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Went food shopping today, wasn't that busy, considering

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51 minutes ago, Fence said:

However, things have surprised on the upside for a few years now.

Yeah, they have managed to pull good results out if the bag for the last few years, and it won't suprise me if they do it again.

 

That said I'm interested to see what the M&S results are.  I was a Christmas temp there in 1998, I'm sure it was a lot busier then.  I recon they could be heading for a bad Christmas.

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5 hours ago, Fence said:

Is the Bracknell shopping centre now open?  Competition?  Last time in Wokingham it was going through a refit.

The Bracknell shopping centre (The Lexicon) is simply rebranding of their high street. They had me fooled too and I live in  neighbouring Wokingham. I try and avoid as much as possible. The place itself isn't so bad but the traffic is terrible and the people are like another fricking species. I wouldn't say Bracknell competes with Wokingham but more with Reading's Oracle. Wokingham is a very practical high street with handy shops, banks, cafes etc but lacks pretty much any of the large retailers foundling Bracknell or Reading. It recently lost the not very large M&S to Bracknell though. 

Wokingham is part way through the building work which is expected to be completed in 2020. It has caused havoc with the traffic according to the shop owners I've spoken to but not a factor for us since it's an easy walk. 

Wokingham recently came sixth in best places to live in UK.  I'm not sure though which way the regeneration will push it in the charts though.

Anyway, Happy Christmas to you and all on this forum. 

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14 hours ago, reddog said:

Yeah, they have managed to pull good results out if the bag for the last few years, and it won't suprise me if they do it again.

 

That said I'm interested to see what the M&S results are.  I was a Christmas temp there in 1998, I'm sure it was a lot busier then.  I recon they could be heading for a bad Christmas.

I was in M&S on Saturday (with a fairly well-off friend) and surprised at the amount of reductions. There were discounts all over the place even 50% off quite a few things such as Port was 16 pounds now 8. Although packaged in a dinky designer bottle which when I looked closely was 50cl and I am pretty sure Port used to come in 70cl same as wine. The only shop I've seen this xmas which looked genuinely busy. Still looked expensive to me though so was happy to assist my friend to pile up the trolley and leave it at that.

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1 hour ago, Funn3r said:

I was in M&S on Saturday (with a fairly well-off friend) and surprised at the amount of reductions. There were discounts all over the place even 50% off quite a few things such as Port was 16 pounds now 8. Although packaged in a dinky designer bottle which when I looked closely was 50cl and I am pretty sure Port used to come in 70cl same as wine. The only shop I've seen this xmas which looked genuinely busy. Still looked expensive to me though so was happy to assist my friend to pile up the trolley and leave it at that.

Precisely. It's a game of managing you/our perception. In many cases the reason why the discount is so large is that it was never worth the asking price in the first place, rather than getting a good deal. To use a very apt analogy it's like feeling smug because you manage to get 30% off a house 'worth' £1.8m when 20 yrs ago it was sold for £250k.

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You southerners make me larf.

There’s never a rush up here because we haven’t had an economy since 1985. Even on a normal Saturday, the shops along Newgate - once the Champs Elysees of Bishop Auckland - start closing at 3pm from lack of interest. 

Most shops here are boarded up. The others last such a short time that few ever get round to putting a signboard up.

There was a flurry of footfall in the Co-op on Sunday evening, which is when you get the markdowns. I got some half-price 'stillfresh' mince and a bag of ‘irresistible, loved by us’ doughnuts for 19p.

I admit, there are other factors. We don’t panic shop anyway because, if you’ve forgotten anything, you can always borrow a cup of coal or whatever from next door. And the Salvation Army is pretty big up here, handing out cups of tea left and right. Over a quarter of a million a year apparently. If they are helping the multinats to star buck off I'm not complaining.

 

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