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Re: Everything to do with Shops....Outfit Llandudno closing
« Reply #2175 on: January 19, 2021, 02:49:59 PM »
North Wales is set for a retail blow with Arcadia administrators set to permanently shut another 31 stores.

Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire collapsed into administration at the start of December.
Now it has been reported that 31 stores will shut by the end of January, with the loss of 714 more jobs.

It is understood to include all of the group's Outfit stores that had remained open.

There are two Outfit stores in North Wales - employing more than 60 staff.
They are at Parc Llandudno and Broughton Shopping Park - taking up large units at both sites.

One local staff member said he was made redundant last week.

Stores had been doing click and collect during lockdown but it is understood the Llandudno store will fully close from Friday.

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« Reply #2176 on: January 25, 2021, 09:58:34 AM »
ONLINE fashion retailer Boohoo has bought the Debenhams brand and website for £55 million in a deal that will see the eponymous department store name survive, but the company’s remaining 118 stores close for good.

The deal will see Debenhams products sold by Boohoo from early next year, allowing enough time for liquidators to continue closing the retailer’s sites once they are allowed to reopen after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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« Reply #2177 on: January 25, 2021, 10:26:08 AM »
Looks like that Debenhams is prime territory to become M&S now and, given the parlous state of retail, I am not sure how the Council/Mostyn Estates could stand in their way (though I appreciate covenants etc.) I think we'll have to face the reality of the situation and let them move. It might be a case of 'let them move and keep them, or stand in their way and see them go'

I think the Council needs to come up with a plan to revitalise retail in Llandudno. I think a lot of money and attention has been paid to Colwyn Bay over the last few years (probably quite reasonably), but Llandudno's townscape has suffered. Grants to restore shopfronts and improve the environment have been pretty much absent for 20 years, whereas the Council finds massive sums through grants to restore buildings in the Bay, which then just stand empty. They also need to be more liberal in allowing alternative uses for property, there is too much retail space and not enough business.

The best thing for Mostyn Street would be more realistic rents and rates and more independents shops. Give Upper Mostyn Street over to hospitality and encourage more specialist shops elsewhere as we have seen thrive in Conwy over recent years. Streets like Madoc Street (which until only a few decades ago was still mostly residential) should be moved to other uses offices or back to residential, with retail being concentrated more in the primary retail core in Mostyn Street. Marks moving could be the kick in the rear the Council needs to come up with an alternative plan.

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Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Reply #2178 on: January 25, 2021, 11:19:15 AM »
I understood from the past that none of the outlets there were allowed to sell food. Did I imagine this? Or can M&S get round it if true?
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« Reply #2179 on: January 25, 2021, 11:26:30 AM »
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I understood from the past that none of the outlets there were allowed to sell food. Did I imagine this? Or can M&S get round it if true?

Not sure, but I think there was a time limit on the covenant, something to do with Asda moving from that site, as Greyhound said above, I suspect things have changed, and they would rather M&S there, than not at all.

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« Reply #2180 on: January 25, 2021, 01:13:44 PM »
I seen very good plans a few years ago, concerning M&s moving and more going on, will this present council have the thought to carry that through, the covernence on the food was overcome so we will see.

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« Reply #2181 on: January 25, 2021, 01:56:43 PM »
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I seen very good plans a few years ago, concerning M&s moving and more going on, will this present council have the thought to carry that through, the covernence on the food was overcome so we will see.

Sounds interesting, what plans were these and where did you see them?

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« Reply #2182 on: January 27, 2021, 01:53:22 PM »
Calls for Welsh Government to make Llandudno a business rate free zone for three years

CONCERNS have been voiced over the future of shopping in Llandudno after reality hit that the retail park could soon be left with two huge empty units.

The fate of Llandudno Debenhams was sealed after it was confirmed that online fashion retailer Boohoo had bought the brand for £55 million.

The deal will see the Debenhams brand name survive but the company’s remaining 118 stores, including Llandudno - will shut for good.
Outfit, also located on Parc Llandudno, is set to close along with 21 other Outfit stores across the UK.

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« Reply #2183 on: January 29, 2021, 09:53:13 AM »
WH Smith is closing its store in Colwyn Bay town centre.

The company has announced the shop on Station Road will close at the end of July.

It said the store was not trading viably.
The brand is understood to have first opened in the town back in the 1920s and this move is a major blow to the town centre.

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« Reply #2184 on: February 08, 2021, 09:53:41 AM »
An interview with Edward Hiller, chief executive of Llandudno landowner Mostyn Estates

Faith in Llandudno retail sector despite double blow as 'rumours circulate' on M&S taking on site
Debenhams and Outfit stores shutting but belief town centre will 'keep evolving'

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« Reply #2185 on: February 17, 2021, 02:18:57 PM »
Tesco shoppers urged to check bank accounts after 'technical error' sees thousands charged twice
Here's when you can expect a refund

A Tesco ‘technical error’ has meant thousands of shoppers may have been double charged for their shopping.

The issue means that some card payments may have been processed twice - and the customers affected are likely to have seen an 'error' message while trying to make their purchases according to MoneySavingExpert.com.

The error could affect anyone who has shopped in Tesco stores and paid by card.

However, the supermarket giant has not revealed which stores may have been affected.

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Re: Everything to do with Shops....Marks and Spencer moving
« Reply #2186 on: February 19, 2021, 09:23:22 AM »
The relocation of Marks and Spencer from Llandudno high street is set to move forward with the chain confirming a deal to take on the Debenhams unit.

Marks and Spencer have been saying for nearly three years  that  they want to leave Mostyn Street and move to Parc Llandudno.

But up to now no plans had been submitted to progress the relocation.

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« Reply #2187 on: February 25, 2021, 12:46:03 PM »
Interesting piece of news I was unaware of............"Asda was recently purchased by billionaire brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa and private equity firm TDR Capital, in a deal valuing it at £6.8bn. ....Mohsin Issa CBE (born July 1971)[1] is a British billionaire, businessman and founder of Euro Garages, a chain of petrol filling stations that operate in Europe.[2] As part of a consortium with his brother Zuber and TDR Capital, he will also become the majority stakeholder in Asda, a deal announced in October 2020 to acquire the supermarket chain from Walmart is approved by regulators in the first half of 2021.[3]

Asda says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of the business which could put about 5,000 jobs at risk, including 3,000 non-store jobs.
Proposed cuts would include in areas such as cash management, where there is less work as more people shop online.

The company said it planned to create 4,500 jobs as it expands its online offering.

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Fast fashion chain Primark hopes to offload millions of pounds worth of last year's clothing stock when its shops reopen in England on 12 April.
The High Street giant does not offer online sales and says it expects to have lost £1.1bn in sales due to the latest lockdown closures.

It plans to sell more than £400m of last year's stock to help plug the gap.
Primark said its 153 stores would reopen in England on 12 April, and in Scotland on 26 April.

Unlike rivals, the retailer had no online operation to shift stock when stores were closed during lockdowns.

But Primark is not set up to sell online, and has said the costs involved in distribution and sales online would mean price rises for customers.

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« Reply #2188 on: March 06, 2021, 02:55:24 PM »
Marks and Spencer's Llandudno relocation hangs on 20 year old planning covenant over food sales
The original deeds for Parc Llandudno come with conditions that would stop the Foodhall from moving in

When Asda moved from that land in the early 2000s to build the large superstore opposite the retail park conditions were placed on the site.

This included a bar on a new supermarket chain coming to Parc Llandudno and a limit on the amount of food that can be sold from units - with no more than 10% of floorspace allowed to be taken up by food products.

This would be around 6,000sq ft at the Debenhams unit.

M&S says it needs around 12,000sq ft to accommodate its Foodhall - around 20% of the space at the unit and 41% of the ground floor.

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Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Reply #2189 on: March 07, 2021, 10:15:32 AM »
Urgent recalls from Co-op, Lidl and Tesco for meat, cakes, dog food and more

Customers are being warned over the posible health risk from products they have bought froms major UK supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Co-op.

Salmonella poisoning, food allergies and glass are just some of the reasons behind a number of urgent product recalls across the UK.

We've rounded up the latest products to be recalled.

If you have bought any of the items mentioned below, you need to be aware of these possible health risks.
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Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Reply #2189 on: March 07, 2021, 10:15:32 AM »