Debenhams has 'strong future in Weymouth'

Dorset Echo: Debenhams has 'strong future in Weymouth' Debenhams has 'strong future in Weymouth'

THE manager of Debenhams Weymouth says the store has a strong future in the town centre despite the national retailer issuing a post-Christmas profits warning.

Craig Tizard said the national picture will have ‘no implications’ on the New Bond Street shop’s future in the town. He said: “There is no risk to us.”

The company lowered its profit outlook earlier this week after a hoped-for surge in last-minute Christmas shopping failed to materialise.

Debenhams chief financial officer Simon Herrick quit the retailer 48 hours later.

Mr Tizard said the store, one of the largest in Weymouth town centre, was busy with shoppers in both the Boxing Day and New Year sales and sales were up compared to last year.

He said: “It has been a good week and all the customers were in good spirits. It’s been really positive.”

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8:39am Fri 3 Jan 14

ThomasFairfax says...

Why?
The store is usually empty, the quality of their goods is less than satisfactory and their prices are too high. Since the early 2000 the company has been accelerating downhill.
No wonder they are posting profit warnings again.
Why? The store is usually empty, the quality of their goods is less than satisfactory and their prices are too high. Since the early 2000 the company has been accelerating downhill. No wonder they are posting profit warnings again. ThomasFairfax

9:15am Fri 3 Jan 14

ziggystardust says...

Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is.
Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is. ziggystardust

9:23am Fri 3 Jan 14

satisfecho says...

ziggystardust wrote:
Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is.
But the ECHO forum posters from before the Olympics did.

They were adamant that the store would be leaving Weymouth as soon as the games were over.

That was 16 months ago!
[quote][p][bold]ziggystardust[/bold] wrote: Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is.[/p][/quote]But the ECHO forum posters from before the Olympics did. They were adamant that the store would be leaving Weymouth as soon as the games were over. That was 16 months ago! satisfecho

10:14am Fri 3 Jan 14

martaaay2 says...

so reading between the lines of that statement... they are making plans to leave
so reading between the lines of that statement... they are making plans to leave martaaay2

10:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

madmiacat says...

If it goes we will get a Primark
If it goes we will get a Primark madmiacat

10:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

Get a grip says...

satisfecho wrote:
ziggystardust wrote:
Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is.
But the ECHO forum posters from before the Olympics did.

They were adamant that the store would be leaving Weymouth as soon as the games were over.

That was 16 months ago!
The Weymouth pundits have been predicting that Debrnhams will close for years.

So say that the shop was built with Debenhams taking a month by month lease.

At some Debenhams will close then they will say I told you so.
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ziggystardust[/bold] wrote: Empty words, the store manager can't possibly know how secure Debenhams in Weymouths' future is is.[/p][/quote]But the ECHO forum posters from before the Olympics did. They were adamant that the store would be leaving Weymouth as soon as the games were over. That was 16 months ago![/p][/quote]The Weymouth pundits have been predicting that Debrnhams will close for years. So say that the shop was built with Debenhams taking a month by month lease. At some Debenhams will close then they will say I told you so. Get a grip

10:59am Fri 3 Jan 14

PHonnor says...

Another negative, Scaremongering story from this "local rag". Again and again this paper sensationalises stories to sell what most us us would not wipe our bums with.
Another negative, Scaremongering story from this "local rag". Again and again this paper sensationalises stories to sell what most us us would not wipe our bums with. PHonnor

11:04am Fri 3 Jan 14

Get a grip says...

madmiacat wrote:
If it goes we will get a Primark
How do you know this?
[quote][p][bold]madmiacat[/bold] wrote: If it goes we will get a Primark[/p][/quote]How do you know this? Get a grip

11:57am Fri 3 Jan 14

poppy33 says...

Who wants a Primark? More tat for the town.....
Who wants a Primark? More tat for the town..... poppy33

12:37pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mango man says...

I visited Weymouth at Christmas. I hadn't been into the town centre for a good few years and was really taken aback by how the whole place looks. Most of the famous high street brands have gone to be replaced by absolute dross. The town has become an embarrassment and who would blame Debenhams if they did pull out. Yes, times are hard and town centres have been hit harder than most, but surely Weymouth can do better than this depressing excuse for a 'shopping experience'
I visited Weymouth at Christmas. I hadn't been into the town centre for a good few years and was really taken aback by how the whole place looks. Most of the famous high street brands have gone to be replaced by absolute dross. The town has become an embarrassment and who would blame Debenhams if they did pull out. Yes, times are hard and town centres have been hit harder than most, but surely Weymouth can do better than this depressing excuse for a 'shopping experience' Mango man

2:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

madmiacat says...

Well as most posts on this website are based on non fact I just thought I wold follow the trend.....
Well as most posts on this website are based on non fact I just thought I wold follow the trend..... madmiacat

2:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

shy talk says...

Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in?
Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in? shy talk

2:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

satisfecho says...

shy talk wrote:
Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in?
I heard it was Harrods?
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in?[/p][/quote]I heard it was Harrods? satisfecho

3:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

dogloverdorset says...

Debenhams is the only place in town where you can actually buy anything half decent, it breaks my heart to see what a sad , down at heel town Weymouth has become, compared to the 70's , mainly , I fear due a series of incompetent councillors, it beggars belief that a town so reliant on tourism doesn't have a TIC

The new beach cafes look great, but they cannot detract from the scummy tat shops, betting shops etc that litter our streets

Why couldn't our council have had the vision that west Dorset had -?Dorchester is now an amazing shopping venue, with vibrant cafes and restaurants....poor weymouth, beautiful scenery , some lovely people but a disaster of a town centre
Debenhams is the only place in town where you can actually buy anything half decent, it breaks my heart to see what a sad , down at heel town Weymouth has become, compared to the 70's , mainly , I fear due a series of incompetent councillors, it beggars belief that a town so reliant on tourism doesn't have a TIC The new beach cafes look great, but they cannot detract from the scummy tat shops, betting shops etc that litter our streets Why couldn't our council have had the vision that west Dorset had -?Dorchester is now an amazing shopping venue, with vibrant cafes and restaurants....poor weymouth, beautiful scenery , some lovely people but a disaster of a town centre dogloverdorset

5:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

PHonnor says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
Debenhams is the only place in town where you can actually buy anything half decent, it breaks my heart to see what a sad , down at heel town Weymouth has become, compared to the 70's , mainly , I fear due a series of incompetent councillors, it beggars belief that a town so reliant on tourism doesn't have a TIC

The new beach cafes look great, but they cannot detract from the scummy tat shops, betting shops etc that litter our streets

Why couldn't our council have had the vision that west Dorset had -?Dorchester is now an amazing shopping venue, with vibrant cafes and restaurants....poor weymouth, beautiful scenery , some lovely people but a disaster of a town centre
People bring up Dorchester with its new shops that many can't afford to shop in, it's new 3 screen cinema ( weymouth has 9) and its chain restaurants, which weymouth has many better quality independent restaurants, it's a novelty, yes nice to visit but one of the main reasons shops are closing is because many now shop on the internet, I've not been shopping for 2 years, there is no need. If people used their local shops & restaurants then they may last a little longer.
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: Debenhams is the only place in town where you can actually buy anything half decent, it breaks my heart to see what a sad , down at heel town Weymouth has become, compared to the 70's , mainly , I fear due a series of incompetent councillors, it beggars belief that a town so reliant on tourism doesn't have a TIC The new beach cafes look great, but they cannot detract from the scummy tat shops, betting shops etc that litter our streets Why couldn't our council have had the vision that west Dorset had -?Dorchester is now an amazing shopping venue, with vibrant cafes and restaurants....poor weymouth, beautiful scenery , some lovely people but a disaster of a town centre[/p][/quote]People bring up Dorchester with its new shops that many can't afford to shop in, it's new 3 screen cinema ( weymouth has 9) and its chain restaurants, which weymouth has many better quality independent restaurants, it's a novelty, yes nice to visit but one of the main reasons shops are closing is because many now shop on the internet, I've not been shopping for 2 years, there is no need. If people used their local shops & restaurants then they may last a little longer. PHonnor

6:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

marabout says...

I understand that Sainsbury's are moving out and a brand new HOMEBASE store will take its place…. Yippeeee.
I understand that Sainsbury's are moving out and a brand new HOMEBASE store will take its place…. Yippeeee. marabout

9:56pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Rocksalt says...

I fear it's too late now for Weymouth to return to be the nice 'general' shopping centre. The internet has, of course, taken a fair bit of business and this will increase. The trend in most of the country is for retail to migrate to a smaller number of shopping centres drawing people from a wider catchment. Dorchester has already bagged that slot, or Poole Bournemouth a bit further afield.

Bigger towns than Weymouth have found themselves left with a diminishing number of fairly bland shops. We haven't yet got wall to wall pound shops, but that's one of the common outcomes.

It doesn't have to be like that, but I am not sure there is any mileage in trying to attract back some of the traditional high street favourites. Probably best to lower rents and business rates and try and attract or generate something different. Easier said than done, I concede, but not impossible.
I fear it's too late now for Weymouth to return to be the nice 'general' shopping centre. The internet has, of course, taken a fair bit of business and this will increase. The trend in most of the country is for retail to migrate to a smaller number of shopping centres drawing people from a wider catchment. Dorchester has already bagged that slot, or Poole Bournemouth a bit further afield. Bigger towns than Weymouth have found themselves left with a diminishing number of fairly bland shops. We haven't yet got wall to wall pound shops, but that's one of the common outcomes. It doesn't have to be like that, but I am not sure there is any mileage in trying to attract back some of the traditional high street favourites. Probably best to lower rents and business rates and try and attract or generate something different. Easier said than done, I concede, but not impossible. Rocksalt

10:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

PHonnor says...

Rocksalt wrote:
I fear it's too late now for Weymouth to return to be the nice 'general' shopping centre. The internet has, of course, taken a fair bit of business and this will increase. The trend in most of the country is for retail to migrate to a smaller number of shopping centres drawing people from a wider catchment. Dorchester has already bagged that slot, or Poole Bournemouth a bit further afield.

Bigger towns than Weymouth have found themselves left with a diminishing number of fairly bland shops. We haven't yet got wall to wall pound shops, but that's one of the common outcomes.

It doesn't have to be like that, but I am not sure there is any mileage in trying to attract back some of the traditional high street favourites. Probably best to lower rents and business rates and try and attract or generate something different. Easier said than done, I concede, but not impossible.
The shops in Dorchester don't plug the gap for things like menswear, if you want this then poole/Bournemouth is and has always been the place to go. What weymouth should concentrate on is attracting and supporting independent retailers, those shops you don't get in identikit town centres, that is where we should look to.
[quote][p][bold]Rocksalt[/bold] wrote: I fear it's too late now for Weymouth to return to be the nice 'general' shopping centre. The internet has, of course, taken a fair bit of business and this will increase. The trend in most of the country is for retail to migrate to a smaller number of shopping centres drawing people from a wider catchment. Dorchester has already bagged that slot, or Poole Bournemouth a bit further afield. Bigger towns than Weymouth have found themselves left with a diminishing number of fairly bland shops. We haven't yet got wall to wall pound shops, but that's one of the common outcomes. It doesn't have to be like that, but I am not sure there is any mileage in trying to attract back some of the traditional high street favourites. Probably best to lower rents and business rates and try and attract or generate something different. Easier said than done, I concede, but not impossible.[/p][/quote]The shops in Dorchester don't plug the gap for things like menswear, if you want this then poole/Bournemouth is and has always been the place to go. What weymouth should concentrate on is attracting and supporting independent retailers, those shops you don't get in identikit town centres, that is where we should look to. PHonnor

7:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores.

They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends.

To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK.

The High Street of old is dead.
People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores. They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends. To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK. The High Street of old is dead. Is it me or is everything rubbish?

8:03am Sun 5 Jan 14

PHonnor says...

Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores.

They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends.

To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK.

The High Street of old is dead.
But brand names also have an internet presence, for instance, I'm wearing a pair of Levi's, a pair of addidas trainers and a t shirt all purchased from online retailers cheaper than what I would pay in a high street shop. For high street shops to attract they need a unique selling point. Regarding restaurants, I can't say I've had a better meal in any of the chain restaurants in brewery square than I've had at say, The Stable, DBG, or such like.
[quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores. They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends. To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK. The High Street of old is dead.[/p][/quote]But brand names also have an internet presence, for instance, I'm wearing a pair of Levi's, a pair of addidas trainers and a t shirt all purchased from online retailers cheaper than what I would pay in a high street shop. For high street shops to attract they need a unique selling point. Regarding restaurants, I can't say I've had a better meal in any of the chain restaurants in brewery square than I've had at say, The Stable, DBG, or such like. PHonnor

9:23am Sun 5 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

shy talk wrote:
Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in?
I'd heard that one too.
And i think it's rubbish. Sainsbury's would not be making that large an investment and then deciding to pull out less than 6 months after opening. They'll have done their research and they'll know how long it will take for trade to pick up. I wouldn't expect an announcement like that for at least 18 months - two years.
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Is it true that Sainsbury is moving out and B&Q moving in?[/p][/quote]I'd heard that one too. And i think it's rubbish. Sainsbury's would not be making that large an investment and then deciding to pull out less than 6 months after opening. They'll have done their research and they'll know how long it will take for trade to pick up. I wouldn't expect an announcement like that for at least 18 months - two years. JamesYoung

9:25am Sun 5 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores.

They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends.

To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK.

The High Street of old is dead.
Sadly, i think you are right, although West Quay is a poor example because the catchment area for that shopping centre is huge.
Being indoors certainly helps too.
[quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: People want brand names, they are not interested in small, independent family owned stores. They want something that they know, that they recognise and (more importantly) something that has a bit of kudos with their friends. To support this theory, go and visit the West Quay Centre in Southampton. It is absolutely packed at the weekend, and it is full of multiple retailers and chain restaurants. Ditto any other massive shopping centre in the UK. The High Street of old is dead.[/p][/quote]Sadly, i think you are right, although West Quay is a poor example because the catchment area for that shopping centre is huge. Being indoors certainly helps too. JamesYoung

10:50am Sun 5 Jan 14

Simon Nicholas says...

Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming..............
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As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable.
At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours...........

Simon N.
Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming.............. .... As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable. At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours........... Simon N. Simon Nicholas

12:22pm Sun 5 Jan 14

dogloverdorset says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming..............

....
As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable.
At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours...........

Simon N.
But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door....
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming.............. .... As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable. At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours........... Simon N.[/p][/quote]But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door.... dogloverdorset

12:32pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Simon Nicholas says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
Simon Nicholas wrote:
Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming..............


....
As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable.
At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours...........

Simon N.
But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door....
Well good luck to Bridport, thats good to hear. it is a fairly remote town though, with less competition from large retailers than elsewhere.

I like the town a lot, but I don`t know if I would call it a shopping destination to be honest.

Cheers
Simon N.
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming.............. .... As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable. At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours........... Simon N.[/p][/quote]But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door....[/p][/quote]Well good luck to Bridport, thats good to hear. it is a fairly remote town though, with less competition from large retailers than elsewhere. I like the town a lot, but I don`t know if I would call it a shopping destination to be honest. Cheers Simon N. Simon Nicholas

12:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The Fish says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
Simon Nicholas wrote:
Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming..............


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As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable.
At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours...........

Simon N.
But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door....
Try the butchers at Chapelhay shops - very good
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: Correct, you cannot compare a small town`s shopping offering such as Weymouth. with the large centres of Southampton / Poole / Bourmemouth etc. These bigger areas are the only ones where national retailers are willing to invest in now, and who can blaim them? They are the future for high street retail as the catchment areas are there. However, Weymouth is doing reasonably ok, it still has large Marks & Spencers, Debenhams stores, and many national retailers such as WH Smith, Argos and Wilkinsons, to name but a few, are still active in the town. There are not that many empty shops in comparison to other similar sized towns, and so what if a few of the shops here are betting offices? - would you all prefer more boarded up premises instead? Weymouth is lucky in that its town centre is next to the beach and harbour, and that for three or four months of the year, the tourist spend significantly boosts the revenue of the business remaining - you really would need to worry if the much derided tourists stopped coming.............. .... As for Primark, I note that some of you are turning your nose up at them, just showing how out of touch you are all - the one in Cardiff is already massive, and is closing soon as they are moving to an even bigger store, the shop is used by all classes, not just the great unwashed, the staff are friendly, the store well presented and modern and the prices are reasonable. At the end of the day however, as already stated above, if the local people decide to shop in out of town stores, or on line, what right of any of you to complain about the state of the high street in the year 2014 - its not the councils or the governments fault, its all yours........... Simon N.[/p][/quote]But Bridport is a smaller town than Weymouth , and has managed to become a shopping destination, because it has good quality independent shops - I cant even find a decent butcher in Weymouth, yet there are two in Bridport with queues out the door....[/p][/quote]Try the butchers at Chapelhay shops - very good The Fish

7:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Rocksalt says...

It seems like I am out of touch because I prefer not to buy clothes from shops who use appalling sweatshops. Like Primark.
It seems like I am out of touch because I prefer not to buy clothes from shops who use appalling sweatshops. Like Primark. Rocksalt

3:01pm Tue 7 Jan 14

shuttling says...

madmiacat wrote:
If it goes we will get a Primark
I would like to see a Primark in town I think it would bring more business in to the town, certainly more footfall of people who like Primark and I really don't think it would affect other shops.
[quote][p][bold]madmiacat[/bold] wrote: If it goes we will get a Primark[/p][/quote]I would like to see a Primark in town I think it would bring more business in to the town, certainly more footfall of people who like Primark and I really don't think it would affect other shops. shuttling

5:38pm Mon 13 Jan 14

JACKC says...

primark - like going to a jumble sale, although popular with youngsters who can spend their pocket money for their clothes. One of the reasons Weymouth doesn't attract a lot of shoppers is the cost of parking. Quite a few people I know now go elsewhere as there's more choice and cheaper parking, along with a variety of eateries. Debenhams is too expensive, I only shop there when there is a sale on, or look at what's there for ideas and go online to get it cheaper.
primark - like going to a jumble sale, although popular with youngsters who can spend their pocket money for their clothes. One of the reasons Weymouth doesn't attract a lot of shoppers is the cost of parking. Quite a few people I know now go elsewhere as there's more choice and cheaper parking, along with a variety of eateries. Debenhams is too expensive, I only shop there when there is a sale on, or look at what's there for ideas and go online to get it cheaper. JACKC

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