet.
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Post by: FatAndy on July 17, 2013, 11:42:21 AM
Homestyle seems to close down on a regular basis only to open up again "under new management" the following day.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 17, 2013, 01:03:27 PM
Just what crossed my mind !
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Post by: Big Alan on July 17, 2013, 06:25:31 PM
"Sale ends Sunday, starts Monday!"
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Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 06:52:02 PM
 :laugh: It might really be the end this time for Homestyle; I suspect their lease may finally be up.
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Post by: wrex on July 17, 2013, 07:13:13 PM
It might sound stupid,but i think it needs a few more to close befor anybody starts doing anything about it,as far as i know there are no new shops coming into town,just a few more cafes,so this just might get the councils thinking about some regeneration for Mostyn st.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on July 17, 2013, 07:24:47 PM
The Empty shops syndrome is not confined to Llandudno.  York - an extremely prosperous destination for overseas visitors - has one in three shops closed in their city centre.  Lakeland, curiously, is one group that's expanding, but few are, these days.
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Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 08:17:54 PM
I think Llandudno is faring very well in comparison to many similar sized towns with regards to the numbers of empty shops.
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Post by: Cat Stevens on July 18, 2013, 10:09:43 AM
Sewing machine shop is closing down as a direct result of lack of foot fall on Upper Mostyn St...

What will upper mostyn look like by the winter with the closure of Manor Fine Foods, Pound stretcher. The sewing machine shop and the still empty Hoosons.
Reminds me of a song by cheap Trick.
Think I should stand on Hoosons Corner singing it.
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Post by: wrex on July 18, 2013, 04:38:38 PM
It won;t be long before one of the bars close,there is no nitelife here anymore and there is nothing we can do ,the council refuse to clean up empty shops so it will look awfull.
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Post by: wrex on July 19, 2013, 12:10:35 PM
Poundstretcher sign up on the old Comet
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Post by: Cat Stevens on July 19, 2013, 04:37:28 PM
The Specials - Ghost Town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZ8428GSrI#)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 23, 2013, 03:27:51 PM
Smash & Grab at Searle Optometrists?
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Post by: wrex on August 04, 2013, 04:18:31 PM
A lot of talk about Game re-opening,i hope they are right.
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Post by: wrex on August 07, 2013, 04:27:38 PM
Very busy in the Game store.
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Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2013, 04:00:06 PM
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Very busy in the Game store.
It has reopened as Snowdonia Active outdoor store.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 09, 2013, 06:59:29 PM
They heard how active DaveR is thats why they have opened.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2013, 11:36:32 PM
More than likely, Wrex, more than likely....  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on August 20, 2013, 02:19:32 PM
The Poundworld shop in Colwyn Bay is having a bit of a refit without half the shop about to become "Poundworld Plus" which will offer "bargains" costing more than a quid.  Looks like lots of homeware, cheap electrical goods, kitchen equipment, petfood, etc......in other words the same stuff that Poundstretcher already sell.  Hopefully they'll remember to change the "Everything £1" sign above the door.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 20, 2013, 05:26:01 PM
Just what I thought when I called there this morning, there is going to be much of the same stuff in Poundword, Poundstretcher and Home Bargains, all of which are very close together.
Sad to see another empty shop at the top of Station Road now that the Age Concern place has closed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 21, 2013, 07:51:45 AM
Having just driven through town im gobsmacked nothing is done to clean up the empty shops,towns all over Britain have schemes too improve their town center,what do we have,a talking shop that do nothing.Take a look at the empty shop next to goldsmiths jewlers,its filthy,look at Jessops,everything of none value has just been left for us to look at,town manager,what happened to that little gem,still talking 3 years on.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 21, 2013, 08:10:00 AM
Very true, Wrex, the shop next to Goldsmiths is filthy. Why can't the Town Clerk be asked to phone the owners and request they tidy up the frontage? This is just the sort of thing the Town Councillors could be doing to prove their worth.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 21, 2013, 09:56:35 AM
I see that the Home Style shop or whatever it was called at Bog Island is now re-opening as Busters. Goodness only knows what was cluttering up the pavement when I drove past and this was before 8.30am.
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Post by: DaveR on August 21, 2013, 10:05:24 AM
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I see that the Home Style shop or whatever it was called at Bog Island is now re-opening as Busters. Goodness only knows what was cluttering up the pavement when I drove past and this was before 8.30am.
Are you sure that's not the old sign that they've uncovered, as it used to be called that? I believe its opening as a pet supplies shop?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 21, 2013, 10:09:18 AM
You could be right Dave-- I thought the name was familiar. Wonder if this is true if it will affect Pets at Home and Helen behind Boots?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 21, 2013, 10:17:07 AM
I think it's a branch of Farm & Pet Place, who have expanded a lot in recent years:
http://www.farmandpetplace.co.uk/ (http://www.farmandpetplace.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 21, 2013, 10:27:23 AM
Their next nearest branch is adjacent to McDonalds on the roundabout at Abergele.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 21, 2013, 10:36:34 AM
It's a good move for them. They also have shops at Mold, Llangefni, Wrexham & Ruthin. Head office is in Colwyn Bay at the QH Enterprise Park.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 21, 2013, 11:39:12 AM
It's great news, we currently travel to Abergele for our birdseed!
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Post by: Ian on August 21, 2013, 12:02:31 PM
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It's great news, we currently travel to Abergele for our birdseed!

I've heard of some diets, but that...


 WWW WWW WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 21, 2013, 12:27:52 PM
 :laugh: we have six beaks to feed here, plus numerous wild beaks!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 21, 2013, 01:10:11 PM
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:laugh: we have six beaks to feed here, plus numerous wild beaks!  $good$

I too used to go there for bantam food and substrate for the tortoise. Sadly I now have no beaks left to feed, but Alice the Tortoise is still going strong. So it will be handy to go there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: white rabbit on August 21, 2013, 01:21:36 PM
Can't you go to Helen's Pet
shop behind Boots - I'm sure she would try and get anything for you!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 21, 2013, 05:07:50 PM
With a £7 price diffence for an ultra violet light bulb ?? No not really.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 21, 2013, 05:08:26 PM
Be quick.

The Closing Down sale in the former JJB Sports Retail Unit on Mostyn Champneys has only two (2) more days to go.

Can anyone remember when it started?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 21, 2013, 06:59:17 PM
Wasn't it when they opened?    L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on August 22, 2013, 06:01:24 PM
I heard a little buzz today about someone being interested in the former Parrs premises in Upper Mostyn Street. Possibly for another daytime food outlet.
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Post by: Barbiroli on August 22, 2013, 06:13:45 PM
I spoke to the manageress of the Betws y Coed Cadwaladers today and she said they would not be returning to their former premises in Mostyn Street because the rent and rates are too high,but that they are looking for alternative premises in the town.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 23, 2013, 10:40:04 AM
Alot there will depend if they only want an ice cream outlet or a cafe type of premises. There seem to be alot of cafes where ice creams are sold.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 23, 2013, 11:07:54 AM
Cadwaladars have been moving towards more of a coffee shop concept in recent years. A lot of work was carried out recently on their old premises in Llandudno.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 23, 2013, 02:52:15 PM
Just had a walk round the new Farm and Pet Place-- very bright and clean.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 23, 2013, 03:51:49 PM
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I heard a little buzz today about someone being interested in the former Parrs premises in Upper Mostyn Street. Possibly for another daytime food outlet.

Yes and it will be called Mr B's.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 24, 2013, 01:25:58 PM
I see that the "opening shortly " part of the Oatcake Shop's sign has been re-instated
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Post by: FatAndy on August 24, 2013, 01:40:56 PM
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Be quick.

The Closing Down sale in the former JJB Sports Retail Unit on Mostyn Champneys has only two (2) more days to go.

Can anyone remember when it started?

Sports Direct took over the shop last October and have been running it as a clearance store since then.  It is now closed but the shopfitters are in there today converting into a proper branch of Sports Direct which will no doubt be open within the next few days.  You can't help feeling they've got their timings wrong, having waited ten months they've ended up closing the store for the refit on a bank holiday weekend, d'oh!   Sports Direct also took over the JJB shop in Rhyl but it looks like they've abandoned that one as it's been empty for some time.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on August 24, 2013, 08:11:15 PM
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I see that the "opening shortly " part of the Oatcake Shop's sign has been re-instated

I had a long chat with her this morning Nem and she recons all outstanding problems should be sorted out in about a week's time. So if any of you fancy some fresh baked oatcakes, put your order in now to avoid the rush.   ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 25, 2013, 09:49:26 AM
Thanks B.B. I see there are now sacks of flour or something similar stacked in there. Let us hope that she finally gets the place open before the winter lull sets in. ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 25, 2013, 10:33:52 AM
I don't know if I'm missing something here, but I cant see how a shop that only sells one very niche product can possibly do well?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 25, 2013, 10:48:24 AM
I agree there Dave, didn't want to malign her, but it is also the wrong end of the season to be embarking on raking any money back into a business which I would think could rely heavily on tourism. This Bank Holiday is the last of the year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on August 25, 2013, 11:36:59 AM
I hope she does well.
I miss this shop,
http://totally-locally.co.uk/leek/hidden-gems/leek-oatcake-shop/ (http://totally-locally.co.uk/leek/hidden-gems/leek-oatcake-shop/)
My favourite is with bacon and cheese.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on August 25, 2013, 12:06:32 PM
She’s certainly got bucket full of enthusiasm, I just hope she has the business acumen to go with it.   ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 25, 2013, 12:08:26 PM
Food, glorious food!
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we're in the mood --
Cold jelly and custard!
Peas, pudding and saveloys!
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys --
In-di-gestion!

Food, glorious food!
We're anxious to try it.
Three banquets a day --
Our favourite diet!

Just picture a great big steak --
Fried, roasted or stewed.
Oh, food,
Wonderful food,
Marvellous food,
Glorious food.
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on August 25, 2013, 12:22:13 PM
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Peas, pudding and saveloys!



I think it's Pease Pudding
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 25, 2013, 05:10:04 PM
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I think it's Pease Pudding

Copied and pasted straight from t'internet.  I'll inform them of theoir error and refer them to you!   :D
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Post by: 1_rob_1 on August 25, 2013, 09:20:23 PM
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I'll inform them of theoir error and refer them to you!

Oh dear, no wonder you didnt notice their mistake!!!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on August 26, 2013, 12:10:09 AM
This Forum is beset by Pedants.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 26, 2013, 07:48:28 AM
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I'll inform them of theoir error and refer them to you!

Oh dear, no wonder you didnt notice their mistake!!!   :D

It's the damn iPad, it just cannot speel!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on August 26, 2013, 08:41:09 AM
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Pease pudding, sometimes known as pease pottage or pease porridge, is a term of British origin regarding a savoury pudding dish made of boiled legumes, which mainly consists of split yellow or Carlin peas, water, salt, and spices, often cooked with a bacon or ham joint.

Fascinating.  Didn't know that.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on August 27, 2013, 12:37:01 AM
Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold...... etc, etc.... an old nursery rhyme I recall.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 28, 2013, 09:16:38 PM
Just had a nose on shopproperty and it seems 66 Mostyn st is under offer as are units 46,33a and 31 in the victoria center.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Trojan on September 02, 2013, 06:20:00 PM
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Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold...... etc, etc.... an old nursery rhyme I recall.

...Pease Pudding in the pot, nine day's old.  $dins$
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Post by: Tosh on September 10, 2013, 07:07:20 PM
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Thanks B.B. I see there are now sacks of flour or something similar stacked in there. Let us hope that she finally gets the place open before the winter lull sets in. ££$

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/10-great-things-Stoke-Trent-gave-world/story-19771907-detail/story.html#axzz2e7vJeAF7 (http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/10-great-things-Stoke-Trent-gave-world/story-19771907-detail/story.html#axzz2e7vJeAF7)
The Staffordshire Oatcake or to be even more precise, The Stoke on Trent Oatcake.
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Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 07:20:19 PM
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Thanks B.B. I see there are now sacks of flour or something similar stacked in there. Let us hope that she finally gets the place open before the winter lull sets in. ££$

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/10-great-things-Stoke-Trent-gave-world/story-19771907-detail/story.html#axzz2e7vJeAF7 (http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/10-great-things-Stoke-Trent-gave-world/story-19771907-detail/story.html#axzz2e7vJeAF7)
The Staffordshire Oatcake or to be even more precise, The Stoke on Trent Oatcake.

Number 11 - The Naughty Forty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on September 10, 2013, 11:18:22 PM
It's still not open though...  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 11, 2013, 01:10:52 PM
More ladders have appeared !
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Post by: DaveR on September 11, 2013, 01:45:12 PM
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More ladders have appeared !
It must be due another paint by now, it's been at least a month since it was last done.  :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on September 15, 2013, 12:53:39 AM
I just need to know where asda and aldi are, craft shops as in materials to make things particularly beads, pet shops preferably with good aquarium gear, fishing tackle. Someone mentioned bowling, where's that? 
What's funny is we live in warrington and never go bowling but have huge la bowl all singing all dancing thing. We also have huge 10 screen cinema we've been a couple of times but we go pwllheli every week we're there (1 film shown a week) & the little bowling place.  We have the parr hall but been once in 8 years, I've already clocked Think Floyd is on - anyone know any good babysitter lol!
I think when you have too much choice you just don't bother, too much noise and crowds, we love the little cinema in pwllheli, far better experience :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 15, 2013, 10:12:12 AM
Asda and Aldi are at the top end of the town-- near the new shopping precinct Park Llandudno.

There is a huge craft place on the main street-- just past holy Trinity on the opposite side.

We have Pets at Home, Farm and Pet Place and a small pet shop behind Boots.

Fishing-- by the pier.

Bowling-- next to Iceland on the Mostyn Champneys, same end as Asda etc.

Nearest Cinema Llandudno Junction but small one within THeatre Colwyn Colwyn Bay.

Hope this helps--- Nem :twoface:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on September 15, 2013, 10:24:27 AM
Or if you are really stuck you can try www.yell.com (http://www.yell.com) or Google.      ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on September 15, 2013, 01:53:16 PM
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I just need to know where asda and aldi are, craft shops as in materials to make things particularly beads, pet shops preferably with good aquarium gear, fishing tackle. Someone mentioned bowling, where's that?

These days we tend to meet all our aquarium needs at Rhyl Aquaria (http://www.rhylaquaria.co.uk/ (http://www.rhylaquaria.co.uk/)).  It's a bit of a trek to get to Rhyl but they have a good range of equipment and fish and it's reasonably priced.  They also do "own brand" food which is very competitively priced, it's the only place I'll go to these days for cichlid pellets and sinking granules.  It's just on the outskirts of the town centre and takes a bit finding (it's in a bit of a rough area) but it's way better than Pets At Home for aquarium gear.  There's another place in Rhyl called Seaworld Aquatics which is easier to find but slightly more expensive.  There used to be a place in Colwyn Bay called Erskine Aquatics which closed down ages ago but strangely the shop was never cleared so all the stock is still in there on display gathering dust.  Llandudno has always lacked a proper aquarium shop, Pets At Home has the basics but their aquarium section has shrunk since the shop opened and the other pet shop that used to sell fish has long since closed down.

If you were to go to Rhyl to visit the aquarium shops there's a place on the High Street called "Beads And Findings" which is currently having a closing down sale so it might be worth a visit if you can get their quickly enough - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beadandfindings/142565539160563?sk=wall&filter=12 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beadandfindings/142565539160563?sk=wall&filter=12)

There's also a bloke who sells fishing tackle on Colwyn Bay market (takes place every Tuesday and Saturday).

(I've just realised that I've made it appear that Llandudno has nothing to offer in comparison to Colwyn Bay and Rhyl - this isn't strictly always the case  :roll:).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on September 15, 2013, 04:20:41 PM
If it is fishing tackle you want then there is no better place than:-

FOXON'S TACKLE Ltd
Penrhewl
Lower Denbigh Rd,
St Asaph,
Clwyd
01745 583583
www.foxons.co.uk (http://www.foxons.co.uk)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on September 15, 2013, 04:47:46 PM
Ha think id die if something like that jumped next to the boat!!

Thanks for replies, we're a bit beyond pets at home skill range haha! ..  We have Malawi cichlid, discus, marine, tropical, coldwater and couple of tanks with siamese fighters - 9 in total however will be reducing to cichlid, discus and my siamese (can't part with him) & im undecided on the marine although prob will as i put a LOT of money into that tank and bob the sponge crab gives me endless entertainment. Got 2 tanks full of babies the lfs going to take off us.

Llandudno has its values i know, we love the park on the west prom, now that is a proper park im sure i played on that horse in the 70's!  It was just that bit too far, CB was my cut off point really and we were quite impressed with the new beach and parks and just the general feel of the place :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on September 15, 2013, 04:48:04 PM
Ha think id die if something like that jumped next to the boat!!

Thanks for replies, we're a bit beyond pets at home skill range haha! ..  We have Malawi cichlid, discus, marine, tropical, coldwater and couple of tanks with siamese fighters - 9 in total however will be reducing to cichlid, discus and my siamese (can't part with him) & im undecided on the marine although prob will as i put a LOT of money into that tank and bob the sponge crab gives me endless entertainment. Got 2 tanks full of babies the lfs going to take off us.

Llandudno has its values i know, we love the park on the west prom, now that is a proper park im sure i played on that horse in the 70's!  It was just that bit too far, CB was my cut off point really and we were quite impressed with the new beach and parks and just the general feel of the place :)
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Post by: FatAndy on September 15, 2013, 05:02:30 PM
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Thanks for replies, we're a bit beyond pets at home skill range haha! ..  We have Malawi cichlid, discus, marine, tropical, coldwater and couple of tanks with siamese fighters - 9 in total however will be reducing to cichlid, discus and my siamese (can't part with him) & im undecided on the marine although prob will as i put a LOT of money into that tank and bob the sponge crab gives me endless entertainment. Got 2 tanks full of babies the lfs going to take off us.

Pets At Home have had Malawi's in the past, and possibly still do, but they aren't cheap.  We had some Malawi's once upon a time from Rhyl Aquaria and they were far cheaper than Pets At Home.  If you're after marine fish and equipment then you'll need to visit one or both of the shops in Rhyl which both stock marines.  Although we prefer Rhyl Aquaria they're both very good and both dedicated aquaria shops as opposed to pet shops with a few fish in the back so you'll be dealing with people who know what they're talking about. 

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on September 16, 2013, 12:31:44 PM
£70,000 rent for the old Finneys next to the post office.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yelboh on September 22, 2013, 03:15:02 PM
Not strictly a shop, but couldn't help but notice that lloyds tsb in Llandudno has had its rebrand back to lloyds bank.  All looks jolly smart until you look at the address plaques on either side of the entrance door, and whilst the Welsh version appears correct on the right of the door the English version on the left of the door shows the address as 22 Mostyn ROAD.  You would have thought they might have checked it first! :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on September 22, 2013, 08:44:42 PM
  Rent for Finneys. I'm not being funny, I REALLY don't know.
   What is this rent , annual, monthly, surely cannot be weekly,  and as to daily!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on September 22, 2013, 09:31:17 PM
Annual rent.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on September 23, 2013, 08:32:53 PM
Thanks Andy.  Do they have RO water?  My marine is 180 plus 80 sump and i only have a little unit so may need to run out for some to get it up and running quicker. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on September 23, 2013, 09:04:19 PM
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Thanks Andy.  Do they have RO water?  My marine is 180 plus 80 sump and i only have a little unit so may need to run out for some to get it up and running quicker.

Unfortunately I don't know, we've got a bog standard tropical tank that we fill from the tap (although when I win the lottery a marine tank is top of the list of things to buy along with a Yellow Spotted Boxfish).

The two Rhyl shops both have websites, although one is a bit more detailed than the other.  Neither seem to mention supplying water but it might be worth contacting them.  I used to go in both shops quite a bit when I worked in Rhyl and the people in both shops are very helpful.

http://www.seaworldaquatics.co.uk/articles/about_us (http://www.seaworldaquatics.co.uk/articles/about_us)
http://www.rhylaquaria.co.uk/ (http://www.rhylaquaria.co.uk/)

Hope this helps.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on September 23, 2013, 09:13:51 PM
  Thanks Dave for the Finneys rent answer. I suppose for the square yard area this looks a bargain, but then again its position is certainly not of the best.Mike
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Post by: DaveR on September 23, 2013, 09:14:57 PM
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  Thanks Dave for the Finneys rent answer. I suppose for the square yard area this looks a bargain, but then again its position is certainly not of the best.Mike
If it was on the other side of the street, it would be worth the money...maybe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DVT on September 23, 2013, 09:31:03 PM
Ref tropical fish ... my son has a marine tank and gets all his stuff from the Pancake House (not sure what the fish part is called!) near the Groes Hotel, the road towards Rowen where the otters are.  Last acquisition was a strange eel thing that was white - it started eating all the coral so was taken back and swapped for something a bit less hungry!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on September 23, 2013, 09:43:02 PM
I gave up on the coral, too much care needed then i got shrimps which thought they were very tasty.  Got this little sponge crab called Bob who picks bits of coral polyps and sticks them to his back so he looks kinda funky :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 04, 2013, 11:34:04 AM
66 Mostyn st under offer,the shop next to Town House.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on October 05, 2013, 09:04:13 PM
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Ref tropical fish ... my son has a marine tank and gets all his stuff from the Pancake House (not sure what the fish part is called!) near the Groes Hotel, the road towards Rowen where the otters are.  Last acquisition was a strange eel thing that was white - it started eating all the coral so was taken back and swapped for something a bit less hungry!!!

The place is called Conwy Water Gardens - http://www.conwywatergardens.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=521. (http://www.conwywatergardens.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=521.)

The last time we went was years ago and we found the tropical fish tanks were in an absolutely disgusting state. The water was filthy, the tanks were infested with little snails (not the kind you want in your tank) and a lot of them had dead fish bobbing about in them.  There's no way anyone in their right mind would have introduced any of the fish from there into their tank because they were probably all riddled with disease.  We've never been back, it's not the sort of place you ever find yourself passing by chance, but it might be ok now.  It certainly couldn't be any worse.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2013, 09:15:50 PM
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66 Mostyn st under offer,the shop next to Town House.
$good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on October 05, 2013, 09:28:45 PM
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Ref tropical fish ... my son has a marine tank and gets all his stuff from the Pancake House (not sure what the fish part is called!) near the Groes Hotel, the road towards Rowen where the otters are.  Last acquisition was a strange eel thing that was white - it started eating all the coral so was taken back and swapped for something a bit less hungry!!!

The place is called Conwy Water Gardens - http://www.conwywatergardens.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=521. (http://www.conwywatergardens.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=521.)

The last time we went was years ago and we found the tropical fish tanks were in an absolutely disgusting state. The water was filthy, the tanks were infested with little snails (not the kind you want in your tank) and a lot of them had dead fish bobbing about in them.  There's no way anyone in their right mind would have introduced any of the fish from there into their tank because they were probably all riddled with disease.  We've never been back, it's not the sort of place you ever find yourself passing by chance, but it might be ok now.  It certainly couldn't be any worse.

Andy, I was there just recently, I can confirm that the standards are very high, and lots of employees keeping things clean and impressive.
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Post by: Ian48 on October 08, 2013, 11:02:05 AM
Slightly disappointed to learn that according to the plans submitted to the council for signage, that the large premises beneath Marlborough Place next to the Post Office is to be a British Heart Foundation furniture and electricals store.

Having seen these in other towns, they do look rather like glorified junk shops.  I would have hoped that such a prominent site would get a better quality tenant than that.  I am not against charity shops per se, but there are already a lot in town and the British Heart Foundation already have an existing store.

I for one hope this doesn't come to pass (though it probably will).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2013, 11:15:35 AM
The rent for that unit at one time was something like £120k, so they must either be getting a substantial discount or plan on doing very well there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 08, 2013, 12:13:32 PM
£70,000 onone site,no to second hand shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 08, 2013, 09:04:32 PM
I don;t think a charity shop opposite the Tudno Castle hotel is going to help Mostyn estates with letting the site.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 30, 2013, 03:40:25 PM
66 Mostyn st seems to be back on the open market,the under offer has gone on shopproperty,so as far as i know there are no plans for the 5 empty shops on the main st.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yelboh on October 30, 2013, 05:30:52 PM
Have heard a fairly strong rumour that there is going to be a new cosmetics shop opening in the Victoria centre in november, selling an exclusive French brand amongst others.  Not sure which unit, but could guess at the old neet feet unit being the right footprint.  Understand it is an independent person not a chain and it is their first venture into retail. ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on October 30, 2013, 08:20:20 PM
Yes, good luck to anyone taking on that unit privately. 

Mrs Fester and I ran the rule over it when we opened our business, and it is a great unit.
BUT.... the level of turnover required to make it pay was way above anything that the footfall made viable.

Only national chains should consider rents / rates such as that.... and it would have been 'sleep losing' amounts of investment for us.   ££$ ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 01, 2013, 11:02:00 AM
What happenend to the little bakery in Craig -y-don
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 01, 2013, 12:25:48 PM
Mrs R tells me the bakery in Victoria Street closed down a few months ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 01, 2013, 01:51:12 PM
Very sad Bri,that was the only small bakery we had,i can;t believe there is no trade left for a small independent,unless you want oatcakes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on November 01, 2013, 03:09:47 PM
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Have heard a fairly strong rumour that there is going to be a new cosmetics shop opening in the Victoria centre in november, selling an exclusive French brand amongst others.  Not sure which unit, but could guess at the old neet feet unit being the right footprint.  Understand it is an independent person not a chain and it is their first venture into retail. ££$

The former O2 shop is being refitted and if I remember correctly the signage said "Code Cosmetics".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yelboh on November 01, 2013, 05:30:50 PM
Aha, thanks FatAndy!  That's a strong location.  I suspect they will benefit from body shop footfall, but also suspect cost wise will be more expensive than the neet feet unit.  A bold and confident move.  Sincerely wish them good trading, at least they will be opening at the right time of year.  Great to see a new business having the confidence to invest in our town, as I am sure the shop fit will cost a bit alone!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 01, 2013, 11:46:33 PM
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Aha, thanks FatAndy!  That's a strong location.  I suspect they will benefit from body shop footfall, but also suspect cost wise will be more expensive than the neet feet unit.  A bold and confident move.  Sincerely wish them good trading, at least they will be opening at the right time of year.  Great to see a new business having the confidence to invest in our town, as I am sure the shop fit will cost a bit alone!

I poked my nose in there today, to see if they were selling anything similar to my little shop.
No was the answer, but it looks very good.  They must be very brave to open a cosmetics store right next to Boots who have a massive range.
BUT... my Mrs took a look and said it looks very much like a discounted offer, and they should do well as there is nothing similar locally.... she will be certainly spending in there!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 02, 2013, 07:26:27 PM
   Festr, did u go in in disguise?

   Dont u know u r a familiar face?

   Not recommended, going in to a business rival who has just opened up.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on November 02, 2013, 10:51:53 PM
Which business is festers?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Quiggs on November 02, 2013, 11:18:09 PM
Ref. Bakery in Victoria St. As the proprietors are past retirement age they decided to call it a day ( I believe ! )   ;D
Title: Staffordshire pancake shop
Post by: dingo20 on November 09, 2013, 11:38:00 AM
Open for business on Upper Mostyn street give it a try really nice sandwiches!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 10, 2013, 08:40:56 AM
Oatcakes £1 for 6
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 10, 2013, 09:16:33 PM
The Oatcake Shop has suffered an 'equipment failure' and is closed till Mon/Tue according to a notice on the door.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 11, 2013, 12:26:24 AM
Such a shame, after all that time preparing to open!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on November 11, 2013, 06:34:43 PM
Went to the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for the first time today. We didn't try the tea room or restaurant but had a look around the shop. We thought they were trying to do a similar thing to the Chatsworth Farm Shop in Derbyshire which is excellent.
We were amazed how much car parking there was. Presumably it does get busy in the summer but today it was deserted.
The buildings look as if they have been expensively renovated.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 11, 2013, 06:44:12 PM
Big grant helped!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 11, 2013, 07:01:32 PM
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Went to the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for the first time today. We didn't try the tea room or restaurant but had a look around the shop. We thought they were trying to do a similar thing to the Chatsworth Farm Shop in Derbyshire which is excellent.
We were amazed how much car parking there was. Presumably it does get busy in the summer but today it was deserted.
The buildings look as if they have been expensively renovated.
The shop is pretty expensive, but it's all great quality. The car park was full and the whole place was very busy when we visited back in August.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Linda on November 11, 2013, 08:54:49 PM
We called in last week, enjoyed the honey shop and the info given on all the honey and the cameras were on the bees and hives behind the centre . I bought a jar 4.95 then we went to the deli counter and i bought slice of pork apple and walnut pie 3.75 it was delicious . All expensive but nice for a treat. We left the cafe alone this time around. The chocolates and Xmas gift stuff looked good. Tried some cheeses and were actually shown the herd from which the cheese came from,across the river. I appreciated the fact that the cows were not just crammed in small barns. If you go around past the winery you can peer through the window and watch the cheese being made in the dairy, although hygiene rules that you cant enter of course.
Im afraid i couldnt afford my weekly shop there but good for treats!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on November 11, 2013, 09:16:00 PM
Don't buy the Great Orme beer from the Bodnant Food shop.


They sell it in Morrisons and it's cheaper there  Z**.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Linda on November 11, 2013, 09:45:50 PM
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Don't buy the Great Orme beer from the Bodnant Food shop.


They sell it in Morrisons and it's cheaper there  Z**.

$good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Llechwedd on November 12, 2013, 11:53:08 AM
Yet another nail bar just opened at the shoe shop that was in Madoc Street. ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 04:34:13 PM
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Yet another nail bar just opened at the shoe shop that was in Madoc Street. ???

Could be useful if you need an iron supplement!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 12, 2013, 08:22:06 PM
I rather prefer oats and raisins in a bar ! _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Linda on November 12, 2013, 09:13:26 PM
 _))* think mine would be wine in a bar ,nails get stuck in your throat  :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 28, 2013, 10:39:58 PM
Sadly, the BlockBuster video shop in Colwyn Bay will be closing down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25138767 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25138767)

It is one of four in Wales which will close, due to the administrators being unable to find a buyer for the company.
Sad news for the employees and families in the run up to Christmas.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Linda on November 28, 2013, 11:13:06 PM
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Sadly, the BlockBuster video shop in Colwyn Bay will be closing down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25138767 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25138767)

It is one of four in Wales which will close, due to the administrators being unable to find a buyer for the company.
Sad news for the employees and families in the run up to Christmas.  :(

Just been talking to my nephew just minutes ago, hes has worked for 6 years there as an evening job ,luckily for him he has a good day job in Bangor. Says he is gonna miss the extra. But very sad for those who rely purely on that income. Plus was a great local place for folk to get films that didnt cost the earth. Most people can afford  a dvd player not everyone can have internet to download stuff.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2013, 07:06:03 AM
We mostly find DVDs at car boot sales or ebay, we haven't rented one for many years, probably others have done the same?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 29, 2013, 08:58:38 AM
I think most people now either download films to watch or watch them via PPV on Sky.

I remember the days of racing over to North Wales Video when they had the shop in Vaughan St to rent the latest release on video.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on November 29, 2013, 10:06:24 AM
I buy the DVDs for any film I particularly want, then rip the dvd to our media server. That way, I have both a digital copy and the 'hard' copy.

I won't pay for Sky's rental offerings but I find there's enough on the 'On Demand' section of in Sky Movies.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Linda on November 29, 2013, 12:25:33 PM
The games and consoles were popular in blockbusters, and still pretty busy on the film side. As Fester said before its sad for the staff who
needed their wages before xmas.!  There are a no of dvds still for sale at a couple of quid for anyone interested.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on November 29, 2013, 01:38:51 PM
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I buy the DVDs for any film I particularly want, then rip the dvd to our media server. That way, I have both a digital copy and the 'hard' copy.

I won't pay for Sky's rental offerings but I find there's enough on the 'On Demand' section of in Sky Movies.

The sky film rentals are a rip off - I have sky on demabnd through the internet and netflix and both provide more films then I could possibly watch. I wanted to watch 1984 a few weeks back and sky wanted £3.50 to rent it - Netflix had it free.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on November 29, 2013, 02:52:50 PM
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I remember the days of racing over to North Wales Video when they had the shop in Vaughan St to rent the latest release on video.

I remember when we got our first ever video.  The first film I hired was the 1953 version of War Of The Worlds which we hired from Jubilee Video.  I think I'd gotten the wrong end of the stick because I was disappointed to find that it didn't feature Richard Burton, David Essex and Phil Lynott and the Jeff Wayne soundtrack was also missing  :(.

But I seem to remember that at the time video recordings were extremely expensive to buy, I'm sure it was something like £70-80 to buy a film, so hiring a video was the only sensible option.  These days there are so many cheaper ways to get hold of films it's inevitable that places like Blockbusters will become obsolete.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 29, 2013, 04:32:19 PM
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I remember the days of racing over to North Wales Video when they had the shop in Vaughan St to rent the latest release on video.

Similarly, I remember from 1976 onwards, excitedly rushing down to HMV every time a new Motorhead album was released.

Funnily enough, 37 years on, I'm still doing it!   $good$ $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Minime on November 29, 2013, 11:45:02 PM
Havent rented for ages, we dont have sky but have Netflix which we use most of the time.  I also frequent the cash converter type places to get blurays and 3d bluray.  I buy most of the new kids movies on 3d as they get watched over and over.
I did sign up for blinkbox free trial and balked at the prices.  Wanted nearly 2 quid an episode of a series I could get box sets for 10 quid off amazon
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 16, 2013, 12:10:33 PM
Can somebody please clean thye eggs of the old Timothy Whites window,it looks a disgrace(or Ethel Austins to the young ones),if i was manager of the jewllers next door i would wash it myself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on December 16, 2013, 12:21:47 PM
wrex the council have enough problems making fools of themselves with colwyn pier  _))* and mostyn est don,t care so long as they dont put the wrong windows in oh and paint it the wrong colour , the whole of mostyn st is a mess .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 05:06:52 PM
We went out looking for boots for Erindoors this afternoon, we ended up in Shoe Zone in Mostyn Street, good value but the sales staff seem very miserable and uninterested generally!  &shake& 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 28, 2013, 01:07:03 PM
Always too hot for me in there.!Phew !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 01:06:55 PM
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We went out looking for boots for Erindoors this afternoon, we ended up in Shoe Zone in Mostyn Street, good value but the sales staff seem very miserable and uninterested generally!  &shake&

I got some shoes from there, but my Mrs rolled her eyes at them, as she calls it the 'Plastic Fantastic Shop'
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 29, 2013, 02:25:59 PM
Not being able to run to the realms of some of the local prices, I have had a couple of pairs of 'Cushion Walk' shoes from there, which are Ok if you don't mind either sweaty or permanently cold feet !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on December 29, 2013, 02:49:21 PM
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which are Ok if you don't mind either sweaty or permanently cold feet !

So not quite the epitome of sartorial elegance one might have hoped for, then?

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on January 18, 2014, 04:44:26 PM
Tina Holley the artist is opening a gallery in Augusta Street opposite the old Argyll Hotel on February 5th. It will also be the location for a picture framing workshop. Next door another gallery has already opened.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Hugo on January 18, 2014, 05:42:18 PM
Thanks for that info Jack as Tina Holley is one of my wife's favourite artists.      $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 18, 2014, 09:54:40 PM
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which are Ok if you don't mind either sweaty or permanently cold feet !

So not quite the epitome of sartorial elegance one might have hoped for, then?

 :D :D :D

No not really! :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 22, 2014, 04:00:42 PM
Lights where on in the old Millets when i went passed today,could be just a viewing but we can hope.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on January 23, 2014, 10:01:42 AM
I note that in this week's list of planning applications registered with Conwy CBC, an application has gone in for a new shopfront at the former Jesspos.

So hopefully, despite there not being a definite tenant, it will hope fully soon look a great deal better than it has done lately, with a nice new front.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2014, 12:41:32 PM
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I note that in this week's list of planning applications registered with Conwy CBC, an application has gone in for a new shopfront at the former Jesspos.

So hopefully, despite there not being a definite tenant, it will hope fully soon look a great deal better than it has done lately, with a nice new front.
That's good news, the present aluminium shop front is not very attractive.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 24, 2014, 11:41:52 AM
Do we take it that things are looking up then with the shop situation.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on January 24, 2014, 01:37:40 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2545231/Google-offer-free-taxis-restaurants-casinos-long-promise-spend-money-arrive.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2545231/Google-offer-free-taxis-restaurants-casinos-long-promise-spend-money-arrive.html)

What a brilliant idea this could be for shops and especially pubs and clubs
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on January 24, 2014, 08:54:42 PM
There's an, er, amusing review of the Llandudno Emporium popped up on Yelp (the one submitted by Dunstan B. on 24/01/14).

http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/llandudno-emporium-llandudno?hrid=Dd4C-z-LR6FofwBlwDsdrw (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/llandudno-emporium-llandudno?hrid=Dd4C-z-LR6FofwBlwDsdrw)



Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 24, 2014, 09:05:52 PM
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There's an, er, amusing review of the Llandudno Emporium popped up on Yelp (the one submitted by Dunstan B. on 24/01/14).

http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/llandudno-emporium-llandudno?hrid=Dd4C-z-LR6FofwBlwDsdrw (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/llandudno-emporium-llandudno?hrid=Dd4C-z-LR6FofwBlwDsdrw)

The bloke has only ever made the one post on TA so I would suspect by the tone of it that it is a local competitor and according to his location, lives in Penrhyn Bay!

I've met the Owner and he seems OK to me!
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 25, 2014, 04:51:29 PM
Yorkie,  You may well be correct,.... and I KNOW precisely who.    ;)

Game on!


Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on January 25, 2014, 08:29:52 PM
Go get him Fester  $hands$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bigmurph on January 25, 2014, 09:26:26 PM
You have to laugh at some people, that fella has just made a complete fool of himself, it might be buff.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on January 26, 2014, 10:58:48 AM
  So that's why there are so few posts on the forum at the moment.

  Fester is too busy engaging in small talk with his customers.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 26, 2014, 06:29:32 PM
Not Buff.

It was almost like reading my own appraisal.  Windbag is one of the kinder things I get called on a daily basis, eh Dave?

Andy, may I ask how you managed to come across that obscure review, on the very same day it was posted?  ?{}?
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Post by: DaveR on January 27, 2014, 01:00:34 PM
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Windbag is one of the kinder things I get called on a daily basis, eh Dave?
I would not dream of going so easy on you....  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 27, 2014, 03:02:12 PM
DaveR you are loosing your touch,normally by now you would have told us who was going in Jessops
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on January 28, 2014, 09:31:13 AM
Losing your touch ! ? I should say so-- Vollams closed down a fortnight ago and is in the hands of St David's according to the sign in the door.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on January 28, 2014, 02:19:29 PM
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Andy, may I ask how you managed to come across that obscure review, on the very same day it was posted?  ?{}?

You've caught me out.  I am Dunstan, but only when there's a full moon  WWW.


p.s. I wouldn't disagree that Yelp is an obscure site but according to my profile I've got 341 reviews on there, although I have got a good excuse for that 8).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 28, 2014, 03:25:13 PM
Andy, the only 'good reason' for having posted 341 reviews on such a site, is if they pay you £100 per entry.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on January 29, 2014, 08:34:02 PM
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Andy, the only 'good reason' for having posted 341 reviews on such a site, is if they pay you £100 per entry.  :laugh:

I didn't get £100 per review but over the years I got an iPod Shuffle, a £50 Amazon voucher, and iWoot voucher (can't remember how much that one was for), two photos of my choice turned into oil paintings by an artist called Garth Bayley, a t-shirt, a couple of mugs, a frisbee, a memory stick, a shopping bag and bag of Haribos and a cuddly toy.  I also got quite a few invites to parties and other exciting events, unfortunately as they were all held in London, and on one occasion in Pembrokeshire, I never got to go to any of them  :(.

n.b. I've just had a look at Garth Bayley's websites and some of his paintings are priced at £800+ so maybe one day in years to come my two bespoke paintings might be worth a bob or two and I might just end up getting that £100 per review  D).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on January 30, 2014, 12:14:07 PM
What a review!!! Did you not also tell him how you've played over a thousand games of football? :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on January 30, 2014, 02:19:52 PM
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What a review!!! Did you not also tell him how you've played over a thousand games of football? :P


Don't you mean Scrabble?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 30, 2014, 02:56:46 PM
No, subbuteo.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 30, 2014, 05:14:07 PM
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What a review!!! Did you not also tell him how you've played over a thousand games of football? :P

A conservative estimate B2R, hence the reason for my arthritic knees and lack proliferation of scar tissue!

A long and undistinguished career, for someone who was never any good at the game.  :( :(

The pain is really not worth it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 31, 2014, 01:02:48 PM
We walked into Llandudno this morning, before it started raining, and visited the Fragrance Shop in the Victoria Centre around 10.20am where Mrs R purchased two bottles of perfume for a total amount of £43.98.

We then walked out of the shop, turned right and passed Thorntons and Badgers Café but outside the Ham Bone food stall, I noticed a pile of leaflets advertising the Fragrance Shop and a daily 20% discount on items purchased between noon – 2pm.

What would you do?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on January 31, 2014, 01:07:29 PM
take them back go for a coffee and go back after 12 , ?{}?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 31, 2014, 01:50:40 PM
norman08, were you following us?   $good$

It was worth nearly £9. :o

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on January 31, 2014, 08:24:59 PM
Sounds like a strange marketing ploy?  A time-bound discount!
Almost like 'happy-hour' in a pub for cheap beer.

If the Fragrance Shop can make a profit at the prices offered after 12 noon,  then they will still make the same profit at 11.30am.

Most odd.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 02, 2014, 11:15:43 AM
I totally agree, Fester.

The Sales Assistant informed us it is advertised up in the Car Park and at various places in the Victoria Centre.

However, it is not advertised in or outside their shop.

http://www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/Happy-Week-shop.aspx (http://www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/Happy-Week-shop.aspx)

A very strange way to do business.

.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 02, 2014, 05:31:19 PM
The Animal shop in Mostyn St has closed down.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on February 02, 2014, 06:03:25 PM
If you've got a smart phone and you're on O2 keep an eye out on O2 Priority Moments as the Fragrance Shop quite often have offers on there (as do Body Shop).  There's no cosmetic/perfume offers at present but you can get a free can of de-icer from Halfords and a free hot drink from Caffe Nero.

p.s. The 20% lunchtime offer at the Fragrance Shop isn't new, Mrs FA has mentioned this several times in the past.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 03, 2014, 11:41:59 AM
Thank you for the info but, unbelievably, I have not yet found a need for a smart phone and I have also been with Orange using the same mobile number for the past 16 years.

However, I am now a 'friend' of the Fragrance Shop on Facebook and Mrs R has signed up to receive offers by e-mail.

It is good to hear there are regular lunchtime offers with the Fragrance Shop because they usually offer competitive prices even without their Happy Hour.

What I still cannot understand is the fact that they did not advertise their Happy Hour either inside or outside their local shop but someone took the trouble to advertise their promotion in other places inside the shopping centre.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on February 04, 2014, 06:00:19 PM
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The Animal shop in Mostyn St has closed down.

"Three Animal stores have closed across North Wales after the operator went into administration.

The action sports clothes stores in Wrexham, Bangor, and Llandudno have shut as part of seven closures after Clubsport (Kington) Ltd entered administration.

The store in Chester has also closed. It has seen 47 people lose their jobs.

Clubsport operated 12 stores on licence from Animal to use their products.

Five stores, including those in Aberystwyth and Carmarthen, have been bought by Clubsport (A New Beginning) and will remain trading.

Animal have not yet responded to an enquiry from the Daily Post.

One worker made redundant said: “Basically, they shut all the stores without any notice, not even a week. They came in and just stripped everything.

“I think it's disgusting the way we have all been treated without so much as a formal apology.”

Charles Titmus, a spokesman for BDO LLP, which is acting as administrator, said that the stores that were not performing profitably were closed in order to save the remainder of the shops.

He said that 45 jobs had been saved while 47 staff had been made redundant
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/three-animal-clothes-stores-close-6671768 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/three-animal-clothes-stores-close-6671768)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 04, 2014, 06:41:29 PM
Not good news as we are supposed to be coming out of the resession,nothing we can do about it thought,sorry for the youngsters who worked there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: jemima on February 19, 2014, 08:16:57 PM
Just been watching "Pound Shop Wars" on BBC1 - about Poundworld - with the Colwyn Bay store being one of the stores featured.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 09:39:14 PM
The Kitchen shop has closed down a couple of weeks ago, set if rumors are true to be taken on by Parisellas Ice Cream.  A kitchen shop is too open acrioss the road in what is now Scribble.  Edwards butchers are having a complete refurb and will be closed for two weeks shortly.  Red Lion buildings have been renovated (was an eyesore for years on Conwy Square) I was told a shop called His and Hers is going there? On the down side the A and K clothes shop is up for rent and the Surf shop is closing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 20, 2014, 08:47:45 AM
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Just been watching "Pound Shop Wars" on BBC1 - about Poundworld - with the Colwyn Bay store being one of the stores featured.

Did you take in the bit about someone trying to steal £60.00 worth of stuff ? Possibly not the C. Bay store, but someone must have had a big bag to stuff £60.00 worth of stuff in ! :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 20, 2014, 09:28:51 AM
Razor blades as opposed to boxes of tissues?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 20, 2014, 11:11:34 AM
Smaller-Yes, perhaps flower pots wouldn't be good :o I liked the way they used smileys to blot out the faces of the shoplifters. Different to the usual blurring.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on February 20, 2014, 07:00:56 PM
Poundworld in Colwyn Bay has a "Poundworld Plus" section where all the goodies cost over a pound.  This includes things like hairdryers, toys, home decor, etc.  It's located right at the back of the store well away from the tills.  I'd imagine it would now be quite easy to shoplift £60 of goods from there (not that I've tried).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 20, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
There was a man who had worked at a factory for twenty years. Every night when he left the plant, he would push a wheelbarrow full of straw to the guard at the gate.

The guard would look through the straw, and find nothing and pass the man through.

On the day of his retirement the man came to the guard as usual but without the wheelbarrow.

Having become friends over the years, the guard asked him, "Charlie, I've seen you walk out of here every night for twenty years. I know you've been stealing something. Now that you're retired, tell me what it is. It's driving me crazy."

Charlie simply smiled and replied, "Okay, it was wheelbarrows!"
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on February 20, 2014, 08:07:14 PM
nice one yorkie  _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 21, 2014, 08:28:57 AM
His name wasn't Johnny Cash was it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2014, 12:12:12 PM
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There was a man who had worked at a factory for twenty years. Every night when he left the plant, he would push a wheelbarrow full of straw to the guard at the gate.

The guard would look through the straw, and find nothing and pass the man through.

On the day of his retirement the man came to the guard as usual but without the wheelbarrow.

Having become friends over the years, the guard asked him, "Charlie, I've seen you walk out of here every night for twenty years. I know you've been stealing something. Now that you're retired, tell me what it is. It's driving me crazy."

Charlie simply smiled and replied, "Okay, it was wheelbarrows!"
 :D

Nice! That was in an only fools an horses episode with Grandad as the security guard - but in that instance it was suitcases
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 21, 2014, 01:10:12 PM
I see from the Weekly News that the lady from Betty's Fabrics is retiring.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 21, 2014, 02:07:41 PM
At the moment its all shops closing,we thought the recession was over unfortunatley Llandudno has gone the other way fast,with the lose of Animal,both Manor food shops now Betty;s fabrics i think that is 10 empty shops in Mostyn st(and Upper) not sure how many in the precinct and one empty unit on Mostyn Champneys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 21, 2014, 10:15:18 PM
I was just thinking the same Wrex,  the recession being over is a Govt fuelled FALLACY.   Complete lies.

Every time a Govt gets past the half way point in its term of office.... they have to pretend that things are on the mend or they will not be voted back in at the next election!

The Pier shops are a perfect microcosm, a barometer if you like, of the current 'upturn'

Four of the 20 units have been vacated, as they could not make a living, (even in a decent weather year)
Two of them are re-opening with ideas that can only be described as 'hopeful',  the others are being advertised for rent.

In Mostyn Street and Upper Mostyb Street I see no real signs of improvement.... quite the opposite in fact.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on February 22, 2014, 07:47:50 AM
Quote
Every time a Govt gets past the half way point in its term of office.... they have to pretend that things are on the mend or they will not be voted back in at the next election!

Indeed. Wonder why so many don't understand that?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on February 22, 2014, 05:36:54 PM
There was a delivery of building materials being taken into the former Escape sports shop in Upper Mostyn Street this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 23, 2014, 07:39:04 AM
Ice cream parlour FatAndy
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 23, 2014, 08:53:47 AM
Any idea what kind ? Could do with something like Cadwallader's was.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 23, 2014, 08:58:53 AM
Suprise,suprise a Alice in wonderland themed parlour,just a shame they have NO museum to go with it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 23, 2014, 01:11:37 PM
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Suprise,suprise a Alice in wonderland themed parlour,just a shame they have NO museum to go with it.

Owned by a really nice young couple, (probably no more than mid 20's) whom I met on the pier last year.

They are putting a lot into this, first time in business, and I wish them every success.

I also gave them a card for this Forum, as I told them there is a wealth of information and advice here.  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yelboh on February 23, 2014, 09:30:23 PM
Really not sure if I have got the wrong end of the stick, or if I am right whether everyone already knows it, but I believe I heard Betty's fabrics is to be cadwaladers
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 23, 2014, 09:55:27 PM
Not heard that one,will get DaveR on it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 24, 2014, 08:30:46 AM
Sad to see yesterday that the Pottery Shop in Betws is finishing. Also that Y Bedol in Tal-y Bont is for sale.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cambrian on February 24, 2014, 08:43:44 AM
The National Trust Wales Regional office in Trinity Square is available for letting or purchase - "due to relocation". The NT is one of the few - if only - Wales body to have  an HQ outside the Cardiff area (Remember the FAW being moved from Wrexham to Cardiff a few years ago ?).  The NT website makes no mention of this move - anyone know what's going on ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 24, 2014, 10:04:17 AM
Apparently, the NT will be relocating from Llandudno to Penrhyn Castle and the Ysbyty Estate near Betws-y-Coed.

Sounds like downsizing, if you ask me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: suepp on February 24, 2014, 01:21:55 PM
sounds like common sense to me, why have a separate office when there are so many huge buildings with empty rooms available!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 24, 2014, 07:16:37 PM
  Nemesis, a pub for sale is not news.  What is news is a pub that still appears to be trading.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 24, 2014, 09:31:26 PM
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Apparently, the NT will be relocating from Llandudno to Penrhyn Castle and the Ysbyty Estate near Betws-y-Coed.

Sounds like downsizing, if you ask me.

As Penrhyn Castle is an NT property, it will be cheaper renting from themselves!  Save my Annual Membership increasing!    :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 25, 2014, 11:32:55 AM
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  Nemesis, a pub for sale is not news.  What is news is a pub that still appears to be trading.

Sorry Mike-- 'twas still open though.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 25, 2014, 02:38:15 PM
Two things :-

I was told yesterday that the old Jessops is to be a Pound shop. Anyone else heard this? Or is someone spreading fairy tales?

Can anyone tell me what the Hope House Shop (which is between the Shoe Shop and the Betting Shop opposite the Town Hall) was before Hope House took it over? There was quite a debate in there yesterday and no-one could remember.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 25, 2014, 03:13:58 PM
Nemesis it has been in the planning so something is going there and i heard that Mostyn estates do want Cadwaladers in Bettys fabrics as someone did say.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 25, 2014, 03:26:54 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the Hope House Shop (which is between the Shoe Shop and the Betting Shop opposite the Town Hall) was before Hope House took it over? There was quite a debate in there yesterday and no-one could remember.

From memory, there used to be a television retail sales shop, Weatherwear and also Nadins in the past between the Dry Cleaners and the Betting Shop.

Sorry but I cannot remember which shop was where exactly.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on February 25, 2014, 03:37:14 PM
 _))*not another pound shop , the charity shop in the old finneys taking a while to open ,  wasn,t the shop in lloyd st a hairdressers .wish they would tidy the old timothy white shop up looks a right mess
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 25, 2014, 03:46:36 PM
where was manweb shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 25, 2014, 04:23:53 PM
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where was manweb shop

Lloyd Street opposite the Town Hall, if I remember correctly.
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on February 25, 2014, 04:30:13 PM
The Hope House shop was Clark's shoes.  It moved next door when the British Gas shop was sold and the shop was done up.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on February 25, 2014, 05:53:43 PM
manweb was on mostyn broadway ,where crest is now .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 25, 2014, 06:41:12 PM
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manweb was on mostyn broadway ,where crest is now .

Did they not also have  retail showroom in Lloyd Street.  I remember buying an electric fire from them.  I think people also went there to pay bills etc.  That was in 1987 when we moved to the town, so it was a while ago! 
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cambrian on February 25, 2014, 07:00:11 PM
Manweb also briefly had a shop in Mostyn Street in the retail development where Victoria Centre is now. From memory it was next door to Curry's.  The Lloyd Street area also had a Singer Sewing machine shop - it was always a joke that the manager of Gas went to be the manager of Singer next door!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 25, 2014, 07:04:07 PM
Manweb did move from Mostyn Broadway to next door to Llandudno Library in the old Telefusion shop.

That must have been well over over 20 years ago because Bootes on Broadway were in that building on Mostyn Broadway when we had the floods in 1993.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 25, 2014, 07:41:12 PM
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The Hope House shop was Clark's shoes.  It moved next door when the British Gas shop was sold and the shop was done up.

That is what was suggested yesterday, so confirms it. Thanks. The back of the shop still belongs to the shoe shop next door, I believe it is L shaped and the childrens dept is behind our back wall ! Hence why we swelter in summer !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 25, 2014, 09:22:08 PM
WG Gifts at 1 Mostyn St is closing down at the end of March, the stock is being moved over to the parent William Glover furniture shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 26, 2014, 07:48:39 AM
Any good news DaveR.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2014, 08:20:50 AM
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Any good news DaveR.
The Sun is shining today!  $sunny$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 04, 2014, 11:21:20 AM
So nice to see the old Ethel Austin getting a spruce up it was the worse looking out of all the empty shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on March 04, 2014, 07:54:12 PM
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Any good news DaveR.
The Sun is shining today!  $sunny$

out of whose rear end?  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 05, 2014, 06:56:18 AM
Who has upset DaveR,we have had no updates,no news,please come back Dave all is forgiven even Oscar cannot see beyond Alice in blunderland.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 05, 2014, 01:07:11 PM
Betty's Wool and Fabric shop looked almost empty as I drove past this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 06, 2014, 07:53:47 AM
The old Ethel Austin shop looks a lot smarter now:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 06, 2014, 11:50:58 AM
Wrex will be pleased as the egg splattering has finally been cleaned off the window.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: llandudnotrust on March 06, 2014, 04:04:48 PM
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The old Ethel Austin shop looks a lot smarter now:
People working on it before eight yesterday morning. Hope its a new tenant
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 06, 2014, 07:47:32 PM
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The old Ethel Austin shop looks a lot smarter now:
People working on it before eight yesterday morning. Hope its a new tenant

I asked the guys who were doing the clean up if it was for a new tenant. They said no, it was for the Landlord, to make the place more appealing.

However I have been told by a very good source that the empty premises between Gareth Roberts and the Gold Shop will be opening in 5 to 6 weeks as a Specialty Bakers, something to look forward to.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 15, 2014, 06:11:50 PM
Defo work going on in the shop now ,so your info looks good.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on March 15, 2014, 08:50:51 PM
is that where the cup cake shop is going that iv,e heard about
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 16, 2014, 11:06:39 AM
Scaffold has gone up so that is a good sign.I was told that the shop next to Tiffanys in Chapel St is to be a cafe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 16, 2014, 07:24:49 PM
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is that where the cup cake shop is going that iv,e heard about
Yes Norman I've heard talk of cup cakes too :__)+
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 17, 2014, 09:59:33 AM
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Scaffold has gone up so that is a good sign.I was told that the shop next to Tiffanys in Chapel St is to be a cafe.

Do you mean the Chippy Wrex?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on March 17, 2014, 01:34:33 PM
It appears that there's a game of musical shops taking place in Colwyn Bay at the moment.  Clwyd Textiles are relocating from their currect shop at 16 Conwy Road to 79 Abergele Road.  79 Abergele Road is currently occupied by The Curtain Shop who are relocating to 41 Abergele Road which is currently occupied by Perfect Dreams.  Rooms and Blooms who vacated 80 Abergele Road last year appear to be opening a new shop at 15 Abergele Road in the old Eternal Flame Fireplace shop.  Eternal Flame have relocated to Mochdre and 80 Abergele Road has been occupied by the Green Room Jazz Cafe (nice).  The St. Kentigern Hospice shop on Seaview Road has moved from it's old premises....into the premises next door.  Bargain Booze have closed their shop at 44 Abergele Road following the opening of their new shop at 14 Abergele Road.  Hippo Toys have closed their shop on Conwy Road and relocated to Mochdre, Buckles & Laces shoe shop has a closing down sale on and the old Linneys shop on Abergele is now occupied by a mattress shop.  I think that's it!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 17, 2014, 04:06:07 PM
Hairdressers Nem
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 17, 2014, 06:46:24 PM
Thanks Wrex. :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 17, 2014, 08:45:19 PM
BishPots Pantri will be opening shortly in St. Georges Place, in the old Manor Kitchenwares shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on March 18, 2014, 08:51:46 AM
Doing or selling what please?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2014, 09:04:57 AM
Locally made Produce, Gifts etc.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 21, 2014, 02:04:38 PM
Only two properties under offer at the moment on shoproperty are the new bakery shop next to Sainsburys and one in the Victoria center.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian48 on March 21, 2014, 02:47:38 PM
Does anyone know anymore about this bakery?  Could be a really nice addition to the street if it's a local, quality outfit.  Much as I love it, it would be nice to have something different from a Greggs-type place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 21, 2014, 07:03:46 PM
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Does anyone know anymore about this bakery?  Could be a really nice addition to the street if it's a local, quality outfit.  Much as I love it, it would be nice to have something different from a Greggs-type place.

All I've heard is it will be a six to eight week wait whilst the shop is refitted and it will be nothing like Greggs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 22, 2014, 11:34:14 AM
This flyer was just pushed through our letterbox.

Sorry if it looks crooked.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on March 22, 2014, 11:42:46 PM
Interesting post from an Ad free member !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2014, 09:25:55 AM
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Does anyone know anymore about this bakery?  Could be a really nice addition to the street if it's a local, quality outfit.  Much as I love it, it would be nice to have something different from a Greggs-type place.

All I've heard is it will be a six to eight week wait whilst the shop is refitted and it will be nothing like Greggs.
I have been trying to persuade Pret A Manger to open in Llandudno.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 25, 2014, 10:57:18 AM
Does;nt it all go by population with these big firms.Mostyn estates and the Clarence should also be looking for tennants DaveR.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 25, 2014, 08:14:57 PM
Never mind Pret A Manger this shop will be run by a local Lady who will be baking fresh produce on the premises on a daily basis, which will also keep local money local.

PS No she doesn't have any connection with Staffordshire Oatcakes which is now up and running further up Mostyn Street.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: titus22 on March 26, 2014, 07:28:59 AM
Pret's greatest contribution to sandwichdom is the mature cheddar and pickle (chutney) sandwich.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on March 26, 2014, 09:24:26 AM
I like the way they do the single pack sandwiches and my favourite is the prawn and avocado. The banana cake is good too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 26, 2014, 10:14:50 AM
Pret is a high quality business, we always have lunch there when in Chester. All their food is made on the premises. It would be a real asset to Llandudno, I shall be suggesting some potential units to them.

http://www.pret.com (http://www.pret.com)
Title: Looking Glass
Post by: dingo20 on March 27, 2014, 08:39:58 AM
Good luck to The Looking Glass shop looks good and it might revitalise Upper Mostyn street. I hope they applied for Conwy CBC grant which looks like they might get.
Title: Re: Looking Glass
Post by: DaveR on March 27, 2014, 08:54:24 AM
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Good luck to The Looking Glass shop looks good and it might revitalise Upper Mostyn street. I hope they applied for Conwy CBC grant which looks like they might get.
Yes, let's hope it is a success. I just wish they would consider getting rid of those horrible metal shutters on the windows that were there when they moved in - I didn't think they were allowed in a Conservation Area anyway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Barbiroli on March 30, 2014, 05:43:00 PM
Had a trip to The Looking Glass ice cream parlour in Upper Mostyn Street this afternoon with my daughter and grandson.We were very impressed;it was very busy and the Alice in Wonderland inspired décor was lovely.
The selection of ice creams and sorbets made on the premises with Welsh ingredients was mouthwatering.My grandson had a jam tart flavour ice cream and said it was the best ice cream he'd ever tasted! Can't wait to go back there soon and try their other flavours. :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 01, 2014, 11:48:15 AM
Red Cross shop next to Peacocks is under offer,interesting.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 01, 2014, 03:11:13 PM
Would that be just the shop or the whole building?

Any news on the BHF's furniture shop? All seems somewhat dead looking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 15, 2014, 07:58:36 PM
Work going on inside Jessops and the cups n cakes shop looks nice.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Cat Stevens on April 15, 2014, 09:35:22 PM
BHF shop are still advertising for a retail manager
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 16, 2014, 02:17:32 PM
The new bakery near Sainbury's has got its signs in place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 16, 2014, 09:56:17 PM
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Red Cross shop next to Peacocks is under offer,interesting.

Red Cross??   That reminds me of the flag of Switzerland for some reason...    :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 25, 2014, 03:23:03 PM
Jessops coming on well,still no hint from DaveR what is going there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 25, 2014, 03:45:24 PM
I see the two shops in theTudno Castle(Tudno Point) have appeared on shopproperty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 25, 2014, 05:05:50 PM
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Jessops coming on well,still no hint from DaveR what is going there.

I thought they may simply be tidying up the inside to help find a new tenant.

I seem to remember the owners of the former Discount Book Store/ Ethel Austin shop next door to Poundland did just that a few months back.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 26, 2014, 12:13:07 PM
The shop selling second hand goods near Wetherspoons appears to have closed !!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 27, 2014, 08:05:26 PM
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The shop selling second hand goods near Wetherspoons appears to have closed !!
Wasn't that the shop where the victim of a burglary found some of their possessions on sale?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 28, 2014, 08:29:59 AM
So I heard.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on April 28, 2014, 09:06:26 AM
is that the shop owned by margaret lyons ,also owns the flats above no wonder stolen stuff was found there .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on May 06, 2014, 08:42:25 PM
Exciting new store coming soon to the old Dreams on Mostyn Champneys,looks like a fashion store for ladies.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on May 07, 2014, 07:49:46 PM
Come on you lot,looks like a womens fashion store,someone must have an idea who is coming too Dreams,maybe Matalan,help
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on May 07, 2014, 10:44:15 PM
Well, I've heard that Primark (predominantly ladieswear) is coming to Parc Llandudno,   part of the current BHS store being redeveloped to house it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on May 08, 2014, 07:39:01 AM
They have taken over a lot of BHS stores Fester.Thank Mrs Fester again for me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on May 08, 2014, 08:32:15 AM
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Well, I've heard that Primark (predominantly ladieswear) is coming to Parc Llandudno,   part of the current BHS store being redeveloped to house it.

Hope so !!!
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Post by: DaveR on May 08, 2014, 02:02:05 PM
Primark tend to take over the lease of BHS stores that arent performing. AS Llandundo isn't that large a store, I would expect BHS to disappear completely if Primark do come. No great loss, I know!
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Post by: wrex on May 08, 2014, 03:07:00 PM
DaveR you need to do a bit more digging into the old Dreams showroom.I don;t think you have got your mind on your responsibilitys,im nosey and need to know.Can;t find any jobs advertised,no mention on Matalan site.
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Post by: Fester on May 08, 2014, 07:19:08 PM
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Primark tend to take over the lease of BHS stores that arent performing. AS Llandundo isn't that large a store, I would expect BHS to disappear completely if Primark do come. No great loss, I know!

As I understand it, the upper floor mezzanine of BHS which is currently the cafe, will be extended across the whole building to become a full upper floor.... and that will become the Primark store.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 10, 2014, 02:22:28 PM
I don't claim to know much about fashion (quite the opposite in fact) but having seen the sign outside the old Dreams shop my guess is that it will be H&M. 
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Post by: Yorkie on May 10, 2014, 05:00:12 PM
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As I understand it, the upper floor mezzanine of BHS which is currently the cafe, will be extended across the whole building to become a full upper floor.... and that will become the Primark store.

It seemsthat someone has realised there are too many cafes in the Town!   $drink$ $drink$

I can only imagine one coffee swigging Member crying over the loss.    :D
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Post by: FatAndy on May 10, 2014, 07:56:21 PM
BHS is currently ranked 142 of 153 out of all the restaurants in Llandudno on TripAdvisor.  And it's only as high as number 142 because 11 places are either unranked, have never been reviewed or have closed down.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190724-d3487896-Reviews-BHS_Restaurant-Llandudno_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190724-d3487896-Reviews-BHS_Restaurant-Llandudno_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html)
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Post by: DaveR on May 11, 2014, 05:05:49 PM
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As I understand it, the upper floor mezzanine of BHS which is currently the cafe, will be extended across the whole building to become a full upper floor.... and that will become the Primark store.

It seemsthat someone has realised there are too many cafes in the Town!   $drink$ $drink$

I can only imagine one coffee swigging Member crying over the loss.    :D
I certainly wouldn't go anywhere near the BHS cafe....  $good$
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Post by: Yorkie on May 11, 2014, 05:09:59 PM
DaveR wrote: I certainly wouldn't go anywhere near the BHS cafe....  $good$

Nor would I after my one and only visit!   But I was not actually referring to your good self!  He or she knows who they are!   $drink$
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Post by: wrex on May 11, 2014, 08:46:17 PM
I will have to ask Oscar about this new store on Mostyn Champneys,with only one guess from Fatandy as to who it maybe standards are dropping. :laugh:
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Post by: Fester on May 11, 2014, 09:30:11 PM
I have been in the BHS cafe on several occasions.

I have had the shepherds pie,  the excellent fish and chips.... and several coffees.   I thought it was pretty good actually.
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Post by: DaveR on May 11, 2014, 10:10:07 PM
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I have been in the BHS cafe on several occasions.

I have had the shepherds pie,  the excellent fish and chips.... and several coffees.   I thought it was pretty good actually.
It would seem you were the lucky one!
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190724-d3487896-Reviews-BHS_Restaurant-Llandudno_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190724-d3487896-Reviews-BHS_Restaurant-Llandudno_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html)
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Post by: OrmeMac on May 12, 2014, 04:51:00 PM
I worked in British Home Stores (as I still call it) back in the 1980s in Scotland. It's criminal the way the store has been asset-stripped and it no longer really deserves to use the name.

In the Restaurant almost everything was made from scratch - okay we used packet mixes but most of the cakes (Lemon Meringue Pie, Strawberry Flan, Custard Slice, etc) were made daily. Similarly scones were made daily and baked as necessary. On a Saturday we would have around 30 or more people working there and we were queued out the door for most of the day.

The stores also had a popular food hall which also serviced the Restaurant (we 'bought' our bacon and bread from there and all the rolls and cream cakes came from the same supplier). Staff were very well looked after with their own Restaurant which, usefully, helped recycle food that had passed it's sell-by date in the food hall or may have been slightly over-cooked (okay, burned) in the Restaurant.

The rest of the store had its own jewellery and make-up counters, a huge lighting section, LP records (remember them?), gardening/plants, toy section, ornaments, clocks, made-to-measure curtains, luggage and large clothing sections. Some stored even had electronics sections and there were a few joint stores with Sainsburys but I've forgotten what they were called.

Sadly things started to go downhill when BHS merged with Mothercare and Habitat to form Storehouse. It's current owner has no interest in the chain and openly admits he should have sold it years ago. From a must-visit destination store its now dismissed by most people as an afterthought at most which is a great shame.

Anyhow, after that brief reminiscence, back to local matters...
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Post by: ormegolf on May 12, 2014, 09:51:15 PM
    I thought British Home Stores was still called that. What is its name then?

   I only hope you don't say BHS. Because if its just using the initials like that, it bring to my mind a really dreadful post on Facebook which I read last week --- and I'm sorry I did.

   The Facebook poster was writing about Kentucky Fried Chicken and he claimed that they had to change their name to KFC because, wait for it, there isn't actually any "chicken" passing through their restaurants.

   Now I don't know if this Facebook writer is correct but I imagine he must be basically correct or Colonel Saunders would have him strung up before the highest court before you could say chicken.

   I won't go into the details, but as I've enjoyed years and years of Colonel Saunders food but---but--- I will certainly be thinking about this letter before I go again. I find it too horrible to describe.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on May 12, 2014, 10:39:42 PM
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The Facebook poster was writing about Kentucky Fried Chicken and he claimed that they had to change their name to KFC because, wait for it, there isn't actually any "chicken" passing through their restaurants.


Kentucky Fried Chicken decided to change its name to KFC in 1991 for several reasons, none of which had anything to do with governmental regulations about mutant animals:

A move to de-emphasize "chicken" because KFC planned to offer a varied menu that included other types of food. (The Boston Chicken corporation took the same approach for the same reason, changing the name of its retail food outlets to Boston Market.)

A desire to eliminate the word "fried," which had negative connotations to the increasingly health-conscious consumer market.

A trend towards the abbreviation of long commercial titles as demonstrated by other companies' employing shortened forms of their names, such as The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) and Howard Johnson's (HoJo).

How concerned we should be about genetically engineered food products is one thing, but no amount of concern or protest is going to "make KFC start using real chicken again": "real chicken" is what KFC has been using all along.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/kfc.asp#klkqsqZlclhbupd2.99 (http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/kfc.asp#klkqsqZlclhbupd2.99)
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Post by: Ian on May 13, 2014, 07:27:15 AM
Quote
Now I don't know if this Facebook writer is correct but I imagine he must be basically correct or Colonel Saunders would have him strung up before the highest court before you could say chicken.

Big companies don't often spend time and money pursuing occasional crackpots on the likes of Facebook, Mike.  There are simply too many. They will normally only act if stories are picked up by newspapers or TV.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 13, 2014, 01:53:49 PM
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I thought British Home Stores was still called that. What is its name then?

   I only hope you don't say BHS. Because if its just using the initials like that, it bring to my mind a really dreadful post on Facebook which I read last week --- and I'm sorry I did.

   The Facebook poster was writing about Kentucky Fried Chicken and he claimed that they had to change their name to KFC because, wait for it, there isn't actually any "chicken" passing through their restaurants.

Could be the same issue.  I've been in BHS several times and I've never seen any homes passing through the store.  Not even any non-British ones.
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Post by: OrmeMac on May 13, 2014, 04:59:43 PM
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    I thought British Home Stores was still called that. What is its name then?

   I only hope you don't say BHS. Because if its just using the initials like that, it bring to my mind a really dreadful post on Facebook which I read last week --- and I'm sorry I did.

I was just meaning that I use the full name rather than the initials which most people use nowadays. Bet there's quite a few people who don't even know what the initials stand for.

Interestingly I was told that as well as registering British Home Stores they also covered all bases and registered Scottish Home Stores, Welsh Home Stores, etc.

On the KFC front I saw a programme about this on TV and the reason for moving to initials was Kentucky (the state) registered it's name and demanded a fee from everyone that used it. So they took the "Kentucky" out of KFC and therefore have no fees to pay!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: mull on May 14, 2014, 10:10:35 AM
Now," Kentucky Fried Cgulls" would sound and taste better.
Especially in Llandudno.
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Post by: BMD on May 15, 2014, 04:41:13 PM
I went into a shop that I hadn't noticed before, in Colwyn Bay, opposite the new "Bargain Booze". Full of realistic artificial plants, little statues, framed prints, some furniture, etc. Very nicely laid out - it looks as if it's the most upmarket shop in Colwyn Bay. Turns out it's "Rooms & Blooms" - but minus the gourmet coffee & tea they used to sell when they were in the previous premises (mentioned earlier in this thread, when they shut down last year).

Very much worth a look.  $good$  It's a pity a decent shop like this couldn't be on Station Road.
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Post by: wrex on May 15, 2014, 07:53:14 PM
Nobody seems to have a clue what is going into Dreams old shop,we need a new detective.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 16, 2014, 01:56:38 PM
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I went into a shop that I hadn't noticed before, in Colwyn Bay, opposite the new "Bargain Booze". Full of realistic artificial plants, little statues, framed prints, some furniture, etc. Very nicely laid out - it looks as if it's the most upmarket shop in Colwyn Bay. Turns out it's "Rooms & Blooms" - but minus the gourmet coffee & tea they used to sell when they were in the previous premises (mentioned earlier in this thread, when they shut down last year).

The old Rooms & Blooms shop is now the Green Room Jazz Cafe which apparentely sells excellent gourmet coffee (but no artifical plants).  They also have live jazz on Sundays.  Nice  ;D.
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Post by: wrex on May 18, 2014, 12:48:10 PM
National bakery opening in town soon,not sure of the name,at the moment i can only see Jessops having work done.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 18, 2014, 04:25:37 PM
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National bakery opening in town soon,not sure of the name,at the moment i can only see Jessops having work done.

It's Pound Bakery.  I've been in the one Birkenhead a few times and it's very good value for money as you get two pies or pasties for a pound.  They also usually have quite a decent variety of filings, at least compared to Greggs.  My recommendation would be the chip shop chicken curry pie which is tasty but you wouldn't want to spill the filling down your shirt  :o.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Sara on May 19, 2014, 01:48:51 PM
I have heard that a One Stop convenience store is going on Mostyn Champneys. Anyone got anymore info?
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Post by: wrex on May 19, 2014, 04:28:53 PM
Once again the Red Cross shop is showing under offer on shopproperty website,it seems to have been a few times now.
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Post by: wrex on May 29, 2014, 11:46:06 AM
There must be something wrong with the old Hoosons shop,it on a brilliant corner yet St Davids can;t get anyone interested,has to be GREED.
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Post by: Gwynant on May 29, 2014, 04:47:07 PM
        I'm not sure if this is the correct link to post this but while I was in Yspty Gwynedd recently having my hip replaced one of the nurses told me that she had heard that B & M Stores who are trading in Bangor, Rhyl, Wrexham,Portmadog etc locally and have 375 stores nationally, (and could best be described as a slightly downmarket and disorganised Home Bargains but do have some products that are very competitively priced) are taking over the two-storey Homebase store in the Penrhos Shopping Precinct in Holyhead but she wasn't sure if it was true or not. So while I was in there today (Bangor B & M), I asked a couple of the staff if it was true and they confirmed it and also that it would open in late August. As it happens I was in Homebase in Penrhos Holyhead recently and it was absolutely heaving, with 20%+ off everything but the staff, some of whom had been drafted in from Yorkshire for the closing period (end of June), could not tell me what was going to happen to the premises at that time.
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Post by: wrex on May 29, 2014, 09:44:44 PM
Am i right in thinking the two empty shops on corners opposite Tudno castle belong to Mostyn estates,if so no to let signs in the window or on their website unlike their shop next to the Gallery.Very interesting,me thinks he must have tennants already.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 29, 2014, 10:11:10 PM
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B & M Stores  are taking over the two-storey Homebase store in the Penrhos Shopping Precinct in Holyhead but she wasn't sure if it was true or not.

There was an article about this in the Daily Post recently - http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/holyhead-bm-set-take-over-7089344 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/holyhead-bm-set-take-over-7089344)

Homebase announced they were going to close with the loss of 30 jobs but B&M subsequently announced they were going to take over the building and create 80 new jobs (although I suspect a lot of the B&M jobs will be part time/zero hours for them to require nearly three times as many employees as Homebase).
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Post by: Yorkie on May 30, 2014, 09:44:54 AM
Does this have any impact on the Three Towns?    :D
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Post by: wrex on May 30, 2014, 04:45:33 PM
Holyhead forum
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Post by: DaveR on June 02, 2014, 06:33:27 PM
I hear the Staffordshire Oatcake Shop is closing down...
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Post by: Fester on June 02, 2014, 08:12:56 PM
Actually, she has told 3 slightly conflicting stories to 3 different people.

1, Its closing down, because the shop is being sold from under her.
2, It's moving to a different location.
3, She is staying put, but changing YET AGAIN, to selling things like bacon butties, breakfasts etc.... to tradesmen.

Take your pick, nothing ever lasts very long anyway.
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Post by: Blongb on June 02, 2014, 08:48:26 PM
Major reconstruction work going on in the old Jessops shop on Mostyn St. Work being carried out by the Denbigh company Adever.
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Post by: Yorkie on June 03, 2014, 09:43:22 AM
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I hear the Staffordshire Oatcake Shop is closing down...

Maybe should send it back to Stoke on Trent!    $good$
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Post by: Blongb on June 03, 2014, 01:17:26 PM
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I hear the Staffordshire Oatcake Shop is closing down...
Maybe should send it back to Stoke on Trent!    $good$
What would the poor Saffies eat when they come on holiday then?  Welsh Cakes perhaps  $walesflag$
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Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2014, 02:34:08 PM
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Major reconstruction work going on in the old Jessops shop on Mostyn St. Work being carried out by the Denbigh company Adever.
A new shop front is being installed, which will incorporate the entrance to the old Artillery club.
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Post by: Blongb on June 06, 2014, 06:36:56 PM
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Major reconstruction work going on in the old Jessops shop on Mostyn St. Work being carried out by the Denbigh company Adever.
A new shop front is being installed, which will incorporate the entrance to the old Artillery club.

Talked to the builders as I went past today and was told it will be a Pound Bakers Shop.
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Post by: wrex on June 10, 2014, 05:51:36 PM
Jessops looks quite big now,lots of Sayers bakery vans there yesterday,i take it pound bakery is a off shoot off them.
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Post by: DaveR on June 10, 2014, 05:58:39 PM
Yes, Pound Bakery is a subsidiary of Sayers. Smart idea of theirs, really.

The new shopfront looks much better.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 12, 2014, 06:55:04 AM
It is nice to see a local painter and decorator getting the job of repainting the outside of Aldi on Mostyn Champneys after recently noticing a company from the Wirral painting the outside of Staples and a window cleaner with a Wrexham telephone number on his van cleaning the external windows of the main Post office.
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Post by: wrex on June 21, 2014, 08:30:05 PM
Not a whiff off news on who the two new tennants are going to be on Mostyn Champneys,nothing.
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Post by: Fester on June 21, 2014, 11:47:29 PM
I see that the Red Cross charity shop is closing down.   Who is going in there?

It also tickled me to see a 'closing down sale' for a charity shop.   Just how CHEAP is that stuff??
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 22, 2014, 01:40:27 AM
I notice the shop were Courts used to be is having a closing down sale.

Is it more than a coincidence that the four retail premises at the front corners and sides of the Tudno Castle Hotel will all soon be empty?

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Post by: wrex on June 22, 2014, 09:03:00 AM
Betty;s Fabrics is too be a local ice cream parlour and why is there no to let sign in either but Mostyn estates has a to let sign in their other empty shop in next to the gallery,makes me think both have new tennants
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 22, 2014, 04:39:39 PM
They are a long time coming and so is the British Heart Foundation on the other side.
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Post by: Yelboh on June 23, 2014, 10:41:58 PM
Apologies if this is old news, but I understand the old Dreams store near Halfords will be a TKMaxx
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Post by: DaveR on June 24, 2014, 08:33:23 AM
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Betty;s Fabrics is too be a local ice cream parlour
Cadwaladars, I think?
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Post by: DaveR on June 24, 2014, 08:33:45 AM
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Apologies if this is old news, but I understand the old Dreams store near Halfords will be a TKMaxx
No, that's new news Yelboh, thanks for posting.  $good$
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 24, 2014, 09:38:14 AM
Can anyone remember who was supposed to be moving in upstairs in BHS on Parc Llandudno?
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Post by: Nemesis on June 24, 2014, 11:36:57 AM
Someone mentioned Primark-- but I think that was just a rumour.
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Post by: wrex on June 24, 2014, 03:54:24 PM
Betty;s fabrics is Parisella;s ice cream parlour.
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Post by: wrex on June 24, 2014, 03:57:24 PM
Its what has happened in a lot of BHS stores,Primark take over,seems a bit small for Primark though.
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Post by: Jack on June 24, 2014, 04:55:05 PM
TK Maxx destined for the superbowl:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tk-maxx-heading-llandudno-major-7319208 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tk-maxx-heading-llandudno-major-7319208)
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Post by: Blongb on June 24, 2014, 07:00:59 PM
British Red Cross shop has closed on Mostyn Street. The landlord cancelled their lease
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Post by: wrex on June 24, 2014, 07:44:28 PM
It has been under offer twice recently on shoproperty,but something must put the people off last minute.
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Post by: Fester on June 25, 2014, 01:06:00 AM
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Someone mentioned Primark-- but I think that was just a rumour.

Primark was mentioned as part of the planning application, to extend the top floor mezzanine.
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Post by: wrex on June 25, 2014, 06:46:57 AM
Which application are you talking about Fester,can DaveR drag it up from somewhere.
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Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2014, 08:51:45 AM
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It has been under offer twice recently on shoproperty,but something must put the people off last minute.
It's now been marketed by St. Davids, with a rental price of £20k, which seems reasonable for Mostyn St. However, you have to factor in another £20k of Business Rates as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on June 25, 2014, 10:22:52 AM
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but Mostyn estates has a to let sign in their other empty shop in next to the gallery,makes me think both have new tennants

The sign in the window says LET - Mostyn Estates

It does not clarify TO LET or LET BY.
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Post by: born2run on June 25, 2014, 11:05:44 AM
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TK Maxx destined for the superbowl:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tk-maxx-heading-llandudno-major-7319208 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tk-maxx-heading-llandudno-major-7319208)

Another blow for the youngsters of this town. Empty arena, no bowling, no cinema, no fun swimming pool, no laser quest, skating rink. NO FUN  WWW
If you're under 70 don't bother coming to Llandudno

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Post by: Yorkie on June 25, 2014, 01:45:30 PM
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Another blow for the youngsters of this town. Empty arena, no bowling, no cinema, no fun swimming pool, no laser quest, skating rink. NO FUN  WWW
If you're under 70 don't bother coming to Llandudno

But a few bloody good reasons to leave!   Can anyone recommend a good Estate Agent?    $thanx$
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Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2014, 03:55:45 PM
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but Mostyn estates has a to let sign in their other empty shop in next to the gallery,makes me think both have new tennants

The sign in the window says LET - Mostyn Estates

It does not clarify TO LET or LET BY.
William Glover are moving across the road to that shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on June 25, 2014, 07:33:06 PM
So much talk about Primark and Tkmak opening on Mostyn Champneys,what is the truth.
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Post by: Fester on June 25, 2014, 09:30:35 PM
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Which application are you talking about Fester,can DaveR drag it up from somewhere.

It was told to me in confidence,  in fact I don't think I'm supposed to know! 
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Post by: wrex on June 26, 2014, 07:28:40 AM
opppppppppps
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Post by: born2run on June 26, 2014, 12:08:36 PM
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Which application are you talking about Fester,can DaveR drag it up from somewhere.

It was told to me in confidence,  in fact I don't think I'm supposed to know!

Something doesn't smell right about this at all
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Post by: Fester on June 26, 2014, 11:50:13 PM
Not really,  I'm a tad deaf... maybe I just misheard.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on June 28, 2014, 10:06:55 AM
Love the little wine shop in Conwy,sells nothing but good products like the Albion no commercial beer or wine just good quality product,shame Llandudno has nobody who can invest in the town.I fully understand its the rent that stops anyone from doing it,like Edwards the butcher the rent stops any local doing it,
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Post by: Fester on June 28, 2014, 10:23:04 PM
Agreed Wrex, its a very nice and attractive little business in Conwy.   (The Vino Monde)

I buy several Xmas presents every year in there, they deserve to do well.

I do wonder if they will be able to sustain the additional branch they have opened in Conwy though.
I assume they know what they are doing.  $drink1$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on June 29, 2014, 03:15:09 PM
I noticed this afternoon the baby shop Little Poppets & Co has closed down.

It is next to the Yorkshire Building Society in Mostyn Street.

Over the past few days, have any forum members been stopped yet by the females patrolling Mostyn Champneys claiming to be carrying out a survey on behalf of the centre?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on June 29, 2014, 04:09:22 PM
Saw her this afternoon Bri,all to do with this TKMAXX application i rekon,i asked a lad in Halfords about this new store next door and he told me they will not let on who it is.Now you know me,i reckon its all to do with this application and the survey will back the park on change of use but im in favour anyway,rather a clothes store than an empty store.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 29, 2014, 04:43:22 PM
There were several females conducting the survey today and they have been hanging around for a few days.

We never indulge in surveys after agreeing to one at the front door 20 years ago and later regretting it.

I am slightly confused, wrex, with your comments because Halfords is next door to Dreams and the TK Maxx is supposed to be going into the ten-pin bowling unit next door to Iceland Frozen Food.
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Post by: wrex on June 29, 2014, 07:27:19 PM
Bri if you look above Dreams there is a big banner saying exciting new store coming soon,yet the managers are not saying who it is to anyone,my conclusion is maybe TKMAXX where originally going there until superbowl came about,why it should all be so hush,hush i don;t know.
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Post by: born2run on June 30, 2014, 10:28:43 AM
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I noticed this afternoon the baby shop Little Poppets & Co has closed down.

It is next to the Yorkshire Building Society in Mostyn Street.

Over the past few days, have any forum members been stopped yet by the females patrolling Mostyn Champneys claiming to be carrying out a survey on behalf of the centre?

It's not because it's a failing business or anything. They were doing very well, they have just decided to relocate back to London
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Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2014, 10:48:13 AM
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I noticed this afternoon the baby shop Little Poppets & Co has closed down.
It's not because it's a failing business or anything. They were doing very well, they have just decided to relocate back to London
Wouldn't you sell a thriving business. rather than just close it down?
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Post by: born2run on June 30, 2014, 10:50:13 AM
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I noticed this afternoon the baby shop Little Poppets & Co has closed down.
It's not because it's a failing business or anything. They were doing very well, they have just decided to relocate back to London
Wouldn't you sell a thriving business. rather than just close it down?

They still have the same business they are just moving it from Llandudno to London. So no they couldn't sell it
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 30, 2014, 10:53:56 AM
Why not just open another shop in London if this one is doing so well?
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Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2014, 11:07:28 AM
Oh right, I see.  $good$
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Post by: born2run on June 30, 2014, 01:28:27 PM
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Why not just open another shop in London if this one is doing so well?

I don't know for sure, but it's just a small family run business by the two of them, I suppose they don't have the resources to expand.
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Post by: DaveR on July 02, 2014, 08:13:39 AM
I understand that Publishers Book Clearance may be opening in the former Hoosons Chemist premises on Upper Mostyn Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 02, 2014, 09:20:08 AM
Last night, I noticed a shop in Clonmel Street was being emptied.

It was once a Manweb shop and later Swetenhams, estate agents.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on July 02, 2014, 05:17:41 PM
What sort of firm are they DaveR,been everywhere over town,precinct,old Timothy Whites.
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Post by: DaveR on July 02, 2014, 05:32:38 PM
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What sort of firm are they DaveR,been everywhere over town,precinct,old Timothy Whites.
They take temporary leases in shops that are available to let. I think they get a discounted rent in return for agreeing to move out if a permanent tenant is found.
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Post by: wrex on July 02, 2014, 06:32:52 PM
Colin Flannigan has no mention of it on his twitter,i think he would have said,but i could be wrong.
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Post by: wrex on July 03, 2014, 09:16:49 PM
Little poppets let already,Alex looks finished now.
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Post by: Fester on July 03, 2014, 11:14:01 PM
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I understand that Publishers Book Clearance may be opening in the former Hoosons Chemist premises on Upper Mostyn Street.

This was related to me by 2 separate local business people, not connected to each other.
So, I am looking forward to seeing how reliable that info is!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on July 04, 2014, 11:32:19 AM
People working in Red Cross shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SDQ on July 04, 2014, 01:04:57 PM
Anyone know when Domino's is opening in Colwyn Bay?
I had a flyer delivered 3 days ago saying it is now open but it doesn't appear to be.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on July 04, 2014, 02:51:11 PM
See they were putting the sign up on the new bakery shop today looks very nice , greggs look out
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Post by: FatAndy on July 05, 2014, 12:52:33 PM
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Anyone know when Domino's is opening in Colwyn Bay?
I had a flyer delivered 3 days ago saying it is now open but it doesn't appear to be.

It must be imminent.  The windows have been whitewashed all week and there have been contractors vans outside but this morning the windows were clear so you could see inside and the vans were gone.  Everything looks ready to roll.  Hopefully they'll be open on Monday so I can get myself a £1 lunch (if the offer is still on).

The new Indian takeaway in the Bay, Spice City, is also due to open soon (the 16th if I remember correctly).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on July 07, 2014, 06:53:56 PM
It looked like Domino's was open today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on July 07, 2014, 07:19:11 PM
Any non-food information.lol
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on July 08, 2014, 09:07:44 AM
One of the empty shops on Station Road in Colwyn Bay, the one next door to Dan's Den, is being opened as some sort of social enterprise.  The former Guys & Dolls hairdressing shop on Abergele Road is about to reopen as a new hairdressing salon.  The Bay Gallery has relocated from the unit outside the BayView Centre to one of the other empty shops on Station Road.  Brighthouse are currently advertising for staff in Colwyn Bay, which might explain why the Bay Gallery have had to relocate from the BayView Centre? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 08, 2014, 09:56:06 PM
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See they were putting the sign up on the new bakery shop today looks very nice , greggs look out
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Post by: FatAndy on July 08, 2014, 10:33:54 PM
It's a shame that it's only a Pound Bakery and they haven't put in a Pound Cafe as well.  If there's one problem Llandudno suffers from it's a lack of cafes so a Pound Cafe would have been very welcome.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on July 08, 2014, 11:51:18 PM
It's a big shop that....and I was certain that there would be some tables in there.     

What else is all that square footage being used for if not?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: llewelyn on July 09, 2014, 01:02:50 PM
Come to Conwy we all cafe'd out. cant see them all lasting the winter.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 09, 2014, 01:42:47 PM
The residents of Llandudno have received an A4 colour leaflet promoting special opening offers for the new Domino's in Colwyn Bay boasting they deliver to the many local areas including Llandudno.

However, when I visit their website and put in my Craig-y-Don postcode, I am informed they offer a 'collection only' service.

http://www.dominos.co.uk/ (http://www.dominos.co.uk/)

I shall be interested to learn from other forum users living in Llandudno if they receive the same message as me when they input their home postode.



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Post by: born2run on July 09, 2014, 01:59:26 PM
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It's a big shop that....and I was certain that there would be some tables in there.     

What else is all that square footage being used for if not?

For the hordes of tourists queuing up in the summer and the hordes of vast space there will be in the winter!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on July 09, 2014, 02:40:19 PM
Called in for a look, bought 3 gingerbread men for £1 Oh says they are OK. Not impressed , the shop seems very small for the size of the property. They seemed to be doing a good trade on sandwiches.
Went across to Gregs for a jam doughnut, 45p, could have had 3 for £1, but don't imagine that they would be edible tomorrow. !!
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Post by: SDQ on July 09, 2014, 03:41:47 PM
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The residents of Llandudno have received an A4 colour leaflet promoting special opening offers for the new Domino's in Colwyn Bay boasting they deliver to the many local areas including Llandudno.

However, when I visit their website and put in my Craig-y-Don postcode, I am informed they offer a 'collection only' service.

http://www.dominos.co.uk/ (http://www.dominos.co.uk/)

I shall be interested to learn from other forum users living in Llandudno if they receive the same message as me when they input their home postode.






Have you tried ringing them direct instead of ordering over the internet?
They may have taken a decision to deliver outside Domino's standard area to maximise their trade as the leaflet clearly states Conwy, Llandudno & Llanddulas. Surely they wouldn't have gone to the trouble of having them printed if they weren't going to deliver to those areas?
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Post by: FatAndy on July 09, 2014, 03:48:47 PM
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Went across to Gregs for a jam doughnut, 45p, could have had 3 for £1, but don't imagine that they would be edible tomorrow. !!

Surely that's not a problem though as if you bought three jam doughnuts today they'd have long since ceased to exist by tomorrow?
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Post by: born2run on July 09, 2014, 04:05:51 PM
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The residents of Llandudno have received an A4 colour leaflet promoting special opening offers for the new Domino's in Colwyn Bay boasting they deliver to the many local areas including Llandudno.

However, when I visit their website and put in my Craig-y-Don postcode, I am informed they offer a 'collection only' service.

http://www.dominos.co.uk/ (http://www.dominos.co.uk/)

I shall be interested to learn from other forum users living in Llandudno if they receive the same message as me when they input their home postode.






Have you tried ringing them direct instead of ordering over the internet?
They may have taken a decision to deliver outside Domino's standard area to maximise their trade as the leaflet clearly states Conwy, Llandudno & Llanddulas. Surely they wouldn't have gone to the trouble of having them printed if they weren't going to deliver to those areas?

Mine also says collection only how strange. Maybe they haven't recruited enough delivery drivers yet
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 09, 2014, 04:37:20 PM
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Have you tried ringing them direct instead of ordering over the internet?
They may have taken a decision to deliver outside Domino's standard area to maximise their trade as the leaflet clearly states Conwy, Llandudno & Llanddulas. Surely they

No, I haven’t rung them yet because I wanted to be sure of my facts first.

BTW, my leaflet does not clearly state the towns you have quoted.

Mine states Conway and Llauddulas.
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Post by: SDQ on July 09, 2014, 07:59:10 PM
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Have you tried ringing them direct instead of ordering over the internet?
They may have taken a decision to deliver outside Domino's standard area to maximise their trade as the leaflet clearly states Conwy, Llandudno & Llanddulas. Surely they

No, I haven’t rung them yet because I wanted to be sure of my facts first.

BTW, my leaflet does not clearly state the towns you have quoted.

Mine states Conway and Llauddulas.



Some of us have the intellect to spot a spelling mistake!
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Post by: Nemesis on July 09, 2014, 08:09:29 PM
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Went across to Gregs for a jam doughnut, 45p, could have had 3 for £1, but don't imagine that they would be edible tomorrow. !!

Surely that's not a problem though as if you bought three jam doughnuts today they'd have long since ceased to exist by tomorrow?

That would have been the trouble, there's only me like them and ..........
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 09, 2014, 08:40:14 PM
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Some of us have the intellect to spot a spelling mistake!

No doubt, you also have the ability to read the Deal Conditions on page 3.

I just phoned Domino's and asked if they deliver to Llandudno and they informed me they are too busy to do that.

They also told me I can phone back tomorrow afternoon and they may then.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on July 09, 2014, 09:12:44 PM
Hopefully Pizza Hut will take notice of Domino's delivery service (if it exists) and start offering delivery from the Junction in the future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: dwsi on July 10, 2014, 12:08:10 PM
Domino's phone app says they don't deliver to Conwy, it's collection only  (*)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: BMD on July 10, 2014, 01:06:05 PM
Just looking at the Domino's price list. I've not had take-out pizza for a while, but this seems a tad pricey. £10.99 for a medium (11.5") cheese & tomato pizza; £14.99 for a medium "Hot & Spicy" pizza.
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Post by: born2run on July 10, 2014, 02:09:37 PM
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Just looking at the Domino's price list. I've not had take-out pizza for a while, but this seems a tad pricey. £10.99 for a medium (11.5") cheese & tomato pizza; £14.99 for a medium "Hot & Spicy" pizza.

That is a lot more than Pizza hut (Who do 2 for one on Tuesday) and local firms like Bay Grill
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Post by: FatAndy on July 10, 2014, 07:25:54 PM
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Just looking at the Domino's price list. I've not had take-out pizza for a while, but this seems a tad pricey. £10.99 for a medium (11.5") cheese & tomato pizza; £14.99 for a medium "Hot & Spicy" pizza.

If you're paying online do a quick Google search for "Dominos discount code" before paying.  I've just found a code to get £10 off a £30 spend and another to get £5 off a £20 spend.  I once had a code that got me 50% off all orders from Pizza Hut that was valid for a year, but sadly has now expired  :(.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on July 12, 2014, 01:23:11 AM
When I heard that there was to be a Seafood Kiosk opening on the pier, I was excited.... as I love fresh seafood and there is so much of it landed around these shores.

However, I visited it on it's opening week... only to find that it was merely selling crab-sticks, and cockles out of jars.
Presumably they are doing this in order to get around the strict (and costly) food legislation that covers FRESH seafood.

Now, I see they have been reduced to offering 'other' non related items in order to stay afloat.
See below, it's terrible.   It seems to be yet another Mickey Mouse affair, which will not survive the year.

When will retailers learn that people visit this town SEVERAL times a year, and it is imperative to offer a product that people look forward to coming back for!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on July 12, 2014, 07:11:16 AM
The signs themselves to little to inspire any enthusiasm in people to stop!   Z**
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Post by: Ian on July 12, 2014, 07:54:40 AM
One problem with illiterately created signs such as those is that the overall impression they provide is abysmal. Initial impressions are everything and something like that does the Pier, other kiosk owners and Llandudno no favours. I'm surprised the Pier owners don't enforce standards in that regard.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 12, 2014, 08:39:15 AM
I'm spoilt for choice between strawberry and cream and fresh strawbery with cream! Do they know they have two signs saying the same thing?  &shake&
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 12, 2014, 08:54:31 AM
Not quite, ME.

One is fresh and the other isn't.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 12, 2014, 09:16:23 AM
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Not quite, ME.

One is fresh and the other isn't.

 _))*  _))* yes Bri I did notice that! So who would decline the fresh Strawberry ( note only one for £2!) and ask for a week old slightly mouldy strawberry instead?  L0L
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Post by: DaveR on July 12, 2014, 06:09:47 PM
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When will retailers learn that people visit this town SEVERAL times a year, and it is imperative to offer a product that people look forward to coming back for!
Wise words from Mr Fester....
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Post by: white rabbit on July 12, 2014, 07:44:54 PM
I'm speechless - who on earth has that kiosk?!!
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Post by: ormegolf on July 12, 2014, 10:36:33 PM
   If you would like to see good signage I would suggest The Pound Bakery as a candidate. I hope I have the Company name correct, its in the old Jessops photo shop. Driving past in a queue I spotted it today.  Also I noticed a cyclist dressed up as a baker with an advertising sign attached to his bike.
   Huh --- I thought I had a brilliant idea in the Victorian extravaganza parade and now I find every Butcher, Baker and Candlestick maker is jumping on their bikes
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on July 13, 2014, 11:55:08 AM
Bettys Fabrics ,the two Glover shops,Animal,JD Store,old Timothy Whites,Millets,Little Poppets,Hoosons,Sewing shop,Manor foods,oops  forgot Red Cross, and god knows how many in the pecinct all empty with maybe 4 we know of being taken over,i suppose we should be happy with our lot.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on July 13, 2014, 11:53:10 PM
Pound Bakery Mike,  I was in there on Saturday to test the Chicken Bake, (at 2 for £1.00), compared to the Gregg's Chicken Bake I often buy (at £1.18 for one)

I would say that the Pound Bakery product was 90% as good as Greggs,  and is therefore a bargain!   Mmmm.

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Post by: DaveR on July 14, 2014, 08:20:10 AM
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Pound Bakery Mike,  I was in there on Saturday to test the Chicken Bake, (at 2 for £1.00), compared to the Gregg's Chicken Bake I often buy (at £1.18 for one)

I would say that the Pound Bakery product was 90% as good as Greggs,  and is therefore a bargain!   Mmmm.
The downside is that you will put on twice as much weight by going there....
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Post by: Nemesis on July 14, 2014, 09:34:02 AM
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Post by: born2run on July 14, 2014, 10:47:37 AM
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Pound Bakery Mike,  I was in there on Saturday to test the Chicken Bake, (at 2 for £1.00), compared to the Gregg's Chicken Bake I often buy (at £1.18 for one)

I would say that the Pound Bakery product was 90% as good as Greggs,  and is therefore a bargain!   Mmmm.
The downside is that you will put on twice as much weight by going there....

Good job his gym and swimming pool is always open and he never has any trouble getting in  _))* _))*
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Post by: Fester on July 14, 2014, 09:20:19 PM
Don't get me started!!!!    :rage: :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 15, 2014, 09:08:28 AM
I was pleased to see that the decorative tilework in the floor outside Clares is being renovated at last.

I also noticed that W H Smith is being painted, something that is also long overdue. Why they need to use painters from Newtown, rather than local tradesmen, I don't know?
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Post by: FatAndy on July 15, 2014, 09:14:52 AM
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I also noticed that W H Smith is being painted, something that is also long overdue. Why they need to use painters from Newtown, rather than local tradesmen, I don't know?

Because it's easier for them to have a centralised list of reliable contractors rather than have to shop around and negotiate on an individual basis whenever they need a bit of painting doing.  This can work both ways though, I used to do the accounts for a business from the Three Towns region which once won a national contract with Rumbelows (it was a while ago) which was worth a small fortune to them.  And who knows, perhaps there are contractors from Llandudno currently working in Newtown.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 15, 2014, 09:23:34 AM
At least the business is staying in Wales, I suppose.  $walesflag$

Far too often in Llandudno, national retailers are happy for the people of Llandudno to spend money in their shops but appoint trademen from outside the area to do work for them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Jack on July 16, 2014, 08:13:16 PM
Looks like a shoe shop is opening on Vaughan Street in the shop formerly known as "In da house". Stock being put on shelves so probably open in next couple of days.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 19, 2014, 03:35:28 PM
Both Grumpy's sweet shop and the Oatcake shop now have pavement stalls selling fruit and veg.
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Post by: DaveR on July 19, 2014, 03:49:57 PM
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Both Grumpy's sweet shop and the Oatcake shop now have pavement stalls selling fruit and veg.
A Fruit & Veg war? Cauliflowers at dawn?
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Post by: Ian on July 19, 2014, 04:03:15 PM
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A Fruit & Veg war? Cauliflowers at dawn?

Cucumbers, surely?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 19, 2014, 04:33:15 PM
Peeping through the window last night of the former Diskos, and lately Little Poppets, it very much looks as if it wil be a sweet shop.
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A Fruit & Veg war? Cauliflowers at dawn?

Cucumbers, surely?

Seems unfair to tar all cucumbers with the same brush, I'm sure some are quite peaceful!  :laugh:  :twoface:
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Post by: Ian on July 19, 2014, 05:17:18 PM
 _))* _))* _))*

They're a suspicious lot, though...    ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Yorkie on July 19, 2014, 05:27:40 PM
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_))* _))* _))*

They're a suspicious lot, though...    ;D ;D ;D

I did hear that some courgettes wanted to join the fray but were considered too young!   L0L
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Post by: Nemesis on July 19, 2014, 05:28:34 PM
Lettuce not be picky ! _))* _))* _))*
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 19, 2014, 06:38:52 PM
We've BEAN here before!  :laugh:
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Post by: Nemesis on July 20, 2014, 11:01:53 AM
Now M.E. Mind your PEAS and Qs
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 28, 2014, 08:05:51 PM
Good to see a local business expanding into the old Little Poppets shop:
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 28, 2014, 08:53:50 PM
According to staff in the new shop they will be keeping the other one going in the Victoria Centre.
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Post by: Fester on July 29, 2014, 01:32:00 AM
There is room for only ONE Emporium in Llandudno....   
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 29, 2014, 07:29:27 AM
Yours is offshore.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 29, 2014, 08:16:12 AM
 _))*  _))*
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Post by: Ian on July 29, 2014, 08:50:12 AM
 _))* _))*
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Post by: Nemesis on July 29, 2014, 11:00:29 AM
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According to staff in the new shop they will be keeping the other one going in the Victoria Centre.

Was talking to the manageress yesterday (she runs both) and it seems to have taken off very well.
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Post by: DaveR on July 30, 2014, 09:04:04 AM
Sainsburys are opening a superstore in Llandudno Junction, on the old Brickworks site behind Cineworld.
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Post by: wrex on July 31, 2014, 11:58:26 AM
Take a look at the Asda planning app on CCBC website,not sure what they are upto.
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Post by: norman08 on July 31, 2014, 12:16:53 PM
Very interesting Wrex ,where will all that go will it be over 2 floors ,and we see the delivery times have changed will the people living in that area know ,is this another back door by ccbc .
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Post by: FatAndy on July 31, 2014, 04:06:03 PM
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Good to see a local business expanding into the old Little Poppets shop:

Is Peggy Anne's Sweet Emporium based in Stoke-on-Trent?
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Post by: Nemesis on August 01, 2014, 10:58:32 AM
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Very interesting Wrex ,where will all that go will it be over 2 floors ,and we see the delivery times have changed will the people living in that area know ,is this another back door by ccbc .

Also-- how long will they close for, and will they get the trade back from Aldi?
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Post by: Yorkie on August 01, 2014, 11:04:24 AM
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Very interesting Wrex ,where will all that go will it be over 2 floors ,and we see the delivery times have changed will the people living in that area know ,is this another back door by ccbc .

As ASDA is part of the Wall art Empire it is logical that eventually it would become a general store in addition to its present food and clothing.  In the States, many Wallmart stores sell everything from an egg to a speedboat or a car.  A real multi department store.
 :D
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Post by: Ian on August 01, 2014, 11:11:23 AM
CCBC's site wouldn't load the documents relating to the original application:

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We are aware that there is problem with opening certain documents / plans. This will be resolved as soon as possible. If you are unable to open documents, a public inspection file can be viewed at the Civic Offices, Colwyn Bay.

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Post by: norman08 on August 01, 2014, 11:24:19 AM
Yorkie they also sell guns in wallmarts, we go to the one in Huyton that's over two floors .
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Post by: Greyhound on August 01, 2014, 11:54:04 AM
Hold your horses guys, the planning application is only asking to extend the times that lorries are allowed to deliver on a Sunday. This was a stipulation when original planning permission was granted, so they have to amend it. Hence why it has to go through planning. No mention of two floors etc. as far as I can see.
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Post by: Fester on August 01, 2014, 11:21:22 PM
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Yorkie they also sell guns in wallmarts, we go to the one in Huyton that's over two floors .

.... and how many guns have you bought there Norm?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 02, 2014, 05:03:04 PM
Phase eight ladies clothing ,new store job advert,might be in precinct.
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Post by: ormegolf on August 02, 2014, 09:00:57 PM
 Just to be a bit picky, Asda Llandudno already has two floors. It also has an internal lift. But the first floor is not for the public. It's mainly a very large crammed to the roof warehouse for George  clothes and shoes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on August 05, 2014, 09:21:50 AM
At long last, the old Hoosons Chemist shop on the corner of Upper Mostyn Street has been let and is to become a furniture shop.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Greyhound on August 05, 2014, 09:25:28 AM
I wonder who it could be? Doesn't seem quite large enough to be a major furniture retailer, and not sure what smaller chains would be suitable for a premises that size. Good news though. Hope it's a quality outfit.
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Post by: FatAndy on August 05, 2014, 01:35:25 PM
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Phase eight ladies clothing ,new store job advert,might be in precinct.

More likely to be a concession in Debenhams (not that I know much about ladies clothing, other than at weekends of course).
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Post by: ormegolf on August 05, 2014, 09:37:28 PM
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Phase eight ladies clothing ,new store job advert,might be in precinct.

More likely to be a concession in Debenhams (not that I know much about ladies clothing, other than at weekends of course).
what happens at weekends? Surely Fat Andy, I'm looking at your picture. Cross dressing?
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Post by: FatAndy on August 05, 2014, 09:52:46 PM
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Phase eight ladies clothing ,new store job advert,might be in precinct.

More likely to be a concession in Debenhams (not that I know much about ladies clothing, other than at weekends of course).
what happens at weekends? Surely Fat Andy, I'm looking at your picture. Cross dressing?

Weekends are when I get dragged around the shops by my wife and daughters.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it  8).
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Post by: SDQ on August 05, 2014, 11:04:50 PM
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Phase eight ladies clothing ,new store job advert,might be in precinct.

More likely to be a concession in Debenhams (not that I know much about ladies clothing, other than at weekends of course).
what happens at weekends? Surely Fat Andy, I'm looking at your picture. Cross dressing?

Weekends are when I get dragged around the shops by my wife and daughters.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it  8).


We believe you, Andrea!  _))*
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Post by: wrex on August 06, 2014, 03:44:23 PM
FatAndy it does say new opening so i presume its a shop.
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Post by: FatAndy on August 07, 2014, 01:30:34 PM
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FatAndy it does say new opening so i presume its a shop.

I could be a shop but if you look at the store finder section on their website most of their existing outlets are concessions in department stores, and a lot of those are in Debenhams.

http://www.phase-eight.com/pws/StoreFinder.ice?findStore=true&page=stores&country=GB&countryRegion=North&x=47&y=18 (http://www.phase-eight.com/pws/StoreFinder.ice?findStore=true&page=stores&country=GB&countryRegion=North&x=47&y=18)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on August 07, 2014, 01:37:26 PM
Autonomy Ladieswear has opened in Colwyn Bay and the good news is that there's a sale on and "everything must go"!  The bad news is the sale is it's last few days so you'll need to act fast if you wish to take advantage.  And does anyone else wonder about those "everything must go" signs, does this mean that when those signs aren't being displayed the retailer brings in stock that they intend to keep permanently?

Elsewhere in the Bay a new convenience shop has opened up on Conwy Road halfway between the Central pub (as it is at the time of writing) and the Glass Lounge.  It seems a bit optimistic to me given the proximity of Bargain Booze and the Spar, and Morrisions isn't all that far away, but good luck to them anyway.  There's also a new shabby chic/antiques style shop on Princes Drive but there's no signage up yet so I don't know what it's called.
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Post by: ormegolf on August 07, 2014, 09:03:40 PM
Regarding the convenience store, absolutely financially suicidal. I think there MUST be more to this. Maybe the word convenience?  Perhaps  it will just be selling these new style ciggie subs and it's close to smokers hanging outside the Central
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Post by: FatAndy on August 07, 2014, 09:49:31 PM
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Regarding the convenience store, absolutely financially suicidal. I think there MUST be more to this. Maybe the word convenience?  Perhaps  it will just be selling these new style ciggie subs and it's close to smokers hanging outside the Central

The shop is called "Local Store" and according to the posters in the window is selling groceries.  I didn't go in but from what I could see it was selling groceries as advertised.  The Central is due to close soon for a major revamp so the smokers will need to find somewhere else to hang out so it wouldn't be a great idea to try to cash in on those. 

This is the third shop of this type to open in Colwyn Bay recently.  There's one opposite Stermat and another in the West End, not far from Lidl.  None of them look viable so maybe there are ulterior motives but without evidence it's probably better to assume that they are legit.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 08, 2014, 09:40:20 AM
It won't be long  before someone opens up a "grow your own" for all the "smokers" in the Bay.    ZXZ
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Post by: FatAndy on August 08, 2014, 09:50:22 AM
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It won't be long  before someone opens up a "grow your own" for all the "smokers" in the Bay.    ZXZ

Doesn't Tribal Child on Mostyn Street sell that sort of stuff?  I remember looking in their window once and wondering how they got away with selling some of the stuff on display, but that was a long time ago.  Presumably it's legal to sell a bong but not to use one?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 08, 2014, 10:56:41 AM
I don't think T C sell home grow, but they do seem to sell all the paraphernalia that goes with it!    &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on August 08, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
The name "local store." Local to who? No one lives anywhere near there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 09, 2014, 01:24:54 PM
You are right FatAndy,phase eight will be set up inside Clares dept store
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Post by: wrex on August 11, 2014, 05:34:49 PM
Mostyn estates don;t seem to have the William Glover shop on their to-let list,i wonder if they have it sorted already.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 13, 2014, 02:58:29 PM
The grim reeper here reporting,now as you know my glass is always half full so as i look at shopproperty website and see none of the 10 shops they have on their list are under offer and with only one of the7 units under travelodge and premier inn having been let,how is the town going to entice enought new buisnesses too fill them?.
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Post by: wrex on August 14, 2014, 05:00:02 PM
Perfect Dreams from Colwyn Bay  are going in Hoosons
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: majormellons on August 15, 2014, 09:41:40 PM
Twitter post from a litle while ago......

Daily Post Conwy ‏@DPConwyNews 1h

Very sorry to report that Homebase in Llandudno are consulting staff over possible closure. Up to 40 people could be affected.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on August 15, 2014, 10:11:49 PM
Homebase closed their store in Holyhead but B&M moved in pretty much straight away.  B&M have stores in Rhyl and Bangor but nothing in between so who knows what might happen.....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 16, 2014, 07:20:43 AM
 Just googled Homebase closures and sure enought they are closing stores as the leases come up and Llandudno gets a mention.
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Post by: Ian on August 16, 2014, 07:28:41 AM
"The retailer has 65 store leases coming up for renewal over the next five years, and says it is planning to close all but 25 of them. This will bring its store numbers to 300. The decision to halt expansion has come from bosses at HRG choosing to focus more on multi-channel development. "

Couldn't see any specific mention of Llandudno, though. It's been on the cards for some time, however.
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Post by: wrex on August 16, 2014, 07:41:11 AM
It was mentioned on a forum type site on the 7th aug

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Post by: wrex on August 16, 2014, 07:44:25 AM
Diy weekly
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Post by: Ian on August 16, 2014, 08:00:52 AM
That's where I took that quote from.  There was nothing in the actual quote about Llandudno that I could find. Was it a contribution by someone on the forum?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 16, 2014, 10:33:02 AM
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Just googled Homebase closures and sure enought they are closing stores as the leases come up and Llandudno gets a mention.

Good enough reason to increse my shareholding!   :D
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Post by: Yelboh on August 16, 2014, 12:53:43 PM
Interesting reading on the Internet shows that the Range is actively looking at Homebase sites.  They are retail park outlets, so they could be behind any proposed closure.  B&M are traditionally, but not exclusively, high street.  In the current climate though who knows!  Let's just keep our fingers crossed for the workers though.  It will be an incredibly difficult time for them currently.    ££$
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Post by: wrex on August 16, 2014, 01:38:21 PM
Lets hope Primark are given a look
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Post by: Yelboh on August 16, 2014, 04:24:14 PM
Just thinking Wrex whether Primark ever open on retail parks.  I can only recollect high st locations.
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Post by: wrex on August 16, 2014, 05:15:01 PM
I think B&M already sorted
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Post by: Fester on August 16, 2014, 07:54:59 PM
B&M are pretty low end consumables....  but quite an interesting addition.

The Range, though similar in terms of price points, have a sizeable range of furniture.   Reasonable quality too.
I would prefer The Range, as many people on a budget in this area could easily furnish an entire house or flat from The Range.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on August 17, 2014, 08:41:40 AM
There are pleny of bargains in our present shops.  We needed a storage unit to replace one that had seen better days, and last week dropped into Crest at Mostyn Broadway.  We found a superb storage and display unit with nice glass doors and even a writing slope when the RH door is let down.  It was as clean as a whistle and only had one small mark that will polish out.  Don't all rush but it cost me £22.50 delivered!   Now show me a better bargain than that?   It will certainly serve us well until we move into a smaller place.    ZXZ

Forgot to mention, I did have to haggle the price down!
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Post by: SteveH on August 17, 2014, 06:01:20 PM
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I think B&M already sorted
Just back from trip to Bangor, visited B&M first time, speaking to one of the staff, let slip "they hoped to get a transfer to the new Llandudno shop"  ??????? &shake&
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Post by: Dave on August 18, 2014, 10:30:32 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28825599 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28825599)

Homebase might shut in Llandudno.... a surprise ? Maybe not.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 19, 2014, 07:38:21 AM
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28825599 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28825599)

Homebase might shut in Llandudno.... a surprise ? Maybe not.

Home Retail Group are undertaking a big change with lots of Homebase Stores changing.   ZXZ
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Post by: Nemesis on August 19, 2014, 01:31:32 PM
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I think B&M already sorted
Just back from trip to Bangor, visited B&M first time, speaking to one of the staff, let slip "they hoped to get a transfer to the new Llandudno shop"  ??????? &shake&

Just back from Rhyl ( Agggh) and B&M. needed new cushions for the bases of some bedroom chairs. £48.00s worth for £16.00. Excellent value for what I needed. Bag of Shapes dog biscuits £1.00 cheaper than I usually pay. Who can grumble ?
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Post by: SteveH on August 19, 2014, 06:30:08 PM
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Perfect Dreams from Colwyn Bay  are going in Hoosons
Just heard, they hope by end of Oct.  bedroom furniture and beds only.

While in the Bay, we passed another bed shop   Caro-Maria heard a lot on the net, but knew little about them, not anymore, not a fancy place but, excellent staff, Vince spent over two hours demonstrating and explaining everything we needed to know.
We had gone out to buy new beds and had seen what we wanted, and knew the price, we ended up with a deal less than half of what we expected to pay,     top quality named brands and delivered C.O.D.
One happy chappie, def. recommend a visit if your on the lookout for beds.     :laugh:      :laugh:
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Post by: FatAndy on August 21, 2014, 02:02:06 PM
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Perfect Dreams from Colwyn Bay  are going in Hoosons
Just heard, they hope by end of Oct.  bedroom furniture and beds only.
While in the Bay, we passed another bed shop   Caro-Maria heard a lot on the net, but knew little about them, not anymore, not a fancy place but, excellent staff, Vince spent over two hours demonstrating and explaining everything we needed to know.
We had gone out to buy new beds and had seen what we wanted, and knew the price, we ended up with a deal less than half of what we expected to pay,     top quality named brands and delivered C.O.D.
One happy chappie, def. recommend a visit if your on the lookout for beds.     :laugh:      :laugh:

I've walked past Caro Marie loads of time during my lunch hour and it never looks like it's open.  I guess either the lighting is so dim that it looks like the shop is closed when it isn't or they close over lunch.  Not that it matters because I haven't been looking to buy a bed anytime recently.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on August 23, 2014, 09:10:00 PM
If you watch any commercial TV, especially over a Bank Holiday, you would think no one bought anything but sofas. It's every other advert. Hate to say this, but one of ours is over 30 years old. !
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Post by: Fester on August 23, 2014, 09:18:49 PM
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If you watch any commercial TV, especially over a Bank Holiday, you would think no one bought anything but sofas. It's every other advert. Hate to say this, but one of ours is over 30 years old. !

They were better made back then Nem.
Any you buy today wouldn't look as good after 30 DAYS!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Big Alan on August 24, 2014, 04:35:56 PM
Sale ends Sunday, starts Monday!
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Post by: SteveH on August 24, 2014, 05:01:52 PM

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I've walked past "Caro Marie" Beds loads of time during my lunch hour and it never looks like it's open.  I guess either the lighting is so dim that it looks like the shop is closed when it isn't or they close over lunch.  Not that it matters because I haven't been looking to buy a bed anytime recently.
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My order delivered all OK, I told the boss what you said ,(above) he's going to look into it.
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Post by: ormegolf on August 24, 2014, 09:44:35 PM
  That is if he can see to look into it with the lights being so dim
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 24, 2014, 09:50:25 PM
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Post by: Yelboh on August 26, 2014, 09:28:04 PM
Council have approved the planning application to turn the Super Bowl into a retail unit, namely TK Maxx.  Appears to be no love lost currently between parc Llandudno, who believe TK Maxx should be going into a unit on that corner piece of land that lay derelict for a while, and Mostyn Champneys.  TK Maxx say they quickly turned down the Parc Llandudno site due to it not having a suitable frontage.  Detail on daily post website.
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Post by: born2run on August 27, 2014, 10:56:26 AM
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Council have approved the planning application to turn the Super Bowl into a retail unit, namely TK Maxx.  Appears to be no love lost currently between parc Llandudno, who believe TK Maxx should be going into a unit on that corner piece of land that lay derelict for a while, and Mostyn Champneys.  TK Maxx say they quickly turned down the Parc Llandudno site due to it not having a suitable frontage.  Detail on daily post website.

Another loss on the list of "things to do in Llandudno"
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2014, 11:46:53 AM
Work now on-going inside the old chemists shop at Hooson's Corner, also at the sewing machine shop opposite.
The Red Cross shop next to Gimberts has a sold sign in the window.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 14, 2014, 10:11:01 PM
Phone retailer Phones4U collapses into administration after EE ends deal - 550 stores employing 6,000 will be shut tomorrow
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Post by: DaveR on September 15, 2014, 08:52:49 AM
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Phone retailer Phones4U collapses into administration after EE ends deal - 550 stores employing 6,000 will be shut tomorrow
Is the one in Llandudno next to Clares? I always get confused with that one and the one on the retail park by Costa.
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Post by: Nemesis on September 15, 2014, 08:54:10 AM
Think so.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: FatAndy on September 15, 2014, 09:02:53 AM
There's a branch of Phones 4U next to Clare's and also another one inside Currys/PC World on Mostyn Champneys.

It's a strange situation as they are a highly profitable business but Vodafone and EE have recently ended deals to supply them so effectively they now have no "stock" with which to continue trading.  Under the circumstances I can't see anyone wanting to take it on as a going concern and all the mobile operators have their own retail outlets so I can't see any of them being interesting in stepping in to help.   
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Post by: DaveR on September 15, 2014, 09:08:35 AM
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There's a branch of Phones 4U next to Clare's and also another one inside Currys/PC World on Mostyn Champneys.

It's a strange situation as they are a highly profitable business but Vodafone and EE have recently ended deals to supply them so effectively they now have no "stock" with which to continue trading.  Under the circumstances I can't see anyone wanting to take it on as a going concern and all the mobile operators have their own retail outlets so I can't see any of them being interesting in stepping in to help.
Yes, unfortunately for the staff, they seem to be doomed as a business. Since Vodafone, EE etc all started their own chains of shops, formerly useful companies like Phones 4 U suddenly became unwanted competitors really.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2014, 10:57:49 AM
The company said its stores, including Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Wrexham, will be closed today pending a decision by the administrators on whether the business can be reopened for trading.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/phones-4u-goes-administration-5500-7771271 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/phones-4u-goes-administration-5500-7771271)
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Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2014, 11:10:38 AM
North Wales Live Blog...today
CONSUMER: Shoppers are continuing to peel away from Welsh shops as the pressure facing the industry continues to grow, a new study has revealed. A monthly monitor of footfall to Welsh retailers saw a bigger fall in the number of shoppers in August in Wales, :  by 1.8% and outstripping the UK average fall of 1.1%.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on September 21, 2014, 09:56:26 PM
What is the latest on Homebase.
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Post by: FatAndy on September 23, 2014, 04:28:03 PM
It's been confirmed that all the North Wales branches of Phones 4U with the exception of Prestatyn and the one in Currys, Llandudno are to close.  Prestatyn is being taken over by Vodafone and Dixons Carphone are to employ all the former employees of Phones 4U branches located within branches of Currys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on September 24, 2014, 05:25:33 PM
Tommy's Hair Group to create 50 jobs with major expansion

A hairdressing group plans to become the first Welsh born franchise as it announces it will create 50 new jobs in the coming months.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/tommys-hair-group-create-50-7817941 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/tommys-hair-group-create-50-7817941)
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Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2014, 10:12:03 AM
300 job Llandudno Junction 'Sainsbury's' supermarket plan backed by council

A £40M supermarket project that would create 300 jobs has been backed by Conwy council which says it could use compulsory purchase orders to make it happen.

Conygar Investment Company PLC (Conygar), plan a retail and leisure planning application on a 14 acre site in Llandudno Junction known as the Old Brickworks.

The proposal is for a food retail outlet of around 90,000 gross sq ft – with Sainbury’s the front runner – and potentially four fast food outlets.

Now Conwy council’s cabinet has agreed to enter into an ‘overriding’ lease with the developer.

Members have also asked officers to work up to a Compulsory Purchase Order in order to assemble the land to deliver the scheme, although said this was a ‘last resort’.

They also want nearby lands held by Legal and General to be appropriated for planning purposes so as to deliver vehicular access to the Brickworks site.

A Conygar spokesman said: “The Conygar Investment Company PLC have entered into a lease with Conwy County Borough Council over the Old Brickworks site, Llandudno Junction.

“The council owned site, along with adjoining lands has been identified as a key strategic site for development and Conygar are progressing with a planning application for a food retail outlet, petrol filling station and fast food outlets.

“Conwy’s Cabinet recently approved that the Council enter into an overriding lease with Conygar to progress the development, which underlines the commitment by both the public and private sector to bring the site forward after nearly a decade since its initial identification as a significant development opportunity in the County. Recent progress by the Council has already resulted in one of the existing tenants looking to vacate the site and relocate elsewhere to continue trading.

“Conygar will continue this dialogue and will look to work with the remaining tenants to progress the project, which is anticipated to deliver a significant number of employment opportunities to the local community.”

A spokesperson for the Council’s Estates and Asset Management team said: “We have real momentum moving forward; the recent mandate to get on with the project is positive.

“The Cabinet also resolved that officers work up to a Compulsory Purchase Order in order to assemble the land to deliver the scheme and whilst using a CPO is the last resort in any development, it is something that the Council used in Colwyn Bay to deliver on its regeneration objectives.”

Robert Ware, chief executive at Conygar, said: “We are pleased to be working with the council on this significant project and are totally committed to bring it to fruition. “We intend to submit a planning application early in the New Year following a process of consultation including the holding of a public exhibition.”

A planning application will go before the planning committee of Conwy council in 2015.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/40m-llandudno-junction-supermarket-plan-7829907 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/40m-llandudno-junction-supermarket-plan-7829907)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on September 25, 2014, 10:22:01 AM
It will give them some practice, for the pier Pavilion situation.   WWW WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on September 25, 2014, 05:48:58 PM
I need a new dress shirt for a forthcoming event so I decided to look for one this afternoon.  I was greeted at M&S with a rail of full Dinner Suits priced at an amazing £50 each. As they are the kind of thing most of us hardly ever need I didn't want to spend a fortune on the shirt so this bode well. Not so, the suit might be £50 but a shirt to go with it was £45 ! I went elsewhere!
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Post by: SteveH on October 06, 2014, 02:03:50 PM
An article on changing shopping habits

The death of the weekly supermarket shop

 New Sainsbury's boss Mike Coupe said the industry had "changed beyond all recognition", with "customers shopping very differently to the way they were shopping even a year ago".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29442383 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29442383)
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Post by: SteveH on October 09, 2014, 08:37:04 AM
Number of UK High Street shops falls sharply
Town centres saw 964 net closures between January and September, two-and-a-half times the net reduction for the whole of 2013, according to the study by PwC and the Local Data Company.

Clothing shops were among the hardest hit while betting shops thrived
In total 365 traditional goods retailers, such as shoe and clothes shops, closed down in the first half of the year.

Conversely, the study which looked at 500 town centres, showed coffee shops, banks, pound shops, charity shops, convenience stores and American restaurants were among those opening the most outlets.
"We're heading for a High Street based around immediate consumption of food, goods and services or distress or convenience purchases," he added.
"Multiple retailers are continuing to close stores on High Streets in favour of retail parks and shopping centres.

"The bad news is that the significant decline in chain retailer numbers in town centres seen in 2012, which then slowed in 2013, has picked up again."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29546101 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29546101)


Similar link...http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article-2785729/Ghost-town-Britain-Internet-shopping-boom-sees-16-high-street-stores-close-day.html (http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article-2785729/Ghost-town-Britain-Internet-shopping-boom-sees-16-high-street-stores-close-day.html)



Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on October 10, 2014, 10:24:43 AM
Lidl and Aldi supermarket chains increase empires across North Wales
The German discounters now have 19 stores across the region with plans in pipeline for more

Shoppers forced to adjust their spending habits and seek ways to cut their food bills.
This has helped pave the way for the rise of German supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl.

In North Wales the firms now have 19 stores between them and plans in the pipeline to add to that number - further increasing their market share.

The major supermarket chains are attempting to react to the competition and over the last few days Morrisons announced they will price match their rivals, including Lidl and Aldi.

The discounters – Aldi, Lidl and the likes of Poundland – are expected to almost double their UK sales to £21.4bn within five years, according to industry body IGD.

This comes as market leader Tesco has seen its market share fall from 30% in May 2013 to 29% this May.

Some commentators believe the discounters’ share of the market could rise to as much as 20% – making them the equal of Asda and Sainsbury’s today.

Aldi’s sales rose 29.5% over the past year to achieve a 4.8% market share.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/lidl-aldi-increase-empires-across-7901495 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/lidl-aldi-increase-empires-across-7901495)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 10:31:17 AM
I did not think the big boys would sit still for to long.....

Morrisons...."We now price match to Aldi and Lidl.....as well as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda"
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on October 26, 2014, 11:15:11 AM
Another DIG at the big supermarkets, a bit longwinded but....

"Two German discount chains, Aldi and Lidl, acted as the immediate nemesis of the fat, smug, greedy status quo of British food retail. They dealt a deadly blow to our familiar chains by exposing just how expensive they really are and continue to shave grocery market share off them. Before the discounters appeared, most British consumers swallowed the attractive proposition that UK supermarkets offer unbeatable value for money. In truth, they overcharge routinely, putting a minimum 30% mark-up on everything they sell, although the most egregious margins are systematically squeezed from sales of fruit and vegetables.

Our indigenous UK supermarket oligopoly got away with this because it talked in a labyrinthine “price-matching” language of loyalty cards, vouchers and points, guaranteed to tie even the most diligent price comparer in knots. When the German chains arrived in town with clear, unequivocal low prices, our native chains were exposed as grasping opportunists.

Once you know that Lidl can sell three pomegranates for £1.25, why on earth would you stump up £1 each elsewhere?

And when the penny drops that Aldi charges you 98p for a kilo of satsumas, a corrosive worm of suspicion lodges in the brain as to why Tesco wants you to pay £2.50 for the same thing."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/26/supermarkets-reign-is-over-hail-the-independents (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/26/supermarkets-reign-is-over-hail-the-independents)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Micox on October 26, 2014, 05:17:17 PM
Whatever happened to Quicks?  ?{}? ?{}? ?{}?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 26, 2014, 08:14:16 PM
Old Hoosons looks nice after a lick of paint and all that white covering has gone.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 27, 2014, 07:15:11 AM
Tesco at the Junction are increasing the price of a coffee (cappuccino) in the Cafe by 70 pence a cup as from Wednesday.  This is due to the present franchise moving to Costa Coffee.

The present cappuccino is quite good as some of us know.
 :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 27, 2014, 04:55:07 PM
people from the goldmine seen in old red cross shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on October 27, 2014, 05:14:41 PM
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people from the goldmine seen in old red cross shop

There wasn't seven of them was there?  With a pretty blond haired young lady?

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Snow White's in town!    ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on October 27, 2014, 08:17:22 PM
   Tesco,Asda, Sainsbury,Morrison ---- they are all the same.

   Think again. One particular facility provided by Tesco and Asda. But Tesco, every little helps, is. Not too sure of my mathematical percentage terms here, but I THINK its 1000 per cent dearer than in Asda.

    Air for your car tyre. Tesco £1-00. Asda 10 p.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 03, 2014, 02:39:00 PM
The Snowdonia Adventure outdoor shop next to the Library is closing down.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on November 03, 2014, 03:19:28 PM
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The Snowdonia Adventure outdoor shop next to the Library is closing down. 

Shame... :( ...Are the Mostyn St. rents high?....a start up scheme would be good for business, a couple of years low rent, gradually increasing, might give people a chance, better than empty shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 03, 2014, 03:56:03 PM
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The Snowdonia Adventure outdoor shop next to the Library is closing down. 

Shame... :( ...Are the Mostyn St. rents high?....a start up scheme would be good for business, a couple of years low rent, gradually increasing, might give people a chance, better than empty shops.
Rents range from about £30k to £100k a year. Sadly, most of the shops are owned by pension funds etc, who have no interest in having a vibrant local high street. Business rates are also a major factor, far too high to allow a family business to expand onto Mostyn St without taking a big risk.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on November 03, 2014, 04:42:51 PM
Thank you D.   Pension funds were a surprise, I thought it was Mostyn estates ....looking up Business rates I found this old piece http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/business-rates-rise-shock-new-2648330   Short term thinking, and if they reintroduced it, nobody would trust them again without written agreements .
I do not think the "Chains" would complain if new businesses were given a helping hand, better that than the street dying.
Forgot to mention the rents, even the lowest is scary for an untried business.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 03, 2014, 05:02:48 PM
Such a shame,another empty unit,with no sign of any movement on the 6 empty shops it looks like we are going to have a lot more joining the exodus.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on November 03, 2014, 05:51:08 PM
How long has the old Timothy whites shop been empty ,phones 4u and across the road ,so much could be done with Mostyn st ,  if only .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: welshwiz on November 04, 2014, 05:44:43 PM
All the Snowdonia shops in north Wales appear to have closed.
Not sure why!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 04, 2014, 09:35:01 PM
   And there is me holding a credit note for a retuned item. Very very rare that I have ever had one of these. If I take an item back  anywhere I always exchange for something else, but I couldn't find anything in Snowdonia I needed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on November 05, 2014, 12:16:36 PM
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   And there is me holding a credit note for a retuned item. Very very rare that I have ever had one of these. If I take an item back  anywhere I always exchange for something else, but I couldn't find anything in Snowdonia I needed.

That might be why it went out of business!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 07, 2014, 12:15:54 PM
The new Perfect Dreams shop has certainly improved the look of Hoosons Corner:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 07, 2014, 02:02:39 PM
Agreed-----lovely to walk past and not see the mess in the doorways.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 08, 2014, 10:34:19 AM
Julian Graves old shop in the Victoria centre has opened up again as a calendar shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Hugo on November 08, 2014, 10:58:06 AM
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Julian Graves old shop in the Victoria centre has opened up again as a calendar shop.

If there are any Beckham calendars there don't tell Hollins or else she'll be there and will buy the lot!       ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on November 08, 2014, 11:05:04 AM
 ;D :D 8) :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Hugo on November 08, 2014, 01:35:44 PM
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Julian Graves old shop in the Victoria centre has opened up again as a calendar shop.

If there are any Beckham calendars there don't tell Hollins or else she'll be there and will buy the lot!       ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on November 08, 2014, 01:39:46 PM
Ha! I wish! Actually I prefer him with a top on as I don't like tattoos but nice thought Hugo.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 08, 2014, 02:59:09 PM
  First time I have ever seen one of these. A "car boot sale" in a shop, minus the car of course. It's on Abergele Road in Colwyn Bay. If anyone has any bits and bobs to sell you wander it, pay a fee, presumably daily, and spread your stuff out. Considering its early November there were a reasonable number of customers wandering around.
  I don't imagine this ever spreading to Mostyn Street but I suppose it's preferable to an empty shop in a less desirable retail area
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 08, 2014, 06:47:24 PM
Mike, it just sounds like a table-top, or jumble sale type thing?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on November 08, 2014, 07:03:24 PM
  Yes I suppose it is. Its just the idea of someone paying for space in a proper shop which was new to me. But I suppose that is more or less what a jumble sale is
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 09, 2014, 07:00:38 PM
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  Yes I suppose it is. Its just the idea of someone paying for space in a proper shop which was new to me. But I suppose that is more or less what a jumble sale is

Yes, I see what you mean, you would usually expect to see them in Church Hall, Civic centres etc...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 11, 2014, 01:43:44 PM
The 'spare 1/2' of The Wool Corner on the corner of Madoc St and Lloyd Street was being fitted and stocked this morning as a discount clothes and shoe shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on November 12, 2014, 10:38:40 AM
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Sainsburys are opening a superstore in Llandudno Junction, on the old Brickworks site behind Cineworld.

Fingers crossed....

Sainsbury's mothballs shop plans and reports fall in sales
Sainsbury's has reined back plans for new stores and said the change in plans has affected its balance sheet.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30016027 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30016027)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 18, 2014, 07:05:59 PM
The old Courts shop belonging to Mostyn estates seems to have lost its TO LET signs,there is no let sign up so i am only speculating,maybe as there is no 2014 start on the Tudno Castle Prezzo are moving in.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Greyhound on November 18, 2014, 10:12:53 PM
Mostyn Estates own website does say the property has been let stc. Wonder who it could be? It'a very prominent site, so hope it's good.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: BMD on November 21, 2014, 06:52:34 PM
A thumbs-up from me to the Village Farm Shop in Rhos. I discovered, a few days ago, that they have a little kitchen in the back where they bake small quantities of scones, etc. I bought a cheese scone (still warm) and a piece of shortbread. Absolutely delicious. Great to see businesses like this flourishing.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 26, 2014, 10:09:48 AM
Just noticed the 'new' shop on the corner of Mostyn St and Trinity Square. Pre-owned labelled clothes. Couldn't see much as I was driving and it wasn't open.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on November 26, 2014, 10:25:38 AM
I saw that a few weeks ago, don't know if it's a donation or cash for clothes thing. I've got some Superdry shirts that need casting off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 26, 2014, 04:28:48 PM
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Just noticed the 'new' shop on the corner of Mostyn St and Trinity Square. Pre-owned labelled clothes. Couldn't see much as I was driving and it wasn't open.

The big sell is £2 for one item, £5 for three items and £10 for seven items.  I could get a whole new wardrobe for 25 quid.    _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 26, 2014, 04:51:38 PM
They don't sell wardrobes, you need to go to Crest for that Yorkie!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2014, 05:52:33 PM
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They don't sell wardrobes, you need to go to Crest for that Yorkie!  ;D
:laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on November 26, 2014, 06:04:45 PM
Quality shop will blend in well with the xmas lights,bog island,bog shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on November 26, 2014, 08:18:39 PM
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They don't sell wardrobes, you need to go to Crest for that Yorkie!  ;D

Don't need wardrobes, ours are all fitted.

The shop sells second hand or maybe bankrupt stock fashion goods. 

Do you like the hat? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 27, 2014, 08:55:33 AM
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Just noticed the 'new' shop on the corner of Mostyn St and Trinity Square. Pre-owned labelled clothes. Couldn't see much as I was driving and it wasn't open.

The big sell is £2 for one item, £5 for three items and £10 for seven items.  I could get a whole new wardrobe for 25 quid.    _))*

There is often a market stall around the area and there has been a 'pop up' shop in the Bay Centre with those kind of prices. Items look to be second hand, but are on hangers and clothed in plastic !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: BMD on November 27, 2014, 04:31:47 PM
Just noticed a new little bakery/deli tucked away in Colwyn Bay (at least I think it's new - can't remember seeing it before). It's opposite Wetherspoons, just past Penrhyn Road junction. It was closing, so I didn't get a good look inside.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2014, 05:27:03 PM
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Just noticed a new little bakery/deli tucked away in Colwyn Bay (at least I think it's new - can't remember seeing it before). It's opposite Wetherspoons, just past Penrhyn Road junction. It was closing, so I didn't get a good look inside.
Think there's a small cafe attached to it too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2014, 05:27:25 PM
Code Cosmetics have closed their shop in the Victoria Centre.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on November 28, 2014, 09:26:55 AM
Code Cosmetics lasted a year - here's the DP story when it opened a year ago.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bucking-trend-llandudno-welcomes-several-6327364 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bucking-trend-llandudno-welcomes-several-6327364)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2014, 09:31:23 AM
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Code Cosmetics lasted a year - here's the DP story when it opened a year ago.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bucking-trend-llandudno-welcomes-several-6327364 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bucking-trend-llandudno-welcomes-several-6327364)
It's always a shame when a local business doesn't make it.  :( Competiton is so intense these days, and rents/rates are a killer for everyone apart from the big corporates. I do think Business Rates should be calculated according to the turnover of the shop or parent company to make it a far fairer system for local businesses.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on November 28, 2014, 09:40:48 AM
There is rate relief available for start up businesses I think, not sure what hoops you have to jump through to qualify for it.

Things must have been bad if they're closing before Christmas, you'd have thought they would do anything to just make it another month.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on November 28, 2014, 09:35:57 PM
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Just noticed the 'new' shop on the corner of Mostyn St and Trinity Square. Pre-owned labelled clothes. Couldn't see much as I was driving and it wasn't open.

The big sell is £2 for one item, £5 for three items and £10 for seven items.  I could get a whole new wardrobe for 25 quid.    _))*

Hmm, who knows?   Perhaps the guy near the Railway Station who pays you for your sack full of old clothes, picks the best ones out and sells them again?   Just a thought!

Also, Code Cosmetics..... Badgers..... Julian Graves..... there won't be anything left open in the VC soon!

There is often a market stall around the area and there has been a 'pop up' shop in the Bay Centre with those kind of prices. Items look to be second hand, but are on hangers and clothed in plastic !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on November 29, 2014, 07:50:45 AM
The Snowdonia Clothes shop by the library has a closing down sale and I also notice the ladies fashion shop has closed down where Forfars used to be.

When one passes the old Betty's Fabrics shop one can often hear what sounds like work going on inside. Nothing can be seen because of the wonderful painted external windows.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on December 02, 2014, 12:11:05 PM
Who is opening the furniture shop corner of Vaughan st ,walked past this morning ,beds/sofas ready to unwrap .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 02, 2014, 02:40:45 PM
Which side Norman08?  The one on the same side as the post office was supposed to be earmarked for the BHF, but the signs went and new To let ones went up, so I don't know what happened there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 08, 2014, 11:39:21 AM
TK Maxx take over of bowling centre at Parc Llandudno is done and dusted.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on December 08, 2014, 01:57:43 PM
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TK Maxx take over of bowling centre at Parc Llandudno is done and dusted.

They only put on their facebook the other day that the rumours were rubbish and they are open as usual  :'(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: norman08 on December 08, 2014, 02:11:01 PM
No nemesis the one next to paynes , so the bowling alley is going another indoor place lost ,
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 08, 2014, 04:53:39 PM
Tom, please note Seldons Superbowl is on Mostyn Champneys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 08, 2014, 05:02:15 PM
Right you are Bri! You can tell Colwyn Bay is my patch...

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 10, 2014, 09:54:39 AM
Confirmation today in the Post that Homebase in Llandudno is to close, with the loss of 40 jobs.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on December 10, 2014, 10:01:43 AM
That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 10, 2014, 11:49:49 AM
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That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town.

It is indeed very sad, and I have spent much in Homebase over the years.

I always found that their products were a tad better than B&Q, and they had nicely designed furniture, garden furniture, kitchenware and soft furnishings too.
Obviously I was in the minority.   :( :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on December 10, 2014, 12:03:36 PM
I always thought Homebase was pretty good too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 10, 2014, 02:27:17 PM
Same here!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 10, 2014, 04:14:05 PM
I thought we where getting another tat shop BandM store,so jobs are not lost.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on December 10, 2014, 05:01:07 PM
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That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town.

Not really bad for the town as the planned closures of a number of Homebase stores was made some time ago.  The shareholders are quite happy as the overall plans for the Home Retail Group are very attractive.  Many HB stores will remain and greater investment is being made in the Argos side of the Business.  A loss here is regretable but there will be a gain somewhere else. Maybe we will get another cafe!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: born2run on December 10, 2014, 05:11:13 PM
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That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town.

Not really bad for the town as the planned closures of a number of Homebase stores was made some time ago.  The shareholders are quite happy as the overall plans for the Home Retail Group are very attractive.  Many HB stores will remain and greater investment is being made in the Argos side of the Business.  A loss here is regretable but there will be a gain somewhere else. Maybe we will get another cafe!    ZXZ

Another coffee shop with wifi you mean, so people can sip their 3 quid coffees and order cheaper goods off amazon
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Gwynant on December 10, 2014, 07:21:06 PM
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That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town.

Not really bad for the town as the planned closures of a number of Homebase stores was made some time ago.  The shareholders are quite happy as the overall plans for the Home Retail Group are very attractive.  Many HB stores will remain and greater investment is being made in the Argos side of the Business.  A loss here is regretable but there will be a gain somewhere else. Maybe we will get another cafe!    ZXZ

Another coffee shop with wifi you mean, so people can sip their 3 quid coffees and order cheaper goods off amazon

      I have spoken to staff in B & M stores in Bangor and Holyhead recently and both sources said that B & M would be opening in Champneys Llandudno as soon as the confirmation of the closure of Homebase had been finalised. The Bangor source was also the one that correctly confirmed that the opening of B & M in Homebase Holyhead was going ahead back in May well before it was announced.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Greyhound on December 12, 2014, 11:27:30 AM
I noticed in the Pioneer an advert regarding the former William Glover store in Mostyn Street saying 'coming soon, new levels of rest and relaxation' and to keep an eye out in the nest edition for more info. Does anyone know about this? That teasing reference could stand for either a new furniture shop or even a spa I guess. It's a mystery. Big shop though and not one I would like to rent if I didn't have a solid business idea. The rent and rates will be huge.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 12, 2014, 01:27:11 PM
If you walk past the shop, you will see a few beds and matresses already in there on the floor and also up against the wall.

We noticed them at least a couple of weeks ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Gwynant on December 12, 2014, 02:08:14 PM
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I noticed in the Pioneer an advert regarding the former William Glover store in Mostyn Street saying 'coming soon, new levels of rest and relaxation' and to keep an eye out in the nest edition for more info. Does anyone know about this? That teasing reference could stand for either a new furniture shop or even a spa I guess. It's a mystery. Big shop though and not one I would like to rent if I didn't have a solid business idea. The rent and rates will be huge.

            I walked past there this morning and there were some guys working inside and a load of posters on the windows about "the benefits of a good night's sleep", "how long the average person spends in bed", etc, etc, so I think it's a safe bet it's going to be (another) bed shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 12, 2014, 03:49:16 PM
North wales beds in there.I noticed workers in the old Manor food shop today,might just be cleaning it.The Portuguese are busy trying to open,good luck to them and Snooze bar has workers in there but no sign of opening.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Greyhound on December 12, 2014, 04:37:04 PM
Where is The Portuguese?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 12, 2014, 05:16:17 PM
old Dr Jones next to the London
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 13, 2014, 08:52:26 AM
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North wales beds in there.I noticed workers in the old Manor food shop today,might just be cleaning it.The Portuguese are busy trying to open,good luck to them and Snooze bar has workers in there but no sign of opening.

My OH was told by staff at the Fountain that Mostyn Estates were cleaning it up, but they didn't know why.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 18, 2014, 04:02:25 PM
More than just a clean up in Manor foods,not sure why Mostyn estates are involved though
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on December 21, 2014, 10:52:24 AM
Mostyn Estates now have no empty shops available in Llandudno,what a shame they don;t own the empty ones in Mostyn st
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Mr Tunnock on December 22, 2014, 06:59:35 PM
We've just spent an hour and a bit in Tesco Bangor, very busy but not an uncomfortable time to be fair.
Plenty of fresh stock and plenty of tills open so we were out in no time.
It was worth the trip there instead of the Junction branch.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on December 23, 2014, 08:12:18 AM
Where the Bangor Tesco scores highly is in the interior space. The aisles are quite a bit wider and the parking is also better.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on December 23, 2014, 10:42:22 AM
Passed M&S this morning at 8.30am and it looked to be heaving. Asda was busy, but all the tills were open and things kept moving.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Hugo on December 23, 2014, 11:12:23 AM
My wife was in Asda yesterday and said the place was heaving with people and the car park was grid locked. It took her ages just trying to park there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 23, 2014, 12:02:24 PM
Mrs R went at 6am yesterday morning to beat the queues.

I politely asked her not to make too much noise when she returned home.

.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 23, 2014, 01:42:38 PM
So thoughtful!  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 23, 2014, 09:21:54 PM
Been in M&S this evening at about 6.30, parked on Trinity Square, plenty on the shelves......did the same last year but I will never tell anyone else about it as I want the same comfort next year!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on December 25, 2014, 06:57:50 PM
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Been in M&S this evening at about 6.30, parked on Trinity Square, plenty on the shelves......did the same last year but I will never tell anyone else about it as I want the same comfort next year!!

Hmm, well, we will ALL be seeing you at the same place, same time next year!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2015, 09:20:14 AM
The BANK fashion store on the Retail Park is at risk of closure following the parent company entering Administration:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bank-stores-llandudno-wrexham-risk-8386476 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bank-stores-llandudno-wrexham-risk-8386476)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 07, 2015, 07:34:27 AM
DaveR you really must try and find some good news,try a word with Mr Hillier.ha
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 07, 2015, 08:44:56 AM
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DaveR you really must try and find some good news,try a word with Mr Hillier.ha
:laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 07, 2015, 09:43:41 PM
91 Mostyn st under offer,not sure which shop it is though and both in Clonmel st under offer,DaveR thats better lol
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2015, 08:40:09 AM
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91 Mostyn st under offer,not sure which shop it is though and both in Clonmel st under offer,DaveR thats better lol
91 Mostyn Street is the old New Look/Publishers Book Clearance shop.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2015, 08:41:07 AM
I see that Tesco is closing 43 stores and shelving plans to open another 49.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30712762 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30712762)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on January 10, 2015, 11:13:07 AM
No results for new tennants of 91 Mostyn st yet DaveR,standards are slipping,what about shop next to Fountains,even Fester has given up prying,come on lads lol.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on January 10, 2015, 12:10:36 PM
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I see that Tesco is closing 43 stores and shelving plans to open another 49.


Hope you bought your shares before the announcement!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Barney Baker on January 10, 2015, 09:58:39 PM
the old badgers café has workmen doing workmen things
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2015, 02:01:21 PM
Lots of refurbishment work going on in the new British heart Foundation shop down by Bog Island.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 31, 2015, 02:17:44 PM
The former Badgers Cafe is now open with every seat taken when we passed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 13, 2015, 10:57:46 AM
The former 'second hand store' next to D. Roberts' shoes has lights, pieces of wood and workpeople around this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 13, 2015, 01:41:21 PM
Re my last post :-
A sign says
Turkish Barber Opening Soon
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on February 13, 2015, 03:26:10 PM
If he does haircuts really well will he be a Turkish Delight?

Sorry...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on February 13, 2015, 03:38:32 PM
Perhaps he will have assistants named Rose and Lemon ! ??? _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 13, 2015, 04:08:46 PM
Or, if he goes out, delights on but no one is at home! 😃
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on February 13, 2015, 04:46:22 PM
Must find that groan smiley...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on February 13, 2015, 05:07:52 PM
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Must find that groan smiley...

Perhaps any of these might be appropriate?

 ))* >?>??  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 13, 2015, 06:44:16 PM
Turkish massage in the backroom  WWW WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on February 16, 2015, 04:56:06 PM
I had the pleasure of using a Middle Eastern barber for 3 years when I worked in Egypt. You didn't just get your hair cut; ear-hair, eyebrows, nose-hair, cutthroat razor trim all followed up with a hot towel. Reminds me of the old days... anything for the week-end Sir?.. :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on February 16, 2015, 09:16:43 PM
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I had the pleasure of using a Middle Eastern barber for 3 years when I worked in Egypt. You didn't just get your hair cut; ear-hair, eyebrows, nose-hair, cutthroat razor trim all followed up with a hot towel. Reminds me of the old days... anything for the week-end Sir?.. :o

Still available in London, and you just can't beat a wet cut throat shave followed by hot towels.  Bliss.
👑
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on February 17, 2015, 01:50:05 PM
Blongeb it is many a long year since I heard those words. I was an easily embarrassed youngster around my late teens, I lomged to say yes but I always said no
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on February 20, 2015, 07:52:01 AM
Still 91 Mostyn st under offer,can;t find anyother news,
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 25, 2015, 05:23:58 PM
I see the Red Cross shop has sold on it again,it must be the fourth time it has supposidly gone,let keep our fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Blongb on March 26, 2015, 09:31:04 PM
Johnsons the Dry Cleaners in Lloyd Street has closed down
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Tom Davidson on March 27, 2015, 09:15:54 AM
And I was just thinking my suits need dry-cleaned :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on March 27, 2015, 09:36:20 AM
Don't bother taking it to Rhyl. It's closed there as well
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 27, 2015, 10:24:36 AM
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And I was just thinking my suits need dry-cleaned :(

There is another established dry cleaners in Madoc Street.


Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on March 28, 2015, 06:51:24 PM
Well, if it is good enough for Maureen Lipman then it is good enough for mum and me. Today we braved a windy pier to make an emergency visit to the excellent Llandudno Emporium for supplies of the Sleep Aid lotion which has proved a lifesaver for mum's friend.
We were served by a very knowledgeable fellow who gave mum a hug and a discount which made her day.
We can highly recommend the product, the shop and the shopkeeper.
 $good$ :) $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on March 29, 2015, 12:59:18 PM
Hi Hollins...

I had been looking forward to meet your Mum, and what a great pleasure it was.
What a fantastic lady, I could talk with her all day.
I hope you both find yourselves down this way again, very soon.

Mum's are very important, I know mine is..... so here's to Mothers!   Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Yorkie on March 29, 2015, 04:47:44 PM
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And I was just thinking my suits need dry-cleaned :(

There is another established dry cleaners in Madoc Street.

Tony Johnson, nice guy, been there for years.

 ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on March 30, 2015, 07:03:19 AM
Apparently its the Gold ine again that is having the old Red Cross shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Karen and Derek on April 04, 2015, 11:59:30 AM
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Apparently its the Gold ine again that is having the old Red Cross shop.


What kind of shop is Gold ine?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 04, 2015, 12:30:44 PM
Mine sorry
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 11, 2015, 11:00:40 AM
The old Milletts shop is covered in scaffold and the to let signs have gone    ???????
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 12, 2015, 03:31:34 PM
TKMAK LOOKS VERY NICE
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on April 12, 2015, 03:41:43 PM
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TKMAK LOOKS VERY NICE
Yes I was bowled over when I saw it too !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 14, 2015, 07:11:30 AM
Had the units below Travelodge been let surely one would have started by now,however there are no to let signs,not sure what to make of this one,its not as if the project finished early,on facebook one person said a Tapas one side and a Co-Op the other.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 15, 2015, 08:04:00 PM
Nice to see Mostyn estates are in possesion of the old Millets store,good chance of it being let.Tkmak opens in june,just enought time to sort out the traffic congestion
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 15, 2015, 10:01:09 PM
It is let !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 16, 2015, 07:24:43 AM
How do you know that Nem.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 16, 2015, 08:22:28 AM
Something I was informed about this week, it will soon be public knowledge. Till then, my lips are sealed !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Dave on April 16, 2015, 10:16:10 AM
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Tkmak opens in june,just enought time to sort out the traffic congestion
And does it need sorting. Ridiculous over the Easter holidays again. On each change of lights with only 6-7 cars escaping through the traffic lights by Macdonalds the traffic backs up right through the car park. Escaping at the other end is just as chaotic as you take your chances with obscured views, cars travelling at speed and lack of indication as you try to exit the junction.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2015, 10:18:30 AM
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Tkmak opens in june,just enought time to sort out the traffic congestion
And does it need sorting. Ridiculous over the Easter holidays again. On each change of lights with only 6-7 cars escaping through the traffic lights by Macdonalds the traffic backs up right through the car park. Escaping at the other end is just as chaotic as you take your chances with obscured views, cars travelling at speed and lack of indication as you try to exit the junction.
The whole place is best avoided!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 18, 2015, 12:23:17 PM
Who is going in Ethel Austins,it has been under offer for ages and seems to have been cleaned up.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 20, 2015, 08:42:13 PM
Interesting this evening,you know i have said that Ethel Austins has been under offer for the last couple of months,well it has been cleaned up now and who do i see exiting there this evening,Mr Hillier,i really should get a life.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 21, 2015, 11:59:27 AM
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Interesting this evening,you know i have said that Ethel Austins has been under offer for the last couple of months,well it has been cleaned up now and who do i see exiting there this evening,Mr Hillier,i really should get a life.
I saw it was all getting tidied up yesterday. Interesting how Mostyn Estates seem to have quite an aggressive policy of buying up vacant shop units along Mostyn Street.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2015, 09:39:42 AM
The former Milletts shop on Mostyn Street is to be taken by Hope House/Ty Gobaith.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 23, 2015, 12:56:54 PM
Today, workers appear to be removing the former kiddie's play area outside TK Maxx/ Iceland.

At a guess, I would say it is likely to be replaced with disabled car parking.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on April 23, 2015, 04:26:57 PM
Already marked out for car parking
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on April 23, 2015, 07:41:24 PM
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The former Milletts shop on Mostyn Street is to be taken by Hope House/Ty Gobaith.

Dave...........you have blown my cover ! I have kept that quiet for 8 months or more.

NOW We desperately need more volunteers for any aspect of help to man a shop of that size.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 27, 2015, 09:19:23 AM
Meant to post this article the other day:

Mostyn Estates investment vehicle buys up Llandudno units
09:22, 22 April 2015 By Owen Hughes

A landowner is planning a retail revolution to keep a seaside town centre thriving.

Llandudno is already one of the most successful shopping destinations in Wales with unit vacancy rates of around 6% - compared with 15% nationally.

Landowner Mostyn Estates has helped with this success story holding the freehold of the majority of the commercial town centre

Now they have also formed an investment vehicle to buy up units in a bid to increase its influence on filling up town centre units.

It has seen the number of retail holdings held by Mostyn and the investment vehicle in the town centre increase from 25 to 36.

This has seen them help to fill a number of key sites in the town that had been left vacant for years.

Edward Hiller, managing director of Mostyn Estates, said: “We control the ground leases across the estate but have had quite a limited influence on the occupational side.

“What we recognise is that in order to realise an ambition and vision for the town we need to be able to implement change to get there.

“We set up an investment vehicle and embarked on buying up a number of units on Mostyn Street and elsewhere.

“In Mostyn Street five years ago we had three holdings, now we are up to 10 or so on that street and in addition we have acquired other units in the town.”

They now have 36 units in the town centre, excluding those on Mostyn Champneys and Parc Llandudno.

Edward added: “We have increased our influence and we are looking to grow that further.

“You want to see a town going in a certain direction. You have to appreciate the range of retailers and the dynamic range of retailers you are looking to attract and what retailers customers and visitors to the town want here.

“You then say ‘right let’s go out there’ and listen to the retailers and what they think and what they want.”

He added: “The town needs a blend of high street multiple and independent, the under 35s are very name brand driven, while the over 50s have a leaning to independent stores.

“We don’t want an identikit town but if we just have independents here you have alienated your youth, we have to get the blend right and if it isn’t right move it in that direction.

“When you have 36 units you can be pro-active.”

He added: “For Llandudno we have learnt what our advantages are, this is a place people enjoy shopping in.

“We need to anticipate what the market might be looking like in the future, how it is evolving, you need to be ahead of the game.

“We are going out to retailers and asking ‘what might be interesting in a town with this target market’. We need to persuade retailers to invest.”

An example of this positive retail engineering can be seen at North Western gardens.

Edward said: “In this area we put in a Starbucks to attract to that under 30s market.

“We are putting in David Forte opposite with a gelateria and he is investing significantly in that, it will be a really attractive offer.

“Then we have chocolatier Maisies opening next to Starbucks in three or four weeks.

“We now have a very interesting group of retailers.”

He added: “This brings us to Tudno Castle, which will happen.

"It will bring together Parc Llandudno and Mostyn Street into a seamless entity and I think this is vital to the future of the town because it is that mix of high street multiple and independent.

“This is not just about us, it is about us and everyone else investing.”

At the other end of the town they have bought the former Millets store, the Cotton Traders unit, the former book publishers shop and old Red Cross shop.

Hope House/Ty Gobaith are expanding into the old Millets store with Gold Store expanding into the former Red Cross shop while the Sweet Emporium has added a second shop in another unit bought by the investment vehicle.

Edward added: “There is a real entrepreneurial spirit in Llandudno and a great civic pride here as well, there is pride on our town and they sell it well.”

David Forte, owner of Forte’s in Llandudno, which will open the new gelateria, said: “The investment by Mostyn shows the confidence that they have in the town.

“They are also committed to retaining the traditional element of the town which is such an important part of the offer.

“We think that tourism in North Wales is becoming ever more popular and Llandudno is an anchor town in the region for tourists. Its history and tradition means it is timeless.

“This investment from us shows the confidence we have in the town and this end of the town, it will see us create 10 additional jobs in the town.

“We would be interested in investing further in the town if the right opportunity comes along.”

Graeme Kerr, from Maisies chocolatiers, said the move to Vaughan Street should help them attract more holidaymakers.

He said: “We have done well since opening on Madoc Street but are looking forward to opening in this new location.

“This is turning into a niche quarter for food with Starbucks opening here and the ice cream parlour to open opposite us.”

James Cassidy, manager at Cotton Traders on Mostyn Street, said: “Llandudno is our flagship store and we have seen sales going up this year. The filling up of units around the store will really help this part of Llandudno.

“We love being in Llandudno, I am passionate about the town and other retailers feel the same. We are not just selling ourselves, we sell the town as well.”

The Gold Store is set to move to a larger store in the summer - tripling the size of their operation.

Amanda Thomasson said this would see them increase staff numbers by three. She said that filling up units was helping that end of the town.

The Sweet Emporium has opened a store on Mostyn Road, adding to its shop in the Victoria Centre. Manager Elaine Corfield said: “When this store become available we moved quickly to secure the site.

“It saw us create more jobs and we have found that it has not damaged trade at the other shop as we get different people coming here with more visitors coming in.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/mostyn-estates-investment-vehicle-buys-9094616 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/mostyn-estates-investment-vehicle-buys-9094616)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 27, 2015, 11:47:59 AM
If they are serious about keeping the town thriving, perhaps they should have invested in buying Llandudno Pier?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on April 27, 2015, 01:02:34 PM
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If they are serious about keeping the town thriving, perhaps they should have invested in buying Llandudno Pier?
That's a very good point. The Pier is focal to the town's success as a resort. If a new owner is intent upon sending the pier downmarket, that could have serious repercussions for the town's image.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on June 09, 2015, 08:33:18 PM
Shop situation has gone dead,glad to see Mr Hillier around the Animal shop tonight and of course TKMakk opens thursday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on June 10, 2015, 10:15:44 AM
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Shop situation has gone dead,glad to see Mr Hillier around the Animal shop tonight and of course TKMakk opens thursday.
Not too many empty ones at the moment, Wrex, we're doing better than most towns.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: ormegolf on June 10, 2015, 03:03:34 PM
  I don,t know about the Williams family being intent on taking the pier downmarket. Hold on Dave, give them a chance to catch their breath. It's not every day a private company splashes out with four million.
  Actually the pier has been through a period of perceived downmarket activity. Remember back to around 1970, golden goose arcade arrives, pavilion turns into a night club, honky tonk jazz bands at the end. Was it first lea sure that owned it then? Dave will know, he was more or less in charge. They hot footed it from the North pier in Blackpoll
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on June 10, 2015, 07:59:20 PM
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  I don,t know about the Williams family being intent on taking the pier downmarket. Hold on Dave, give them a chance to catch their breath. It's not every day a private company splashes out with four million.
  Actually the pier has been through a period of perceived downmarket activity. Remember back to around 1970, golden goose arcade arrives, pavilion turns into a night club, honky tonk jazz bands at the end. Was it first lea sure that owned it then? Dave will know, he was more or less in charge. They hot footed it from the North pier in Blackpoll
You're quite right, Mike. I was being too hasty in judging the new owner, I'm sure he has good intentions.

It was Trusthouse Forte Leisure that bought the Pier back in 1969. They had a policy of buying up piers around the UK and 'modernising' them with amusement arcades, nightclubs etc. A shame that the Llandudno Pier Company couldn't have hung onto it, but they were short of money to reinvest into the pier and received an offer they couldn't refuse.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on June 14, 2015, 08:02:13 PM
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I was in Waitrose in Menai Bridge earlier, what a fantastic shop it is, such great quality food. If only they could be persuaded to open in Llandudno; I imagine the demographic would be perfect for them.


It might be worth checking your postcodes down there for Waitrose deliveries because I have just placed my first order. It always used to say, "Coming soon to your area" but now we are live.....hooray!
Free delivery and a bottle of champagne with your first order. It is coming from the big new Chester store. The choice was excellent so let's see how they get on.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Mr Tunnock on June 15, 2015, 08:20:12 AM
Billy Mac's for sale, a name famous to us locals!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: hollins on June 17, 2015, 12:08:03 PM
He's been! Never thought I would see this day when we moved here. The poor young driver looked stressed. His satnav had taken him to a closed gate and told him to "Prepare to navigate off road!"
3 items substituted and two with today's sell by date which they gave for free.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on June 18, 2015, 11:39:20 AM
Watch out folks !!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: snowcap on June 18, 2015, 10:32:40 PM
hope that's not one up manship  Nem.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on June 20, 2015, 01:30:19 PM
Really Snowcap ! :o What I can't buy locally I do without! Just used Asda online after my short visit to Glan Clwyd..............a very hectic experience ! Back to pushing the trolly next week .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on June 30, 2015, 12:28:44 PM
B&Q stores in Llandudno, Bangor, Wrexham and Rhyl are safe - for now]

DIY giant B&Q has revealed that the future of four of its North Wales stores are safe - for now.
Parent company Kingfisher, which also owns Screwfix, announced in March it was to cut as many as 60 stores in the UK.

This put the future of stores in Bangor, Llandudno, Rhyl, Queensferry and Wrexham in doubt.
In April they confirmed that the store in Queensferry would close but remained tight lipped on the future of the other outlets, which employ around 200 staff.

Now they say the stores are not planned for closure in this financial year.
A B&Q spokeswoman said: “Staff at the Rhyl, Llandudno, Bangor and Wrexham stores have been told that their store is not a store planned for closure this financial year.”

There was no further information beyond those dates and B&Q said in March that the cuts will take place over two years.
The closure of the Queensferry store on Deeside Retail Park will affect around 40 workers.
It will take place next year and B&Q have said they will try to re-deploy as many staff as possible.

Last year, rival DIY chain Homebase said it would close a quarter of its stores - about 80 outlets - in the period up to early 2018.
This has included the Holyhead store and the shop at Llandudno is also due to close with plans to replace it with a B&M store.
Kingfisher said it expects to offset the B&Q jobs impact by opening a similar number of shops at sister business Screwfix and through redeployment.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bq-stores-llandudno-bangor-wrexham-9554680 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bq-stores-llandudno-bangor-wrexham-9554680)
Title: Re: ASDA
Post by: Ian on July 07, 2015, 08:35:44 AM
ASDA Price Guarantee

I'm sure almost everyone knows about the ASDA scheme, whereby if you enter the 20 digit code on your receipt into an online Asda price checking site you stand to get a tiny discount voucher for your next Asda shop.

ASDA changed the scheme a few months back, and for a while we were getting nothing.  Apparently, our shopping at ASDA was 'always' at least 10% cheaper than the other big supermarkets. What made this odd, however, was that almost every week we'd been getting a voucher, the average price on which was £1.50. We always assumed that it was simply a way of ASDA giving a 5 - 10% discount, which costs them very little. Following the change on the web site, however, we got nowt for several weeks, to the point where we weren't bothering any more.

Abruptly, last week it proclaimed "That's unusual! your shopping wasn't 10% cheaper!" and spat out a voucher in the region of our previous average value.  Now, we never throw receipts away before 6 years has elapsed (Sale of Goods Act, etc) so I put though three more and sure enough a total discount of almost £5.00 appeared. Not a lot, I know, but ASDA is pretty good value, anyway, so every little...

If you're someone who hasn't ever tried it, the site's here (https://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/?utm_source=vanityurl&utm_medium=dmc&utm_term=priceguarantee&utm_content=generic&utm_campaign=apg):

Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 07, 2015, 08:39:48 AM
Don't know if it's been mentioned already on here, but the Carphone Warehouse shop on the Retail Park (by Costa) has closed down and moved into Currys/PC World.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 07, 2015, 03:56:33 PM
Yes but I cannot see a TO LET sign yet.
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Post by: wrex on July 07, 2015, 06:25:24 PM
Is there a to let sign in the old Bank shop Bri
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Post by: bigbadhenry on July 07, 2015, 09:57:18 PM
I was told by staff from Carphone Warehouse that there hanging on to the old shop for a few months in case the move doesn't  work out.
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Post by: SteveH on July 08, 2015, 05:44:24 PM
PRICE SLASH: Asda is to slash the price of diesel by up to 2p tomorrow and announces drivers will pay no more than 114.7ppl across all its 272 UK filling stations
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Post by: norman08 on July 08, 2015, 07:57:29 PM
Wow Steve ,few months ago the oil price fell  they all cut the price of fuel £1.04 they said it should have gone to less than a pound ,noticed how it crept up back to £1.14 the oil price hasn,t shot up again .
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Post by: SteveH on July 08, 2015, 08:28:03 PM
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Wow Steve ,few months ago the oil price fell  they all cut the price of fuel £1.04 they said it should have gone to less than a pound ,noticed how it crept up back to £1.14 the oil price hasn,t shot up again .
I don't use a lot of fuel, and I am not up on prices, I thought it might be good news when I posted..... :(
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Post by: wrex on July 11, 2015, 07:39:10 AM
just looking at a map of Mostyn champneys and the empty Dreams unit says a new retailer coming soon,Tkmakk is on there so its not an old one,keep fingers crossed.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 11, 2015, 07:51:00 AM
It has been saying that for years.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 11, 2015, 09:36:11 AM
The new Hope House shop opened yesterday.
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Post by: SteveH on July 11, 2015, 10:21:16 AM
Sorry to see "Closing Down Sale" signs on the Rectella soft furnishings shop in the Victoria Center..... :(
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Post by: norman08 on July 11, 2015, 11:01:26 AM
Talking to the girl the other week the lease was up and they were waiting to see how much the rent was rising , must have hiked it too much .
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Post by: SteveH on July 11, 2015, 11:11:16 AM
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Talking to the girl the other week the lease was up and they were waiting to see how much the rent was rising , must have hiked it too much .
I think Mostyn Estates would rather have a lower rent, than another empty shop.......?
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Post by: Fester on July 11, 2015, 11:21:56 AM
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Talking to the girl the other week the lease was up and they were waiting to see how much the rent was rising , must have hiked it too much .
I think Mostyn Estates would rather have a lower rent, than another empty shop.......?

Unfortunately Steve, that is very rarely how it works.  :(
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Post by: SteveH on July 11, 2015, 01:13:12 PM
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Talking to the girl the other week the lease was up and they were waiting to see how much the rent was rising , must have hiked it too much .
I think Mostyn Estates would rather have a lower rent, than another empty shop.......?
Unfortunately Steve, that is very rarely how it works.  :(
I know what you mean, but they have been taking over a lot of the empty shops recently, and I think there are already two? in the center, this could be a case of just not enough trade, and blaming it on the rent. &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2015, 03:35:32 PM
The Victoria Centre is owned by SunLife Properties Ltd, I think.
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Post by: SteveH on July 11, 2015, 03:41:12 PM
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The Victoria Centre is owned by SunLife Properties Ltd, I think.
Sorry always thought it was Mostyn's...
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 11, 2015, 03:51:37 PM
I don't know if they are the same entrance gates from when the Victoria Centre was first built but one used to be able to see the branded logo of Sun Life in the entrance gates.

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Post by: Fester on July 11, 2015, 04:07:50 PM
I was bored today, and took a walk through the Victoria Centre.

I think I saw 4 empty units, 2 of which were cunningly disguised with hoardings or pictures from a different shop.

3 of them have been unoccupied for several year now.  :( :(
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Post by: Nemesis on July 12, 2015, 08:41:33 AM
Noticed that the old Ethel Austin shop is now stocked with books.
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Post by: Cat Stevens on July 26, 2015, 03:24:39 PM
The New shop moving into the old Dreams shop on the Champneys park is...............................................drum roll.............................................Wait for 30 seconds as they do on Television............................................................Dreams.








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Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2015, 03:41:41 PM
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The New shop moving into the old Dreams shop on the Champneys park is...............................................drum roll.............................................Wait for 30 seconds as they do on Television............................................................Dreams.
Better than an empty shop, but strange especially with the two new bed shops opening recently on Mostyn St,  &shake&
Maybe I am missing something but I have just counted how many bed shops there are in Llandudno I managed 6 must be money in beds
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Post by: Cat Stevens on July 26, 2015, 03:50:24 PM
Apparently Dreams Manufacture their own beds and mattresses  in addition to selling branded names which probably give them the edge, especiallt with the potential purchase power and available discount.  Searching online it is evident that Dreams and going through and extensive expansion plan.
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Post by: SteveH on August 01, 2015, 02:53:50 PM
Farmers stage protest at Tesco against falling lamb prices

Scores of angry North Wales farmers swooped on two Tesco supermarkets this evening in protest at rock-bottom lamb prices .

An estimated 80 producers targeted the retailer’s Bangor store after driving in convoy along the A55.

Another group of fed-up farmers arrived en mass at the Tesco store in Llandudno Junction.

Many held placards and waved banners while some went inside to check the meat aisles for New Zealand lamb.

Anger in the farming community has reached boiling point over falling lamb prices and imports have been blamed for deepening the crisis.

Lambs are typically £20-£30 down per head on the start of the year, resulting in farmgate prices that aren’t covering the cost of their production
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bangor-farmers-lamb-protest-tesco-9769211 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bangor-farmers-lamb-protest-tesco-9769211)
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Post by: SteveH on August 05, 2015, 12:30:42 PM
LARGE SHOPS MAY OPEN LONGER ON SUNDAYS: Local authority chiefs are to be given the power to relax Sunday trading laws restricting the opening hours of large stores in their areas under new Government proposals.

LARGE SHOPS: Councils in England and Wales will be given the choice of whether they want to ease the current rules limiting shops with over 280 sq m (3,000 sq ft) floorspace to six hours opening on a Sunday.

 Ministers are reported to be writing to the Church of England urging it not to oppose the measures which they argue could be worth up to £1.4 billion a year to the economy while ensuring high streets remain the "heartbeat of our communities".     REFDP
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Post by: born2run on August 05, 2015, 12:44:51 PM
Give the staff a break, why must everything be open all the time? If you haven't had a chance to do your shopping in the other 6 days and the 6 hours on a Sunday then you don't deserve your shopping. Ban football on a Sunday as well $good$
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 05, 2015, 07:24:51 PM
If you cannot cope with the current opening hours you must have a very disorganized lifestyle.....bring back half day closing in the week I say!!
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Post by: Blongb on August 05, 2015, 08:18:47 PM
What was the point of trying to push water up hill. If a shop wanted to open for extended hours on a Sunday they just stocked Newspapers to get around the existing law. This is facing up to the reality of what has already happened and the modern world we now live in. Good or bad who's to judge, all I know is when they de-regularised licencing hours I was able to choose when I went for a drink and not have some bureaucrat or sanctimonious God bother'er tell me. 
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Post by: Ian on August 06, 2015, 07:17:08 AM
It's an interesting one. But I can't see how they can justify their claim that it could be worth "£1.4bn to the economy". Surely there'll only be the same amount of cash to splurge?

But it does pose the wider question of whether a Sunday should return to the more peaceful day of yore. Having said that Police, NHS staff, Hotel workers and many others don't get every Sunday off.
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Post by: Yelboh on August 06, 2015, 11:36:39 AM
Personally I think that it is all about choice - choice for the retailer, shopper and worker.  Current sunday trading laws do not support these choices for the retailer or the shopper, although it does support the right of the worker on Sunday - every worker has the right to opt out of Sunday working giving 12 weeks notice, without being discriminated against.  In Scotland they are already deregulated and some big shops trade from 10 - 6, in line I guess with what customers want.  One of the key aspects of retailing is being there when your customers want to shop.  I would suggest that customers are already demonstrating that Sunday is when they are wanting to do this.  An article I have read specifies transactions are growing faster on a Sunday than any other day - from memory I think it was a card companies data.  I also know from specific experience that Sunday is the biggest percentage growth day of the week, and £ per hour can outstrip most weekdays.  Removing customers from shops at the end of Sunday trading is difficult too, demonstrating too the demand for longer hours.
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Post by: born2run on August 06, 2015, 12:32:44 PM
I don't understand it all. If on a very rare occasion we have needed something after 6 on a Sunday there is always Spar and Londis type shops open till late.
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Post by: SteveH on August 06, 2015, 12:47:49 PM
Sunday shopping could be getting more of a "Day out" .....or joint decisions on household items furniture etc. also in Llandudno's case out of town shoppers, couple of weeks ago I saw a mini bus unloading a group, outside TK Max   &shake&
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Post by: DaveR on August 07, 2015, 09:16:09 AM
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Ministers are reported to be writing to the Church of England urging it not to oppose the measures which they argue could be worth up to £1.4 billion a year to the economy while ensuring high streets remain the "heartbeat of our communities".
Why should an unelected body have any say in law making?
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Post by: Ian on August 07, 2015, 10:20:20 AM
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Why should an unelected body have any say in law making?

That's a thorny question, since many support the House of Lords and because we don't live in a society where our lawmakers are truly representational. If we did, the government would have a very different appearance.
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Post by: DaveR on August 07, 2015, 11:57:19 AM
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Why should an unelected body have any say in law making?

That's a thorny question, since many support the House of Lords and because we don't live in a society where our lawmakers are truly representational. If we did, the government would have a very different appearance.
The House of Lords can act as a useful means of moderating proposed laws. However, we need to rid it of all the political and religious cronies and make it a truly independent elected body.
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Post by: Ian on August 07, 2015, 12:47:38 PM
On that we agree, but I fear it's an impossible task.
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Post by: Jonty Hammers on August 07, 2015, 01:40:59 PM
Thorny and thornier still - I'm an avowed atheist, but see nothing wrong in the CoE expressing an opinion over upcoming legislation or regulation, so long as they do not expect to have a disproportionate effect on the making of that law (which, granted, they are an established church so do have more clout than they ought etc). Like any other clump of people or institution, it has a particular worldview which it wishes to advance and, though I may disagree with it, I respect the church's right to put it forward.

Likewise, I'm sure all sorts of charities put their views forward when it comes to legislation, even though they are not democratically elected.

That said, we live in an increasingly secular society where church attendances are dropping - Sunday is no longer just a day of worship and peace. The pace of life e'er changes.

That said, even though I'm an atheist, I appreciate the comparative break Sunday brings and feel sorry for all those retail workers who will not be able to contest this. While it may give some choice and leg-room for the likes of Tesco et al, individual workers will have little to no choice over their hours - thus, they are likely to be robbed of what little peace they get on Sundays. Shame, really.
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Post by: Yelboh on August 07, 2015, 04:26:15 PM
Sorry Jonty, retail workers can opt out of Sunday working completely  - special law for all retail and betting shop staff.  They can opt out giving 12 weeks notice unless they joined prior to 1994 (I think) when they don't even have to opt out.  Opting out must be at no consequence to staff.  The only time they can't of out is if they have been employed on a Sunday only contract, in which case this implies they wanted to work anyway.  At the moment workers who wish to work Sundays are limited by the trading laws minimising their potential hours!  I just can't see the issue, most stores will naturally choose to only extend their trading hours profitably, so will only look to trade probably another couple of hours anyway. For those who don't like the idea of this, then it's simple - don't shop in those hours.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, to me it's about choice - to deregulate gives the retailer, the shopper and the worker more choice.  How can this be a bad thing?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 25, 2015, 05:13:18 PM
Heard that Mostyn estates had bought the Victoria center,it sure needs a coat of paint on the veranda;s.
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Post by: norman08 on August 25, 2015, 06:28:00 PM
Get your quote in Wrex .
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Post by: wrex on August 25, 2015, 07:40:38 PM
Too busy
 Norm
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Post by: Fester on August 25, 2015, 11:21:39 PM
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Too busy
 Norm

You must be Mate!   The Victoria Centre isn't the only place waiting for a coat of paint...

(well, you did tell me to keep on at you about it)  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on August 30, 2015, 06:24:29 PM
So Mostyn estates do now own the Victoria center and we might even get it filled for the first time ever
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Post by: DaveR on August 31, 2015, 10:14:22 AM
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So Mostyn estates do now own the Victoria center and we might even get it filled for the first time ever
Is that for definite, Wrex?
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Post by: wrex on August 31, 2015, 04:46:18 PM
Heard it from two sources.
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Post by: Mr Tunnock on August 31, 2015, 05:18:31 PM
Yes Wrex is correct, took over 2 weeks ago.
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Post by: wrex on August 31, 2015, 06:34:29 PM
It has always been well looked after but maybe rents need to change for the empty units to fill them.
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Post by: DaveR on September 01, 2015, 10:03:05 AM
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It has always been well looked after but maybe rents need to change for the empty units to fill them.
Mostyn Estates taking over is good news, I think.  $good$
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Post by: wrex on September 01, 2015, 06:53:19 PM
When is Dreams re-opening
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Post by: wrex on September 02, 2015, 05:44:52 PM
 Dreams re-opens on Friday
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Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2015, 08:56:03 AM
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Dreams re-opens on Friday
Looks like Dreams can come true then, Wrex?
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Post by: Barney Baker on September 05, 2015, 06:34:49 PM
Nigel Robert newsagents is closing as Nigel and Mrs Nigel are retiring, such a shame as I always enjoy going there staff are always really nice and pleasant and the shop is clean and tidy, I hope somebody will take over before it does shut  :o :'( how ever good luck on you retirement Mr & Mrs Roberts ZXZ
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Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2015, 08:52:21 AM
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Nigel Robert newsagents is closing as Nigel and Mrs Nigel are retiring, such a shame as I always enjoy going there staff are always really nice and pleasant and the shop is clean and tidy, I hope somebody will take over before it does shut  :o :'( how ever good luck on you retirement Mr & Mrs Roberts ZXZ
Best wishes to Mr & Mrs Roberts on their Retirement. Will be shame to see another family owned business disappearing from Llandudno though.
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Post by: wrex on September 08, 2015, 05:57:06 PM
 :oNot sure what too read into this but since Mostyn Estates have taken over the Victoria center only one shop remains on the shoproperty website,there where about 5 the other week with one under offer,obviously they may be on their own site by now.
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Post by: DaveR on September 09, 2015, 08:25:39 AM
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:oNot sure what too read into this but since Mostyn Estates have taken over the Victoria center only one shop remains on the shoproperty website,there where about 5 the other week with one under offer,obviously they may be on their own site by now.
I imagine they may want to use a local Estate Agent like St Davids Commercial instead?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on October 01, 2015, 01:21:25 PM
I see Grumpys Sweet Shop next to Kava has closed down.
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Post by: wrex on October 14, 2015, 07:36:11 AM
No sure where Mostyn Estates are adverising heir empy shops these days,as i have said all empty units on shopropery in he Victora center have been taken of the site and nothing on their own site,weird.
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Post by: Jack on October 14, 2015, 03:29:49 PM
This might be of interest to Wrex regarding the Victoria Centre:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-victoria-centre-revamp-attract-10255761 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-victoria-centre-revamp-attract-10255761)

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Post by: wrex on October 14, 2015, 07:48:15 PM
Thanks Jack,might explain he lack of money for    t      he   Tudno Castle project.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 16, 2015, 08:32:50 AM
Nigel Roberts has closed down.
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Post by: FatAndy on October 16, 2015, 11:02:12 AM
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This might be of interest to Wrex regarding the Victoria Centre:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-victoria-centre-revamp-attract-10255761 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-victoria-centre-revamp-attract-10255761)

Mr Hillier has hit the nail on the head there.  As a middle aged bloke who already owns a mobile phone there isn't a single shop in the Victoria Centre that's remotely of interest to me.  There used to be the place that sold discounted men's "designer" clothing which was ok and before that Publishers Book Clearance but they're both long gone.  In comparison the Bay View Centre has far more variety and has shops selling useful stuff and I'm sure Mr Hillier would chew off his own right arm to get someone like Morrisons in his centre to generate footfall.  I even prefer the White Rose in Rhyl to the Victoria Centre because B&M and Poundland might not be the best of shops but they're a lot more interesting to me than Dorothy Perkins, Roman and Julian Charles ever will be.
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Post by: born2run on October 16, 2015, 12:33:11 PM
If the pound bakery had been inside the Victorian centre instead of outside that would have generated a massive footfall
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 16, 2015, 04:08:34 PM
I wouldn't have expected Greggs to have complained about that.
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Post by: born2run on October 16, 2015, 04:54:42 PM
How can they complain? They are a shop just like any other.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: wrex on October 25, 2015, 07:29:51 PM
Do you think Mostyn Estates have another tennant for the old Timothy whites,seems a strange time for the pop-up shop to close.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2015, 08:56:53 AM
I think the Antique Emporium is a nice addition of a local business to Mostyn Street, in the old Red Cross shop.  $good$
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Post by: wrex on November 20, 2015, 11:54:34 AM
God i thought you had some news for us DaveR,i know things are dead at the moment but you have been quiet  mate.
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Post by: squiggle on November 21, 2015, 12:51:37 PM
Apologies that this probably has been done before and maybe it belongs on the past thread but does anyone remember Billy Mack's I think it was called. I was only in school in Landudno for a couple of years (secondary school wise I had my first  two years in John Bright before we as part of my father's job with the Abbey Nationional so  finished my own school time in a grammar school in Tunbridge Wells, Kent).  The Pydew bus ran form Oxford Road near the police station so from the Trinity Avenue block (the former Mostyn school?), I used to pass it everyday.  It used to have lines of boiled sweets, acid drops, pear drops and other temptations.

Or the chippy we used sometimes instead of a school meal - Greasy Lills???

I did actually live in LL much later in my one history but am in some ways more of a past era.  Bog Island can only ever be that to me no matter how it is named.
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Post by: wrex on November 24, 2015, 06:05:12 PM
I believe Homebase will close its doors on 30th december.
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Post by: Jack on November 24, 2015, 06:16:52 PM
Fruit and Veg shop opened in the old Kindways computer shop on Trinity Avenue  $good$
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Post by: Ian on November 24, 2015, 07:28:42 PM
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I believe Homebase will close its doors on 30th december.

Very sad - especially for its employees.
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Post by: wrex on November 25, 2015, 07:17:41 AM
It was said that Band M store are taking over ,so no job loses but not sure if that is still the case.
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Post by: Gwynant on November 25, 2015, 09:54:05 AM



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That's incredibly sad - and bad for the town.

Not really bad for the town as the planned closures of a number of Homebase stores was made some time ago.  The shareholders are quite happy as the overall plans for the Home Retail Group are very attractive.  Many HB stores will remain and greater investment is being made in the Argos side of the Business.  A loss here is regretable but there will be a gain somewhere else. Maybe we will get another cafe!    ZXZ

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Another coffee shop with wifi you mean, so people can sip their 3 quid coffees and order cheaper goods off amazon

      I have spoken to staff in B & M stores in Bangor and Holyhead recently and both sources said that B & M would be opening in Champneys Llandudno as soon as the confirmation of the closure of Homebase had been finalised. The Bangor source was also the one that correctly confirmed that the opening of B & M in Homebase Holyhead was going ahead back in May well before it was announced.
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Post by: Ian on November 25, 2015, 10:58:48 AM
Gwynant: I've edited your post to try to make it clearer. For future reference it's best to copy and paste quotes from others into the quotes tabs using the little yellow Quote icon above your main Reply box. For some reason using the Quote button in the line that appears above the person whose quote you're trying to copy is a tad indiscriminate. Best to hit "reply" then use the little speech bubble icon that appears.
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Post by: Gwynant on November 25, 2015, 12:24:21 PM
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Gwynant: I've edited your post to try to make it clearer. For future reference it's best to copy and paste quotes from others into the quotes tabs using the little yellow Quote icon above your main Reply box. For some reason using the Quote button in the line that appears above the person whose quote you're trying to copy is a tad indiscriminate. Best to hit "reply" then use the little speech bubble icon that appears.
           Thanks for that advice Ian, I appreciate any help as I do struggle with posting occasionally as I tend to suffer from  technophobic problems!
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Post by: Ian on November 25, 2015, 04:09:02 PM
It's not your fault. All forums seem to suffer the same issue with quoting. Glad to help, anyway.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 29, 2015, 05:52:21 PM
The old phone shop in Mostyn Street is now another candle shop.
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Post by: llandudnotrust on November 29, 2015, 10:56:51 PM
Not a coffee shop then :)
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Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2015, 08:44:50 AM
No thank goodness, but I shan't be patronising it.............all those artificial smells. Think I'll open a window ! ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2015, 05:10:36 PM
Anyone know what has happened to the cup cake café/ shop in Mostyn Street? It was being emptied this afternoon.

Take a Break is shut at the moment due to flooding.
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Post by: DaveR on December 02, 2015, 11:02:12 AM
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Anyone know what has happened to the cup cake café/ shop in Mostyn Street? It was being emptied this afternoon.

Take a Break is shut at the moment due to flooding.
It looks very much as though Cups N Cakes has shut down, sadly. Never nice to see a local business cease trading. :(
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Post by: Nemesis on December 02, 2015, 11:44:40 AM
re your post on What is Llandudno...........................and my post here involving Take a Break, having walked past a few times recently the water has been almost to T a B's front door. A week last Monday the water was actually coming up from the drain outside W H Smith.
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Post by: born2run on December 02, 2015, 12:04:04 PM
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Anyone know what has happened to the cup cake café/ shop in Mostyn Street? It was being emptied this afternoon.

Take a Break is shut at the moment due to flooding.
It looks very much as though Cups N Cakes has shut down, sadly. Never nice to see a local business cease trading. :(

As I said at the time it opened

Quote from: DaveR on April 27, 2014, 07:58:03 PM
Called into Cups N Cakes in Mostyn Street the other day. It's obviously been set up on quite a tight budget as the interior decor is not as smart as it could be for a high street location. Having said that, the coffee and cup cake were great, so it's certainly worth a visit.

Looks like a nursery to me, why anyone in their right mind would want to pay over 2 quid for a coffee in a place that looks like a nursery is beyond me.

Build a pub there now  Z**
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Post by: DaveR on December 03, 2015, 09:15:35 AM
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re your post on What is Llandudno...........................and my post here involving Take a Break, having walked past a few times recently the water has been almost to T a B's front door. A week last Monday the water was actually coming up from the drain outside W H Smith.
There's certainly big problems with the drainage in that part of town. It amuses me that CCBC don't seem to have the resources to do something essential like clean out the drains, yet 3 vanloads of staff were despatched to outside the Air Ambulance shop to install what looked like bike racks in the pavement the other day.  &shake&
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Post by: white rabbit on December 03, 2015, 07:13:24 PM
I noticed those today and wondered what they were!! :)
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Post by: Mr Tunnock on December 08, 2015, 10:51:46 AM
An application for a change of use from shop to restaurant has been made for New Look's old shop on Mostyn Street Llandudno.

Wildwood Restaurants


Wildwood is a small collection of restaurants that serves freshly prepared food.

Our aim is simple: to serve great food delivered by friendly staff in a relaxed, homely environment.

Whether you choose from the grill section, stone-baked pizza or our freshly prepared pastas, our passion for high quality dishes is the main focus across all of our restaurants.
http://www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk/about/ (http://www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk/about/)

http://www.conwy.gov.uk/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning Applications On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=395248&XSLT=/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Conwy/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning Application Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Conwy/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning Applications On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=395248&XSLT=/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Conwy/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning Application Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/EnglishPlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Conwy/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING)
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Post by: Greyhound on December 08, 2015, 11:03:53 AM
I have eaten at one of these restaurants and, although the menu is fairly run of the mill, the quality of the decor is very, very good.

I guess it's quite a compliment for them to have chosen to seemingly expand to Llandudno as their nearest restaurant looks to be Nottingham with almost all the others in suburban South-East England, including some extremely affluent home counties commuter towns. So it seems a good quality outfit and I hope will be allowed to open. That shop has been without a permanent occupier for far too long.
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Post by: wrex on December 08, 2015, 05:37:28 PM
Nice to see quality coming to town
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Post by: DaveR on December 09, 2015, 08:54:08 AM
Looks promising, should be a nice addition to Llandudno.  $good$
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Post by: wrex on January 15, 2016, 09:59:13 PM
Nigel Roberts shop is now let and St Davids comm reporting a couple of other lets in Llandudno on his twitter
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Post by: hiraeth on January 16, 2016, 11:18:47 AM
I remember a tiny shop on Mostyn Street called Sandbach, is it still there?  i recall on the ground floor i used go and buy a delicious fudge and probably gobble it on the way home.A flight of steep narrow stairs  to the second floor where if I remember it correctly was a little cafe and another flight to the top floor where there were superb and unusual gifts. i bought many birthday and Christmas presents there.
When you stepped on the top step of the stairs a buzzer would go off alerting the staff of your presence and make you jump!
 Good memories but I expect it's difficult for a small shop like that to survive these days.

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Post by: wrex on January 24, 2016, 01:00:11 PM
Small unit has under offer on it,so maybe it is Rubens
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Post by: DaveR on January 25, 2016, 09:20:17 AM
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I remember a tiny shop on Mostyn Street called Sandbach, is it still there?  i recall on the ground floor i used go and buy a delicious fudge and probably gobble it on the way home.A flight of steep narrow stairs  to the second floor where if I remember it correctly was a little cafe and another flight to the top floor where there were superb and unusual gifts. i bought many birthday and Christmas presents there.
When you stepped on the top step of the stairs a buzzer would go off alerting the staff of your presence and make you jump!
 Good memories but I expect it's difficult for a small shop like that to survive these days.
Sandbach sadly disappeared years ago, the shop became part of the larger shop next door. A shame that a lot of these smaller units have disappeared off the High Street; maybe one of the bigger vacant units could be subdivided into 'starter' retail units at a low rent.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 25, 2016, 10:00:43 AM
Noticed that Susan French had her windows covered over the other day. Hope she hasn't closed, it was a fascinating shop.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 25, 2016, 10:22:56 AM
Probably a refurbishment like the Irish Bar.
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Post by: Fester on January 25, 2016, 07:56:32 PM
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Noticed that Susan French had her windows covered over the other day. Hope she hasn't closed, it was a fascinating shop.

It's closed down Nem.
The answer is on a poster on the pier,  the 'Art Hut' which has been on the pier for the last 2 years has moved to that unit.
Opening in early Feb, according to the proprietor.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 25, 2016, 09:06:05 PM
Thanks for the info Fes. Shame that....I loved to admire her windows.
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Post by: Fester on January 25, 2016, 09:21:19 PM
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Thanks for the info Fes. Shame that....I loved to admire her windows.

Many did, but no one ever bought anything.
I nearly took that unit on, 3 years ago, (just before Susan did), it seemed decent value at £8k per annum and no rates but after weeks of close watching, it was obvious that the footfall was very low.
Locals walk past that area, but visitors really don't go up there in any numbers.

However, given the right range and the right marketing (which I have never been good at), the Art Gallery could do quite well.
One thing for sure, it will look nice!
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Post by: wrex on February 03, 2016, 05:31:43 PM
Looked at Legat Owen website about units under Clarence,if you press on details it says both are under offer,dreaming,Nigel Roberts is also under offer so it might look a bit different in a few months
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Post by: llandudnotrust on February 05, 2016, 06:18:01 PM
New people have got the key's for Nigel Roberts place I believe
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Post by: wrex on February 06, 2016, 08:29:57 AM
Yes my mistake Nigel Roberts all sold deal done
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Post by: wrex on February 19, 2016, 07:32:20 AM
still saying unit 2 is under offer on Legat Owen website,Clarence hotel
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Post by: wrex on February 19, 2016, 02:16:14 PM
Victoria center looking smart thanks to Mostyn estates giving it a power hose,not to sure about the empty shops inside though,i thought they might have enticed a few new tennants.
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Post by: wrex on February 21, 2016, 09:18:34 AM
I see the newsagents next to the Albert hotel is under offer with Richard Baddeley,been empty for a good 5 years i reckon.
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Post by: wrex on February 23, 2016, 11:55:45 AM
Lots of activity in empty shops today.
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Post by: DaveR on February 23, 2016, 12:00:12 PM
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Lots of activity in empty shops today.
I noticed yesterday that someone was working in the old Cups N Cakes cafe on Mostyn St.
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Post by: wrex on February 23, 2016, 03:24:15 PM
Doors open today in Wildwood and the shop next to Town house.
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Post by: wrex on March 03, 2016, 08:13:40 AM
shop next to Town house is under offer on shopproperty
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Post by: DaveR on March 03, 2016, 08:20:58 AM
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shop next to Town house is under offer on shopproperty
That's great news, it must have been empty for a couple of years now. JD Sports I think it used to be?
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Post by: Greyhound on March 03, 2016, 11:39:20 AM
Yes, that's very positive. Would be great to know who it might be, but guess we will have to wait and see. Hope it's a quality outfit and a shop rather than a food/beverage place (not that I am criticizing them, but a traditional retailer would be a better balance).
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Post by: Bri Roberts on March 03, 2016, 02:41:27 PM
I understand Specsavers in the Victoria Centre is expanding into the empty unit next door towards Boots.
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Post by: wrex on March 05, 2016, 06:42:58 AM
Funny site that shopproperty,took a look the other day 66 Mostyn st under offer,it had only been put up,took another look today under offer gone yet 91 Mostyn st has been under offer for 10 months and as far as i know Mostyn estates bought it 8 months ago.
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Post by: norman08 on March 05, 2016, 08:26:03 AM
Wrex isn't 91 Mostyn st going to be that new restaraunt.
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Post by: wrex on March 06, 2016, 01:27:39 PM
Thats right Norm,wildwood.
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Post by: Lyndylou on March 08, 2016, 11:29:18 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433)

BHS Ĺlandudno possably  under threat .
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Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2016, 09:37:09 AM
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433)

BHS Ĺlandudno possably  under threat .
BHS is one of the most uninspiring shops I have ever seen, no surprise it is in trouble. Even Phillip Green's touch could not revive it.
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Post by: Nemesis on March 09, 2016, 10:22:43 AM
The café which is 'nt part of it, but still in the store leaves much to be desired.
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Post by: wrex on March 10, 2016, 07:43:13 AM
I see they want to split unit 4 which is Monsoon in half and put mezzine floors in both
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Post by: Ian on March 10, 2016, 08:08:24 AM
Quote
BHS is one of the most uninspiring shops I have ever seen, no surprise it is in trouble. Even Phillip Green's touch could not revive it.

Yes - something of a time warp at work. They always seemed to be in the '70s...
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 10, 2016, 08:26:00 AM
I have never been in a BHS shop, doubt I will bother!
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Post by: Fester on March 10, 2016, 12:21:35 PM
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I have never been in a BHS shop, doubt I will bother!

ME, it might be quite a short list to tell us which shops you HAVE been in,  :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 10, 2016, 12:29:56 PM
You know me so well Lol!  :laugh: as to the list...Asda, Tesco, Morrison's, lots of second hand shops and antique shops, occasionally a small kiosk on the pier, favourite places are the auction in Colwyn Bay, Rogers Jones, have bought lots there! Also car boot sales, love those! You can probably tell I have little interest in 'modern' shops, very little of interest in them for us!
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Post by: born2run on March 10, 2016, 02:27:43 PM
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You know me so well Lol!  :laugh: as to the list...Asda, Tesco, Morrison's, lots of second hand shops and antique shops, occasionally a small kiosk on the pier, favourite places are the auction in Colwyn Bay, Rogers Jones, have bought lots there! Also car boot sales, love those! You can probably tell I have little interest in 'modern' shops, very little of interest in them for us!

Best car boot sales are in Rhyl these days, Safeway used to have a good one in the Bay years ago but sadly no more. Last summer there were some ok ones on the oval though.
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Post by: Fester on March 10, 2016, 05:05:49 PM
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You know me so well Lol!  :laugh: as to the list...Asda, Tesco, Morrison's, lots of second hand shops and antique shops, occasionally a small kiosk on the pier, favourite places are the auction in Colwyn Bay, Rogers Jones, have bought lots there! Also car boot sales, love those! You can probably tell I have little interest in 'modern' shops, very little of interest in them for us!

In which case you'd like BHS mate!  there's been nothing 'modern' in there since 1976
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 10, 2016, 06:14:05 PM
Any nice antique clocks? I like those!  D)
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Post by: Quiggs on March 11, 2016, 05:36:10 PM
As for car boot sales, the Oval sales re-start on April 17th.   :D
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 11, 2016, 11:13:17 PM
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As for car boot sales, the Oval sales re-start on April 17th.   :D

Thanks for that info!  $good$
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Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2016, 08:54:10 AM
I believe the Farm & Pet Place shop at the lower end of Mostyn Street will be closing this Summer.
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Post by: SteveH on March 18, 2016, 10:47:28 AM
B&M to open in Llandudno today - creating 70 jobs

B&M will open its Llandudno store today - creating 70 jobs in the town.
The store - based at the former Homebase store on the Mostyn Champneys Retail Park - opens to customers at 9am.
They said all Homebase employees were invited to interview for roles in the new store and all were successful in their application and offered positions .
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bm-open-llandudno-today-creating-11057382 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bm-open-llandudno-today-creating-11057382)

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Post by: Ian on March 18, 2016, 11:31:53 AM
Always interesting to see what information we can discover. Homebase was founded by Sainsbury's and GB-Inno-BM in 1979, the company was then owned by Home Retail Group from October 2006.  GB-Inno-BM owns and operates more than 600 Maxi GB and Bigg's Continent hypermarkets. The company is based in Brussels, Belgium. As of July 25, 2000 GB-Inno-BM operates as a subsidiary of Carrefour. B & M was founded by Malcolm Billington as Billington & Mayman and the first store opened in Blackpool, United Kingdom in 1978 and was acquired by Simon and Bobby Arora from Phildrew Investments in December 2004. The chairman is Sir Terry Leahy, the ex-boss of Tesco who got out just before profits started to plunge. Home Retail Group is the subject of a bidding war between Sainsbury and Steinhoff. Fascinating times.
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Post by: Nemesis on March 18, 2016, 02:30:02 PM
B&M ? Just been for a look at the place. Excellent pricing and a wide choice of goods. Bright and clean too........if a little mind blowing ! Actually got what I went for as well. My OH needed a sprayer to treat the garage roof with woodworm killer, so 99p is fine to throw away afterwards.! Many grocery items were below supermarket prices, so we will see how it goes. ;D
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Post by: OrmeMac on March 18, 2016, 04:36:57 PM
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Always interesting to see what information we can discover. Homebase was founded by Sainsbury's and GB-Inno-BM in 1979, the company was then owned by Home Retail Group from October 2006.  GB-Inno-BM owns and operates more than 600 Maxi GB and Bigg's Continent hypermarkets. The company is based in Brussels, Belgium. As of July 25, 2000 GB-Inno-BM operates as a subsidiary of Carrefour. B & M was founded by Malcolm Billington as Billington & Mayman and the first store opened in Blackpool, United Kingdom in 1978 and was acquired by Simon and Bobby Arora from Phildrew Investments in December 2004. The chairman is Sir Terry Leahy, the ex-boss of Tesco who got out just before profits started to plunge. Home Retail Group is the subject of a bidding war between Sainsbury and Steinhoff. Fascinating times.

Didn't Boots and WHSmith get together to create some kind of DIY outlet? Do It All comes to mind but I may be wrong. British Home Stores (RIP) also teamed up with Sainsbury's to create SavaCentre stroes to sell a full range of groceries, clothing, electrical goods, etc. but it never really got off the ground.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 18, 2016, 10:34:39 PM
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B&M ? Just been for a look at the place. Excellent pricing and a wide choice of goods. Bright and clean too........if a little mind blowing ! Actually got what I went for as well. My OH needed a sprayer to treat the garage roof with woodworm killer, so 99p is fine to throw away afterwards.! Many grocery items were below supermarket prices, so we will see how it goes. ;D

We had a look this morning, very impressive too! A lot to see in there at good prices too!  $good$
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Post by: llandudnotrust on March 19, 2016, 01:36:43 PM
Help please
How much would the annual rent on a shop in Mostyn st be about ?

Many thanks
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Post by: Fester on March 20, 2016, 01:09:54 AM
Depends whereabouts... upper Mostyn St (as in near the London Pub) around 12k to 18k
In Mostyn St proper, anywhere between £35k and £60k.
But the landlord of any empty property will tell you when you enquire
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Post by: SteveH on March 20, 2016, 06:46:35 PM
National living wage 'to impact on Welsh firms'

The national living wage will have a disproportionate impact on Welsh firms, the head of the Welsh Retail Consortium has claimed.
The claim follows warnings 900,000 UK retail jobs could be lost as a result of pressures facing the industry, including the new minimum wage.
Ms Jones said the impact on employment had been "severely under-estimated" with job losses likely in Wales "where we have a more economically instable environment".
"We're seeing accelerated rates of shop closures in Wales, we're also seeing higher rates of footfall decline," she said.
"I think it's critical that we need to take action now to prevent further loss of jobs and to also ensure we have a supportive environment that encourages investment.
"So now is the time for us to see reform of areas such as business rates, something that the Welsh Government has power over to do."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-35841258 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-35841258)
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Post by: wrex on March 20, 2016, 09:31:56 PM
Although we have Mostyn estates bringing in new companies into town i really think it needs a person who is not looking toself gain to manage the whole town,a manager who will sell the town,we have everything going for us but there are lots of buisnesses who do not realise how good we are and need selling too.         
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Post by: DaveR on March 21, 2016, 09:23:56 AM
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Although we have Mostyn estates bringing in new companies into town i really think it needs a person who is not looking toself gain to manage the whole town,a manager who will sell the town,we have everything going for us but there are lots of buisnesses who do not realise how good we are and need selling too.       
I agree. A Town Manager is a great idea for that reason, they could also work to obtain funding for refurbishment of public areas, organise events etc as well
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Post by: Nemesis on March 21, 2016, 11:00:54 AM
My OH has raised this subject for years and is always told that is non-viable, we don't need one etc., etc. It seems that the powers that be just turn on the tunnel vision.
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Post by: Blongb on March 21, 2016, 03:06:52 PM
Went to have a look at M & B this morning and whilst there noticed the Sale in Sports Direct next door. Well worth a look at. My shoes were reduced from £80 to £21
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Post by: born2run on March 21, 2016, 04:35:42 PM
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Went to have a look at M & B this morning and whilst there noticed the Sale in Sports Direct next door. Well worth a look at. My shoes were reduced from £80 to £21

Here is a challenge, try and find ANYTHING in sports direct that isn't reduced. You won't  ;D

apart maybe from the 5p carrier bags
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Post by: SteveH on March 23, 2016, 02:10:41 PM
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bhs-stores-llandudno-wrexham-could-11006433)

BHS Ĺlandudno possably  under threat .

BHS creditors approve rescue plan

BHS has won a stay of execution after creditors voted in favour of the department store chain’s survival plan.

Landlords, suppliers and other creditors approved the 88-year-old retailer’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency procedure, at a vital meeting in a hotel in west London on Wednesday.

The approval of the CVA secures the short-term future of BHS’s 10,000 staff and 164 stores. However, the company still needs to restructure its pension scheme, which has a deficit of £571m and is likely to enter the Pension Protection Fund, and raise £100m so it can continue trading and fund a turnaround plan that includes modernising its shops and product range.
MORE,,,http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/23/bhs-creditors-approve-rescue-plan-company-voluntary-arrangement
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Post by: OrmeMac on March 23, 2016, 04:43:27 PM
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BHS creditors approve rescue plan

"Come and see our stores and you will be surprised."

Visited my local store yesterday and there were a lot of strangely empty areas devoid of all stock and loads of Easter Eggs & boxes of chocolates with scruffy photocopied A4 sheets promoting them. They've got a lot to sort out...
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Post by: SteveH on March 23, 2016, 04:59:22 PM
Sorry I think the above link may be faulty.....here is the latest update....Thanks Ormemac... $good$

BHS chief asks public for second chance as retailer wins crucial vote

“We want to make it an iconic British brand again. There will be no popping champagne corks tonight. We would like the British public to give us a second chance. Come and see our stores and you will be surprised.”

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/23/bhs-creditors-approve-rescue-plan-company-voluntary-arrangement (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/23/bhs-creditors-approve-rescue-plan-company-voluntary-arrangement)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: DaveR on March 29, 2016, 09:50:32 AM
I see that Mostyn Estates are applying to use one of the units in the Victoria Centre as a food retail outlet...could it be a Little Waitrose on the way?
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Post by: Greyhound on March 29, 2016, 10:34:23 AM
Any inkling as to which unit this might be? It would have to be a larger one and I guess they would want a street front I would have thought. 
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Post by: DaveR on March 29, 2016, 12:21:42 PM
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Any inkling as to which unit this might be? It would have to be a larger one and I guess they would want a street front I would have thought.
The proposal is for a maximum size of 2500sqm for food retail, which could potentially be 2 or more existing units combined. I don't think they have a specific unit(s) in mind yet.
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Post by: wrex on March 29, 2016, 04:15:02 PM
They have applied to extend the libary in last weeks planning apps
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Post by: Greyhound on March 29, 2016, 05:16:12 PM
I think that was a reference to the planning app from years ago when they extended the old library building into the Victoria Centre building, rather than a new part of the planning application.
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Post by: Mr Tunnock on March 29, 2016, 07:24:42 PM
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09569042/officers

Interesting that Mostyn Estates is in partnership with Taleight in Llandudno Holdings, owners of the Victoria Centre, Taleight being a local couple the Ormerods, a very well respected local family, these two owned Boots Hearing aids, sold out for millions and as nice a family as they have ever been.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops FOOD RECALL
Post by: SteveH on March 30, 2016, 11:37:05 AM
North Wales Aldi,s withdraw 'dirty' biscuits.
Discount supermarket Aldi has withdrawn some of its biscuits range from its North Wales stores after they were found to have been made in a "dirty" factory.
The snacks have been pulled because of fears they had been contaminated by "pests".

The products, produced by Baketime Ltd, include Cheese Thins and Cheese Bakes, cheese, salt and vinegar and smoky bacon flavoured Oddbite packs and Ginger Nuts biscuits.
Also affected are Bestway’s Mini All Butter Shortbread, Mini Brownies, Mini Cheese Thins and Mini Choc Chip Cookies and Happy Shopper’s Cheese Thins, Fudge Brownies and Choc Chip Cookies.

LBV’s Potato Bakes Korma, Potato Bakes Mild Thai and Strawberry and Vanilla Biscotti may also be contaminated.
Anyone who has bought the snacks are urged not to eat them and to return them for a full refund.

The Food Standards Agency said: “Baketime Ltd is recalling various branded biscuit, snack and confectionery products on a precautionary basis as they have been manufactured in unhygienic conditions.
“These products are sold by Aldi, Asvina, Booker and LBV.
“All batches of the products listed below are being recalled as they may have been subject to pest contamination.

“Baketime Ltd is recalling the above products as a precautionary measure. They have provided all their customers with point-of-sale notices for display in stores.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-aldis-withdraw-dirty-11111861 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-aldis-withdraw-dirty-11111861)
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Post by: SteveH on March 31, 2016, 01:39:05 PM
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Johnsons the Dry Cleaners in Lloyd Street has closed down

Passed the shop yesterday ....sign in the window says....opening soon ......Acme Games.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: SteveH on April 01, 2016, 04:49:54 PM
I thought this an interesting development.       

Why Sainsbury's are buying Argos and what it will mean for the stores and staff

The Sainsbury's purchase of Argus has been agreed with owner Retail Group.
The £1.4bn deal will create a "multi-product, multi-channel" business with around 200 stores according to the retail giant.
The terms of the deal are expected to be completed in the third quarter of the year.
The company has previously said it could close a number of Argos stores and relocate them within its supermarkets if the deal was given the go-ahead.

Sainsbury's said while it would likely shut up to half of Argos stores, which have shop leases with less than five years to run, there would be an increase in the number of overall sites as it outlined aims to roll out concessions nationwide.

The supermarket has already been working in partnership with Home Retail Group with 10 Argos concessions in Sainsbury's stores as part of a trial.
Retail experts believe between 150 and 200 Argos stores could be impacted .

Last month chief executive Mike Coupe said the tie-up would forge "an industry-leading if not world-leading" network , offering more than 100,000 products across Argos and Sainsbury's stores.
Bryan Roberts, insight director at TCC Global, told Marketing Week in January that the merger is not risk free, but could see it being mutually beneficial: "Home Retail can offer Sainsbury’s its retail brands but also great product ranges.
"Stuff like Habitat would work nicely within Sainsbury’s stores while there will be seasonal opportunities when it comes to summer gardening and utilising Homebase ranges. Argos could also stock Sainsbury’s Tu clothing.
"In both directions there is a strong degree of mutual benefit."

When asked about Amazon, Sainbury's CEO Mike Coupe denied the merger would mean they were taking on the internet giant .
Talking to The Drum he said: "We’re not trying to take on Amazon. Customers expect to be able to buy offline and online. Amazon happens to do some of it, but not all of it.
"We would argue that this would give us a unique business in the UK, with over 2,000 shops which Amazon doesn’t have. Amazon are disruptive but not always successful. But they keep trying until they get it right."
Coupe said the combined entity would represent a £6bn non-food business, bigger than Amazon, John Lewis and M&S.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/sainsburys-buying-argos-what-mean-11123766 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/sainsburys-buying-argos-what-mean-11123766)



Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops NEW CAFE
Post by: SteveH on April 05, 2016, 03:03:59 PM
Just passed Nigel Roberts Newsagents 6 vans outside, plenty of work going on, sign in window for Poco Coffee opening soon....interesting web site.

Richard and Angela Sutton founded Poco Coffee in 2012. We are both passionate about coffee and how coffee shops and the café culture have redefined social boundaries, attracting customers from the full spectrum of society. Poco (Spanish for small) aims to be a Quality alternative to some of the bigger brand high street Coffee/Café operators. We are looking to operate in locations where we can establish our brand at the heart of the community and build strong relationships with our shop customers and the wider community through active engagement and support for local causes.

We offer a traditional barista style Cafe experience. A full range of Coffees, iced and speciality teas, hot chocolate, smoothies and Frappes. Food includes, Freshly made sandwiches, Panini’s and Toasties, baked potatoes, soups and Stews, Plus a wide selection of both continental style pastries and traditional cakes.
We now serve a Full English Breakfast all day.

We use music and big visual impact via wall decoration to both relax and inspire our customers. We are offering an experience as much as a Latte. We are selling a mood change as much as a cappuccino. In relaxing comfortable surroundings we offer the half hour in your life that gives you the time to realise that life is good
MORE             http://www.pococoffee.co.uk/ (http://www.pococoffee.co.uk/)

Sorry maybe this should be under Cafes etc. ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Ian on April 05, 2016, 03:35:59 PM
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Poco (Spanish for small)

It's actually Italian, but I suppose the Spanish might have adopted it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops
Post by: Fester on April 05, 2016, 04:55:44 PM
When I'm in Spain and they sell things in 4 sizes,  Grande (large obviously), Medio or Poco, (small)
There is also Pequena, (I think that's how it's spelt) for tiny!

I think they do it when I'm not in Spain too  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Shops NEW CAFE
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 05, 2016, 05:51:58 PM