well no great loss then...officers club is full of chav clothing and Whitards of Chelsea is a pointless waist of shopping space...why would you buy tea from anywhere other than a super market in less you have more money than sense.
Personally I would guess at :
Barratts or/and shoefare ( the shoe shops)
Blockbusters (internet buying/renting will kill them off)
One of the big book shops waterstone/borders or wh smiths, with the latter two being the most likely
Mothercare and/or Adams
HomeBase or Magnet
DFS or SCS
He's been after M&S for years, so this should be interesting.
I doubt PC World will go down, they are part of Dixon group, and those companies are the kings of High Street piracy. See you coming a mile away, rob you blind, smugly gloating as they run you through with the 3 year warantee you clearly do not need.
But seriously, if our massive companies are struggling, surely this indicates the really dire straits our economy is in? Should we be sh1tting it, or just shrugging to ourselves, muttering 'que, sera, sera' quietly into our pints?
The Pier Group went down as when folk tighten their belts they do not buy nice extras for a house. They concentrate on feeding the family and with nil overtime or bonus do not spend.
With the massive decrease in house purchases & new builds I would predict that another furniture chain and a carpet chain goes belly up.
I think we will see a Jewellery chain bite the bullet.
Was in Dublin yesterday with mates and the Rumour Mill/Jungle Drums are that VW are going to close 50% of their Southern dealerships & that BMW will be flogging cars cheap very soon to raise cash. With the Auto industry in diffs a 'smoke damaged sale' seems to be real. My oppo was offered to upgrade from a top the range 3 Series Beamer to a 5 Series top of the range for only â¬12K over 3 years.
I also see a bookstore chain closing & a well known restaurant chain closing overnight as folk opt to eat in at home with a bottle of wine to save money. Tough times ahead for us all. Tighten the belts !
I think that Witards are so empty that their till takings are not even covering the electricity bill never mind wages & rent. I give them 6 weeks.
Elizabeth Duke actually does well in a credit crunch. I was in Argos in Belfast today getting the wee fella a Wii game and the amount of Chav Scum from Belfast buying hoopy earings & bling scared me.
Discounters always do well in a crunch.
I do confess that I was at the Christmas Market at City Hall with Mrs K. Saw Bratties at Â£3.50 each the next day bought 8 jumbo spicy ones from LIDL @ Â£1.99 for my Boxing Day BBQ and Rock Star night for the boys.