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The shop is in Neil Street, Covent Garden, but sadly has now gone bust.

It closes at the end of March.

Apparently sales have just dropped, and the shop is no longer viable.

The current owners are joining the ranks of the unemployed.

At the moment they're having their closing down sale.

It's was a bit of a landmark for me, I knew where things were relative to the Kite Store.

Sadly with the economy faltering, I guess kites are going to be one of the first things to go.

It will be sorely missed.

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I've been there a few times: I wonder if they'll be able to start up again somewhere with more reasonable rents? Neil Street can't be cheap.

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I've been there a few times: I wonder if they'll be able to start up again somewhere with more reasonable rents? Neil Street can't be cheap.

I believe the company has gone into administration, and won't be re-opening anywhere.

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"I knew where things were relative to the Kite Store"

Your not basing your feelings on the state of the wider economy on the fortunes of a shop selling Kites in one of the most expensive retail postcodes on Earth are you :blink: ???

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"I knew where things were relative to the Kite Store"

Your not basing your feelings on the state of the wider economy on the fortunes of a shop selling Kites in one of the most expensive retail postcodes on Earth are you :blink: ???

But this is indicative of a wider destruction of diversity and specialisation, to be replaced by homogenised mass consumerism - a boring culture of sameness. Covent Garden used to be a classic London interesting walk-about. Its now a total waste of a trip. But as you say, it is one of the most expensive retail postcodes on Earth, and why... it used to be an classic London interesting walk around... Someone always kill the things we love to exploit our love.

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Your not basing your feelings on the state of the wider economy on the fortunes of a shop selling Kites in one of the most expensive retail postcodes on Earth are you :blink: ???

Perhaps the word "landmark" might give you a clue?

Edited by BandWagon

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it used to be an classic London interesting walk around... Someone always kill the things we love to exploit our love.

When an area becomes popular the landlords push up the rents until only homogenised big business stores can afford to operate there. The good news is that it's hard for the same thing to happen on the web.

I suspect the Kite Store did a lot of their business by mail order, so they'd probably have done better to move somewhere cheaper and concentrate on web sales.

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Perhaps the word "landmark" might give you a clue?

Okay then, below is a cut and paste of your post. Note the context of where your "Landmark" statement appears, sandwiched between two economic based sentences.

"Apparently sales have just dropped, and the shop is no longer viable.

The current owners are joining the ranks of the unemployed.

At the moment they're having their closing down sale.

It's was a bit of a landmark for me, I knew where things were relative to the Kite Store.

Sadly with the economy faltering, I guess kites are going to be one of the first things to go."

With writing like that, I'll need a clue. As will others it seems, going by another reply posted. :rolleyes:

Edited by billy-g

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Obviously the slowdown knocked the wind out of their sails.

I think things will be O.K. I'm sure they can pull some strings.

Edited by music man

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I think things will be O.K. I'm sure they can pull some strings.

I'm in gales of laughter over that one!

This does show I am right to be a bit windy about the economy. It's mind-blowing.

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Never ridicule kites.

There is no better feeling than flying a 2 meter parafoil on a beautiful spring day on top of your favorite hill.

It's sad news that they are closing.

Very true.

Or being dragged across a mud field on your **** at 20mph! Total exhilaration!

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in a time when people are complaining about the quality of the threads - I cant believe we are talking about KITES!!!! :blink:

TB

Opps just realised this is BUMPING the post :)

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Shame they are closing. I remember it being the only place I could find to buy balloon / kite fabric 15 or so years ago for making bags i'd designed.

These days, given the strengths the web, I see retail shops / leases /bus. rates as a massive liabilty. At the end of the last recesssion in 1996, I got sucked into a cheap warehouse on a low rent for the first time.

Unfortuneately, when the 3 year rent review came, the landlord wanted to double the rent and it cost £1000's to dispute it. i would only ever sign an 'easy get out' license again on premises, business is too uncertain these days for long leases.

Ther is no flexibilty in business rates either, they will have you in court so quickly if you get behind, it just adds to the pressure & risk aversion of a venture in the first place.

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in a time when people are complaining about the quality of the threads - I cant believe we are talking about KITES!!!! :blink:

TB

Opps just realised this is BUMPING the post :)

I agree. This thread is pure Tom Kite!

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I bought a kite as an office leaving present from that shop.

It doesn't surprise me that it's bust.

Where in London can you fly a kite?

Even the largest parks are so full of people that it's difficult to find enough space to get a kite whizzing around without endangering the kids running around beneath.

I raraely get the chance to fly mine - I'm so incompetent that I need about half and acre of open ground just to avoid decapitating anyone.

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