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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11705643

Less than a third of the 1,400 stores belonging to drink-chain Threshers have re-opened as off-licences a year after the firm went into administration.

Administrators KPMG say only 400 of the stores have been sold, with the majority being bought by small off-licence chains.

The other 1,000 have been returned to landlords, say the administrators.

Just think if it wasn't for the recovery maybe all 1400 would have remained closed.

I wonder how long it will take for the empty stores to be let out, that could be a very interesting stat.

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Just think if it wasn't for the recovery maybe all 1400 would have remained closed.

I wonder how long it will take for the empty stores to be let out, that could be a very interesting stat.

Many of the ones I know have already re-opened. The one 50 yards down the road from me is now a scooter shop and the next nearest is a Premier Mini Market.

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It is hardly surprising that a big chain of specialist "off licences" went bust.

The whole concept of an "off licence" is pretty much outmoded when every local shop and supermarket can sell booze if they want to anyway.

Even without the recession, they were doomed.

Almost all the little shops and every supermarket near me sells alcohol.

Go "down the offie"??? Which one would that be, then?

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The whole concept of an "off licence" is pretty much outmoded when every local shop and supermarket can sell booze if they want to anyway.

A large (2 shop corner) off licence, think it was Threshers or perhaps another chain, closed on the intersection Cheltenham Road & Glos Road, Bristol, several months ago. This is despite being in the thick of student/grad-ville. It has now opened as a Sainsbury's Local. Not been in, but would be very surprised if it didn't sell booze.

Not only that, it opens 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. No contest. I don't know how they have gotten round the Sunday rule, but there it is. Very busy every time I pass it.

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Go "down the offie"??? Which one would that be, then?

The only one I ever thought had an edge on the supermarkets was Oddbins. And that may very well have been down to local factors: good stock, and staff who were serious about wine and about their customers.

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The only one I ever thought had an edge on the supermarkets was Oddbins. And that may very well have been down to local factors: good stock, and staff who were serious about wine and about their customers.

Majestic. Big edge, as they employ graduates on low wages and generally don't pay for expensive high street stores. The deals get better with the size of the order. If/when the big supermarkets take on this model, for say a subsection of their shops, then they will be in trouble.

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A large (2 shop corner) off licence, think it was Threshers or perhaps another chain, closed on the intersection Cheltenham Road & Glos Road, Bristol, several months ago. This is despite being in the thick of student/grad-ville. It has now opened as a Sainsbury's Local. Not been in, but would be very surprised if it didn't sell booze.

Not only that, it opens 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. No contest. I don't know how they have gotten round the Sunday rule, but there it is. Very busy every time I pass it.

Isn't the Sunday trading rule based of floor space (max 280m2)

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So it won't be a kebabless recovery then.

You know what, my favourite kebab van is still running, in the same location over a decade after I first started buying unidentifiable grease-meat from them. Are kebabs the next bubble?

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A large (2 shop corner) off licence, think it was Threshers or perhaps another chain, closed on the intersection Cheltenham Road & Glos Road, Bristol, several months ago. This is despite being in the thick of student/grad-ville. It has now opened as a Sainsbury's Local. Not been in, but would be very surprised if it didn't sell booze.

Not only that, it opens 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. No contest. I don't know how they have gotten round the Sunday rule, but there it is. Very busy every time I pass it.

They get round it by having a floor area of 279 sq meters.

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My one has reopened, but the staff are different.

I used to be able to buy on tick, to be honest, every single one of my shops gave me on tick facility. I have now moved, and I'm near a town centre,so its a bit different to living in a suburb, already got one shop that allows me to buy on tick. :)

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Alcohol isn't connected to Sunday trading laws so if they are open they can sell it and metros are too small to have the trading restrictions. It's all down to the local authority

and most 24 hour corner shops have applied to sell 24/7.

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Majestic. Big edge, as they employ graduates on low wages and generally don't pay for expensive high street stores. The deals get better with the size of the order. If/when the big supermarkets take on this model, for say a subsection of their shops, then they will be in trouble.

I think Majestic will suffer badly when the middle class finally feel the pinch - highly discretionary and easy to forget it's there if you stop driving past it to work everyday.

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I think Majestic will suffer badly when the middle class finally feel the pinch - highly discretionary and easy to forget it's there if you stop driving past it to work everyday.

I do think they will suffer, but how much is the question. There is a lot of the market vacated recently by their competitors. I also think the middle class alcoholic problem will perhaps worsen with the oncoming storm, perhaps Majestic can adjust their range to accomodate even cheaper wines. Hope they don't go under as I enjoy the personal touch and do think they offer bloody good value for money. No, no interest to declare, just a satisfied customer.

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Majestic. Big edge, as they employ graduates on low wages and generally don't pay for expensive high street stores. The deals get better with the size of the order. If/when the big supermarkets take on this model, for say a subsection of their shops, then they will be in trouble.

I find the Nicholas chain quite good, with helpful staff, though how they manage to employ ONLY French people is beyond me.

That said, I make my own wine from homegrown fruit and veg anyway, so don't use offies much.

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This is not a wind up.

Since my local Threshers shut down, there is absolutely nowhere local for me to buy a good selection of ready chilled Champagne. The local Sainsbury's and Costcutters keep what little selection they do have nice and warm on the shelf behind the tills.

I was miffed to put it mildy when I had to drink lukewarm Champagne when Gordon Brown finally decided to leave 10 Downing street earlier this year after the general election results. :P

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I was miffed to put it mildy when I had to drink lukewarm Champagne when Gordon Brown finally decided to leave 10 Downing street earlier this year after the general election results. :P

It really doesn't take that long to cool some champers. Was it that urgent? :rolleyes:

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This is not a wind up.

Since my local Threshers shut down, there is absolutely nowhere local for me to buy a good selection of ready chilled Champagne. The local Sainsbury's and Costcutters keep what little selection they do have nice and warm on the shelf behind the tills.

I was miffed to put it mildy when I had to drink lukewarm Champagne when Gordon Brown finally decided to leave 10 Downing street earlier this year after the general election results. :P

How dreadful.

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How dreadful.

:lol: Reading that back, I guess it sounds like I drink Champagne all the time, lol. I guess my point was that if you had a last minute celebration for some reason or another, the local Thrashers was always good to get a resonably priced, and more importantly ready chilled, bottle of Champagne.

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:lol: Reading that back, I guess it sounds like I drink Champagne all the time, lol. I guess my point was that if you had a last minute celebration for some reason or another, the local Thrashers was always good to get a resonably priced, and more importantly ready chilled, bottle of Champagne.

I do know what you mean, though.

But I have to admit that for me, these days it's more likely to be Spanish Cava than Champagne. Damn this economy!

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