Closing time for Dorchester's Wellchester store

DORCHESTER’S Wellchester store is to close its doors.

A closing down sale has been launched at the South Street store, which opened as Wellworths three years ago after the collapse of Woolworths and was later forced to change its name.

Store manager Claire Robertson left Wellchester last month to set up her own consultancy business advising other retailers.

The store is expected to close some time in August.

For more on the story see Tuesday’s Dorset Echo.

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2:07pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Get a grip says...

Predictable.
Predictable. Get a grip
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2:12pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ManOnTheSilverMountain says...

Will Chris Evens be here to lock the doors and turn off the lights?
Will Chris Evens be here to lock the doors and turn off the lights? ManOnTheSilverMountain
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3:19pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Well I never.
Well I never. CoogarUK.com
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3:24pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Nothing to do with the range of goods they sell, I imagine.
Nothing to do with the range of goods they sell, I imagine. CoogarUK.com
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3:26pm Mon 9 Jul 12

jmc1 says...

Get a grip wrote:
Predictable.
Why was it predictable.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Predictable.[/p][/quote]Why was it predictable. jmc1
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3:28pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one!
It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one! CoogarUK.com
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3:36pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

jmc1 wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Predictable.
Why was it predictable.
Because Woolworths had already proved it to be a failed concept in today's marketplace, among many reasons.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Predictable.[/p][/quote]Why was it predictable.[/p][/quote]Because Woolworths had already proved it to be a failed concept in today's marketplace, among many reasons. CoogarUK.com
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3:39pm Mon 9 Jul 12

unexpected error says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Predictable.
Why was it predictable.
Because Woolworths had already proved it to be a failed concept in today's marketplace, among many reasons.
Wilkinsons seem to do ok
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Predictable.[/p][/quote]Why was it predictable.[/p][/quote]Because Woolworths had already proved it to be a failed concept in today's marketplace, among many reasons.[/p][/quote]Wilkinsons seem to do ok unexpected error
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4:07pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mrs Grumps says...

Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world. It has just been badly run here in the UK for so long. It started going downhill about twenty years ago. I stopped shopping there when I felt unwelcome.

I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her.

It's a great pity but perhaps our high streets are showing just how poor our retail business sense in in this country. A charity shop boom and empty premises in many high streets should make our retailers think hard about how they do things in the 21st century.
Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world. It has just been badly run here in the UK for so long. It started going downhill about twenty years ago. I stopped shopping there when I felt unwelcome. I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her. It's a great pity but perhaps our high streets are showing just how poor our retail business sense in in this country. A charity shop boom and empty premises in many high streets should make our retailers think hard about how they do things in the 21st century. Mrs Grumps
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4:12pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world."

Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading.

!I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her"

I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead.

I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam. CoogarUK.com
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4:13pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Peter Bendon says...

It didn't really seem like Woolworths. Weird Dorchester shop more like
It didn't really seem like Woolworths. Weird Dorchester shop more like Peter Bendon
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4:34pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Get a grip wrote:
Predictable.
Predictable comment!
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Predictable.[/p][/quote]Predictable comment! Jello Biafra
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5:08pm Mon 9 Jul 12

stench says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
Nothing special, that's a bit harsh?

Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: "Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.[/p][/quote]Nothing special, that's a bit harsh? Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about). stench
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5:29pm Mon 9 Jul 12

jmc1 says...

The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names. jmc1
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5:54pm Mon 9 Jul 12

snowleopard says...

Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?
Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it? snowleopard
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5:59pm Mon 9 Jul 12

old-mo says...

Store manager Claire Robertson left Wellchester last month to set up her own consultancy business advising other retailers.
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Had to have a little snigger to myself...

What happened to her on this one then?

Not very good advise to the poor people who put so much money in...
Store manager Claire Robertson left Wellchester last month to set up her own consultancy business advising other retailers. .................... .................... ...... Had to have a little snigger to myself... What happened to her on this one then? Not very good advise to the poor people who put so much money in... old-mo
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6:05pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually. CoogarUK.com
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6:07pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

snowleopard wrote:
Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?
Spot on. Check out my little pun/clue in an earlier comment above ;)
[quote][p][bold]snowleopard[/bold] wrote: Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Check out my little pun/clue in an earlier comment above ;) CoogarUK.com
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6:10pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

stench wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
Nothing special, that's a bit harsh?

Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).
Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: "Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.[/p][/quote]Nothing special, that's a bit harsh? Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).[/p][/quote]Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer. CoogarUK.com
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6:36pm Mon 9 Jul 12

the equaliser1940 says...

Such a shame. took a chance and deserved to succede, especially in these days of so much negative thinking.
Such a shame. took a chance and deserved to succede, especially in these days of so much negative thinking. the equaliser1940
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6:54pm Mon 9 Jul 12

jmc1 says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually.[/p][/quote]Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group jmc1
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6:55pm Mon 9 Jul 12

HavenSeaview says...

Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres??
Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres?? HavenSeaview
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6:59pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group
Shop Direct Group, actually.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually.[/p][/quote]Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group[/p][/quote]Shop Direct Group, actually. CoogarUK.com
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7:14pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

I do feel sorry for the staff. To be facing the same fate three years on is tragic.
I do feel sorry for the staff. To be facing the same fate three years on is tragic. CoogarUK.com
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7:15pm Mon 9 Jul 12

jmc1 says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group
Shop Direct Group, actually.
You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually.[/p][/quote]Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group[/p][/quote]Shop Direct Group, actually.[/p][/quote]You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually jmc1
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7:17pm Mon 9 Jul 12

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

CoogarUK.com wrote:
stench wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
Nothing special, that's a bit harsh?

Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).
Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.
The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise).
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The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream.
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Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination.
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As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example.
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I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them?
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: "Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.[/p][/quote]Nothing special, that's a bit harsh? Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).[/p][/quote]Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.[/p][/quote]The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise). . The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream. . Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination. . As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example. . I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them? Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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7:35pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ksmain says...

The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under

Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music.

I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years.
The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music. I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years. ksmain
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7:37pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group
Shop Direct Group, actually.
You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually
Nothing wrong with being accurate. It gives a better chance of success.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually.[/p][/quote]Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group[/p][/quote]Shop Direct Group, actually.[/p][/quote]You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with being accurate. It gives a better chance of success. CoogarUK.com
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7:40pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
stench wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
Nothing special, that's a bit harsh?

Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).
Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.
The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise).
.
The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream.
.
Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination.
.
As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example.
.
I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them?
Good post. Except for one thing... I think Business Link was itself a victim of the cuts and is therefore no more. I stand to be corrected if wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: "Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.[/p][/quote]Nothing special, that's a bit harsh? Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).[/p][/quote]Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.[/p][/quote]The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise). . The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream. . Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination. . As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example. . I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them?[/p][/quote]Good post. Except for one thing... I think Business Link was itself a victim of the cuts and is therefore no more. I stand to be corrected if wrong. CoogarUK.com
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7:42pm Mon 9 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

ksmain wrote:
The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under

Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music.

I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years.
Another good post.
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music. I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years.[/p][/quote]Another good post. CoogarUK.com
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7:51pm Mon 9 Jul 12

joe00 says...

another store closing in dorchester sign of the times
another store closing in dorchester sign of the times joe00
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7:58pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc. Esio Trot
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9:25pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ksmain says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe? ksmain
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10:09pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

ksmain wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?
What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!!

It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc.

I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice!

As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure.
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?[/p][/quote]What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!! It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc. I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice! As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure. Esio Trot
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10:11pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!! Esio Trot
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10:35pm Mon 9 Jul 12

jmc1 says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!![/p][/quote]Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle. jmc1
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11:17pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Top Gear says...

High street shopping is the thing of the past. Its all about online retailers now with low over heads, cheaper prices and delivered direct to your door, next day in some cases.
High street shopping is the thing of the past. Its all about online retailers now with low over heads, cheaper prices and delivered direct to your door, next day in some cases. Top Gear
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11:40pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Fred Kite says...

It will all come good in the end when Charles Street is finished
Gould and Clarke have assured us that.
It will all come good in the end when Charles Street is finished Gould and Clarke have assured us that. Fred Kite
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11:52pm Mon 9 Jul 12

annotator1 says...

Obviously the advice on offer will be of little use as the store that she ran is now closing. Competence or training? Who knows.
Obviously the advice on offer will be of little use as the store that she ran is now closing. Competence or training? Who knows. annotator1
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10:03am Tue 10 Jul 12

MaidofDorset says...

I have to wonder if Goulds will survive another 3 years of messing about with car parking and the opening of the new Eldridge Pope centre, but no further developments in Charles Street.

South street is noticeably quieter as the shops close and people travel to Poole and Yeovil for their shopping.

A Pound shop is possibly the only thing that would do well in the Woolworths location. The Council workers will be able to nip over at lunchtime and bag their bargains.
I have to wonder if Goulds will survive another 3 years of messing about with car parking and the opening of the new Eldridge Pope centre, but no further developments in Charles Street. South street is noticeably quieter as the shops close and people travel to Poole and Yeovil for their shopping. A Pound shop is possibly the only thing that would do well in the Woolworths location. The Council workers will be able to nip over at lunchtime and bag their bargains. MaidofDorset
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10:45am Tue 10 Jul 12

stench says...

So Dorchester is going the same way as Weymouth with shopping?
So Dorchester is going the same way as Weymouth with shopping? stench
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2:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

morrisseyobe says...

People need to know the reason before they start to character assassination the past manager , this is no doubt related to the problems in the Irish economy and the owner Wellchester can no longer sustain his problems in Ireland . Claire Robertson did an amazing job for Dorchester it residents visitors and its economy and saved many jobs for as long as was possible, if it had been hers to run in her capable way it would still be flourishing .
People need to know the reason before they start to character assassination the past manager , this is no doubt related to the problems in the Irish economy and the owner Wellchester can no longer sustain his problems in Ireland . Claire Robertson did an amazing job for Dorchester it residents visitors and its economy and saved many jobs for as long as was possible, if it had been hers to run in her capable way it would still be flourishing . morrisseyobe
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3:38pm Tue 10 Jul 12

stench says...

morrisseyobe wrote:
People need to know the reason before they start to character assassination the past manager , this is no doubt related to the problems in the Irish economy and the owner Wellchester can no longer sustain his problems in Ireland . Claire Robertson did an amazing job for Dorchester it residents visitors and its economy and saved many jobs for as long as was possible, if it had been hers to run in her capable way it would still be flourishing .
I'm sure it would :) people dont like others to do well though, certainly not anonymous bloggers...

Wish her all the best!
[quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: People need to know the reason before they start to character assassination the past manager , this is no doubt related to the problems in the Irish economy and the owner Wellchester can no longer sustain his problems in Ireland . Claire Robertson did an amazing job for Dorchester it residents visitors and its economy and saved many jobs for as long as was possible, if it had been hers to run in her capable way it would still be flourishing .[/p][/quote]I'm sure it would :) people dont like others to do well though, certainly not anonymous bloggers... Wish her all the best! stench
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3:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

morrisseyobe says...

You are so right I do not think the Echo should allow anonymous bloggers who often but not always have a hate agenda
You are so right I do not think the Echo should allow anonymous bloggers who often but not always have a hate agenda morrisseyobe
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5:51pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

jmc1 wrote:
Esio Trot wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.
To be fair though, despite being a little pricier, Reiss & Karen Millen are actually good for both on trend, and timeless quality clothing.

M&S I'm sure is fine if you are pension age or whatever, and Debenhams is just a little ... uhm ... tacky in comparison, no?

Perhaps it isn't just the price that puts people off those types of places.

Seriously, Dorchester needs even ONE shop where you can actually buy decent clothes, as opposed to cheap tat, OAP tat, or kids tat!! Somewhere people with a little pride in their appearance and a little style-savvy can spend their hard earned wages.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!![/p][/quote]Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.[/p][/quote]To be fair though, despite being a little pricier, Reiss & Karen Millen are actually good for both on trend, and timeless quality clothing. M&S I'm sure is fine if you are pension age or whatever, and Debenhams is just a little ... uhm ... tacky in comparison, no? Perhaps it isn't just the price that puts people off those types of places. Seriously, Dorchester needs even ONE shop where you can actually buy decent clothes, as opposed to cheap tat, OAP tat, or kids tat!! Somewhere people with a little pride in their appearance and a little style-savvy can spend their hard earned wages. Esio Trot
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7:13pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

Really enjoying everyones comment - not sure if I should laugh or cry at the negative moronic comments - just glad I don't live in Dorset if those guys represent the majority of Dorset residents. The Cougar person - bet you don't own a business but I bet if you did you drove custom away.Pathetic. I would say good luck Claire but this story has nothing to do with her. Don't expect she reads the sort of garb above but wish we had someone like you in own town.
Really enjoying everyones comment - not sure if I should laugh or cry at the negative moronic comments - just glad I don't live in Dorset if those guys represent the majority of Dorset residents. The Cougar person - bet you don't own a business but I bet if you did you drove custom away.Pathetic. I would say good luck Claire but this story has nothing to do with her. Don't expect she reads the sort of garb above but wish we had someone like you in own town. Retail Riches
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7:18pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one!
lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one![/p][/quote]lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing. Retail Riches
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7:21pm Tue 10 Jul 12

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

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
stench wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
"Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.
Nothing special, that's a bit harsh?

Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).
Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.
The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise).
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The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream.
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Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination.
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As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example.
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I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them?
Good post. Except for one thing... I think Business Link was itself a victim of the cuts and is therefore no more. I stand to be corrected if wrong.
http://www.businessl
ink.gov.uk/bdotg/act
ion/layer?r.s=tl&top
icId=1073858805
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The above link will take you to the Starting Up section of the Business Link website. There may not be an army of advisors to help you, but it points you in the right direction.
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As for the comments about the "positive spin" that WDDC and the Dorchester BID put on it- well, that is kind of their job?!
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Do you expect them to announce that Dorchester is dying?
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Incidentally, the number of empty shops in Yeovil must be higher than Dorchester and Weymouth combined.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: "Woolworths is still succeeding in many other parts of the world." Er, no it's not. Or my shares would still be trading. !I presume it is because she was so successful that Claire Robertson has left for her consultancy business and they can't find anyone to replace her" I presume the store was trading so badly that they had to make Claire redundant. Either that she jumped ship in full knowledge of what lay ahead. I wish Claire well but she's nothing special. Time will tell how successful she will be under her own steam.[/p][/quote]Nothing special, that's a bit harsh? Fair play to her for lifting a failed business, carrying it for another 3 years (to which i thought Dorch residents were pleased about).[/p][/quote]Harsh but true. She didn't really lift anything, just came back to her previous job as store manager at the behest of an anonymous and opportunistic financial backer.[/p][/quote]The anonymous financial backer was/is the owner of the building and their names are Mr & Mrs Power and they are based in Ireland (Limerick to be precise). . The whole shop was very much of the moment and was a journalists dream. . Had the store opened today, it is extremely unlikely that any of the PR that they were lucky enough to receive would be available- they were the first to do it, so it caught the imagination. . As for Claire setting up a consultancy, I doubt that there will be enough new businesses with enough spare cash to pay her to advise them. Business Link is free for example. . I would wager that Poundland (or similar) will open there- if the Landlord can get in excess of £60,000 in rent (without lifting a finger) who can blame them?[/p][/quote]Good post. Except for one thing... I think Business Link was itself a victim of the cuts and is therefore no more. I stand to be corrected if wrong.[/p][/quote]http://www.businessl ink.gov.uk/bdotg/act ion/layer?r.s=tl&top icId=1073858805 . The above link will take you to the Starting Up section of the Business Link website. There may not be an army of advisors to help you, but it points you in the right direction. . As for the comments about the "positive spin" that WDDC and the Dorchester BID put on it- well, that is kind of their job?! . Do you expect them to announce that Dorchester is dying? . Incidentally, the number of empty shops in Yeovil must be higher than Dorchester and Weymouth combined. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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8:17pm Tue 10 Jul 12

ksmain says...

stench wrote:
So Dorchester is going the same way as Weymouth with shopping?
What - full of people with no money to spend. Especially as this current administration appears keen to make everyone with a job redundant ...........
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: So Dorchester is going the same way as Weymouth with shopping?[/p][/quote]What - full of people with no money to spend. Especially as this current administration appears keen to make everyone with a job redundant ........... ksmain
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8:45pm Tue 10 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
are any of those hardware shops?
or just "hard to wear" shops
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]are any of those hardware shops? or just "hard to wear" shops oldbrock
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8:50pm Tue 10 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc oldbrock
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8:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

thetiger says...

Nothing wrong with charity shops, the more the merrier. Charity shops have kept me well clothed for years, there's no way I could afford £40 for a pair of jeans (not that I would pay that sort of money even if I could afford it). Great shame of course that Wellchester is closing but markets are continually changing, something like poundland has a better chance of surviving in the current economic climate.
Nothing wrong with charity shops, the more the merrier. Charity shops have kept me well clothed for years, there's no way I could afford £40 for a pair of jeans (not that I would pay that sort of money even if I could afford it). Great shame of course that Wellchester is closing but markets are continually changing, something like poundland has a better chance of surviving in the current economic climate. thetiger
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10:39pm Tue 10 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

"Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...
7:21pm Tue 10 Jul 12

As for the comments about the "positive spin" that WDDC and the Dorchester BID put on it- well, that is kind of their job?! "

Sad but true.

"Do you expect them to announce that Dorchester is dying?"

Well a little bit of honesty wouldn't come amiss,especially from the politicians. As for the quasi-quango BID, they need to face up to a bit of reality instead of wasting everyone's time and money.
"Is it me or is everything rubbish? says... 7:21pm Tue 10 Jul 12 As for the comments about the "positive spin" that WDDC and the Dorchester BID put on it- well, that is kind of their job?! " Sad but true. "Do you expect them to announce that Dorchester is dying?" Well a little bit of honesty wouldn't come amiss,especially from the politicians. As for the quasi-quango BID, they need to face up to a bit of reality instead of wasting everyone's time and money. CoogarUK.com
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10:42pm Tue 10 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Retail Riches wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one!
lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing.
Not that I'm in any way accountable to you - or anyone else in fact - I do however like to provoke reactions and debate.

What do you consider your own worthwhile contribution to be?
[quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one![/p][/quote]lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing.[/p][/quote]Not that I'm in any way accountable to you - or anyone else in fact - I do however like to provoke reactions and debate. What do you consider your own worthwhile contribution to be? CoogarUK.com
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10:53pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand. Esio Trot
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10:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

The Echo censored the word 'fart3d' - really? way to make it look like I said something worse!
The Echo censored the word 'fart3d' - really? way to make it look like I said something worse! Esio Trot
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2:50pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Pro-Bridport says...

oldbrock wrote:
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her! Pro-Bridport
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3:17pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Retail Riches wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one!
lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing.
Not that I'm in any way accountable to you - or anyone else in fact - I do however like to provoke reactions and debate.

What do you consider your own worthwhile contribution to be?
Pretty much as predicted. You use the word 'debate' loosely - not sure where the debate is - just looks like a lot of uneducated nonsense to me. If comments were coming from prominent and informed people then may be, it would be a different story. But this junk has no credence at all.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: It'll be interesting to see what positive spin West Dorset District Council and Dorchester BID puts on this one![/p][/quote]lovely. I take it you don't hold any proactive seat in your part of the world - just one of those ridiculous, amateur 'experts'. Here's a challenge for you - share with us all what you do and share with us your undoubted wisdom....could be a long wait I am guessing.[/p][/quote]Not that I'm in any way accountable to you - or anyone else in fact - I do however like to provoke reactions and debate. What do you consider your own worthwhile contribution to be?[/p][/quote]Pretty much as predicted. You use the word 'debate' loosely - not sure where the debate is - just looks like a lot of uneducated nonsense to me. If comments were coming from prominent and informed people then may be, it would be a different story. But this junk has no credence at all. Retail Riches
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3:22pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Pro-Bridport says...

Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me!
Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me! Pro-Bridport
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3:23pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
oldbrock wrote:
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
Oh dear - this person has some inside information folks. Now not knowing the lady in question but fully knowing the commercial world - I would guess that within the employment contract there will be a 3-6 month notice that needs to be fulfilled. I kind of thinking someone here has an axe to grind and doing it badly. I am amazed with the floods you have down there you would have more important things to talk about - pretty sad state of affairs or a lot of bitter people.
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her![/p][/quote]Oh dear - this person has some inside information folks. Now not knowing the lady in question but fully knowing the commercial world - I would guess that within the employment contract there will be a 3-6 month notice that needs to be fulfilled. I kind of thinking someone here has an axe to grind and doing it badly. I am amazed with the floods you have down there you would have more important things to talk about - pretty sad state of affairs or a lot of bitter people. Retail Riches
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3:27pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Pro-Bridport says...

Your right, I do know the lady in question, I also know the staff and how hard they have worked over the years - and receive very little credit for it!
As for having an 'Axe to grind' not so, just wish that hard work would get recognised once in a while
Your right, I do know the lady in question, I also know the staff and how hard they have worked over the years - and receive very little credit for it! As for having an 'Axe to grind' not so, just wish that hard work would get recognised once in a while Pro-Bridport
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3:29pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me!
I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester.
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me![/p][/quote]I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester. Retail Riches
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3:40pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Pro-Bridport says...

I know I might have come across as a'character assassin', I'm just fed up of people portraying Claire as a 'Hero'. She was responsible for the lively hood of all the staff and didn't take that resposibility seriously - and now, yet again they face the same fate as they did 3 years ago! I wish each and everyone of the staff at Wellchester the best and hope they find employment quickly.
I know I might have come across as a'character assassin', I'm just fed up of people portraying Claire as a 'Hero'. She was responsible for the lively hood of all the staff and didn't take that resposibility seriously - and now, yet again they face the same fate as they did 3 years ago! I wish each and everyone of the staff at Wellchester the best and hope they find employment quickly. Pro-Bridport
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3:51pm Wed 11 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Retail Riches wrote:
Pro-Bridport wrote:
Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me!
I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester.
Not that you'd ever stoop to character assassination, of course.
[quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me![/p][/quote]I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester.[/p][/quote]Not that you'd ever stoop to character assassination, of course. CoogarUK.com
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4:25pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Retail Riches wrote:
Pro-Bridport wrote:
Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me!
I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester.
Not that you'd ever stoop to character assassination, of course.
Constructive comment.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: Retail Riches: Who says CoogarUK is not well informed? Sounds like he knows whats he's talking about to me![/p][/quote]I am sorry - just so many unsophisticated comments. Not even close to professionalism. There is no 'debate' to be had here - a lot of people have just lost their employment which will have a massive knock on effect within their own lives and families. BUT it all seems about character assassination. A rather daft situation and sad mindset. Peter E. Moores. Chester.[/p][/quote]Not that you'd ever stoop to character assassination, of course.[/p][/quote]Constructive comment. Retail Riches
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8:56pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

morrisseyobe wrote:
You are so right I do not think the Echo should allow anonymous bloggers who often but not always have a hate agenda
wot about free speech then? I dont agree with anon poison but it, at this moment in time, is their freedom of choice, sad, but true, one govt or another is busy eroding our rights, anon poison is just like dog stools on the pavement, see em, walk round em
[quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: You are so right I do not think the Echo should allow anonymous bloggers who often but not always have a hate agenda[/p][/quote]wot about free speech then? I dont agree with anon poison but it, at this moment in time, is their freedom of choice, sad, but true, one govt or another is busy eroding our rights, anon poison is just like dog stools on the pavement, see em, walk round em oldbrock
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8:59pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

ksmain wrote:
The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under

Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music.

I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years.
spot on, at the time it was seen as a novelty, surviving the storm, alas the storm has not abated for the High Street, business shipwrecked on the online tide?
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: The problem with Woolworths is that it became old fashioned and it's stores were locked in the past. It never progressed the way it did it's core businesses - records/cds, sweets, hardware - and other companies overtook it and undercut it. I cant think many were surprised when it went under Now some of those companies have also folded, especially in the music area when downloading music is now a more important medium to acquire music. I cant say that I ever saw Wellchester as anything other than 'Woolworths Mark 2'. I cant say that I am surprised that for that reason it has finished. I am of the opinion that it was either not going to succeed or that it couldnt be taken any further but I may be just guessing. On top of this, I think the store faced stiff competition from new stores appearing in Dorchester. Still, we must applaud that at least it kept some people in employment for the last 3 years.[/p][/quote]spot on, at the time it was seen as a novelty, surviving the storm, alas the storm has not abated for the High Street, business shipwrecked on the online tide? oldbrock
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9:04pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
Esio Trot wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.
To be fair though, despite being a little pricier, Reiss & Karen Millen are actually good for both on trend, and timeless quality clothing.

M&S I'm sure is fine if you are pension age or whatever, and Debenhams is just a little ... uhm ... tacky in comparison, no?

Perhaps it isn't just the price that puts people off those types of places.

Seriously, Dorchester needs even ONE shop where you can actually buy decent clothes, as opposed to cheap tat, OAP tat, or kids tat!! Somewhere people with a little pride in their appearance and a little style-savvy can spend their hard earned wages.
one day you will be a well dressed slightly clothes snobby OAP! style savvy is such an individual thing doncha know!
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!![/p][/quote]Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.[/p][/quote]To be fair though, despite being a little pricier, Reiss & Karen Millen are actually good for both on trend, and timeless quality clothing. M&S I'm sure is fine if you are pension age or whatever, and Debenhams is just a little ... uhm ... tacky in comparison, no? Perhaps it isn't just the price that puts people off those types of places. Seriously, Dorchester needs even ONE shop where you can actually buy decent clothes, as opposed to cheap tat, OAP tat, or kids tat!! Somewhere people with a little pride in their appearance and a little style-savvy can spend their hard earned wages.[/p][/quote]one day you will be a well dressed slightly clothes snobby OAP! style savvy is such an individual thing doncha know! oldbrock
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9:10pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

thetiger wrote:
Nothing wrong with charity shops, the more the merrier. Charity shops have kept me well clothed for years, there's no way I could afford £40 for a pair of jeans (not that I would pay that sort of money even if I could afford it). Great shame of course that Wellchester is closing but markets are continually changing, something like poundland has a better chance of surviving in the current economic climate.
snap,my first wife died 2003 and I stocked up on good quality 100% cotton shirts then fetching 2-4 quid, then the east euros moved in and doubled the prices and the population!
[quote][p][bold]thetiger[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with charity shops, the more the merrier. Charity shops have kept me well clothed for years, there's no way I could afford £40 for a pair of jeans (not that I would pay that sort of money even if I could afford it). Great shame of course that Wellchester is closing but markets are continually changing, something like poundland has a better chance of surviving in the current economic climate.[/p][/quote]snap,my first wife died 2003 and I stocked up on good quality 100% cotton shirts then fetching 2-4 quid, then the east euros moved in and doubled the prices and the population! oldbrock
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9:17pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person?
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person? oldbrock
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9:21pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

ksmain wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?
the only market being for snobby self opinionated clothes horses that dont like cheap tat, lets hope they never get made redundant or cant find a rich mug to marry
great answer to a shallow selfish clothes snob
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?[/p][/quote]the only market being for snobby self opinionated clothes horses that dont like cheap tat, lets hope they never get made redundant or cant find a rich mug to marry great answer to a shallow selfish clothes snob oldbrock
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9:26pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
ksmain wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?
What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!!

It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc.

I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice!

As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure.
cant beat a woman in primark/peacocks "tat" standing by you, beats a self opinionated clothes snob blocking the mirror when you are trying to have a shave!!
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?[/p][/quote]What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!! It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc. I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice! As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure.[/p][/quote]cant beat a woman in primark/peacocks "tat" standing by you, beats a self opinionated clothes snob blocking the mirror when you are trying to have a shave!! oldbrock
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9:29pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
yeah! like bakers, butchers HARDWARE shops!!
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!![/p][/quote]yeah! like bakers, butchers HARDWARE shops!! oldbrock
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9:33pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Top Gear wrote:
High street shopping is the thing of the past. Its all about online retailers now with low over heads, cheaper prices and delivered direct to your door, next day in some cases.
dont tell Esio Trot, only the dearest and best will do, None of that basic highstreet shop tat! no mirrors to be seen looking in online!
[quote][p][bold]Top Gear[/bold] wrote: High street shopping is the thing of the past. Its all about online retailers now with low over heads, cheaper prices and delivered direct to your door, next day in some cases.[/p][/quote]dont tell Esio Trot, only the dearest and best will do, None of that basic highstreet shop tat! no mirrors to be seen looking in online! oldbrock
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9:41pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
oldbrock wrote:
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
and just what has your remark got to do with ANYTHING in my post you quoted? I just like old fashioned hardware shops, as a practical male I find them treasure trove,especially the one in Dorchester that I do patronise when we come to Weymouth on holiday, whats that got to do with yor post?????
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her![/p][/quote]and just what has your remark got to do with ANYTHING in my post you quoted? I just like old fashioned hardware shops, as a practical male I find them treasure trove,especially the one in Dorchester that I do patronise when we come to Weymouth on holiday, whats that got to do with yor post????? oldbrock
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9:43pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Well I never.
I did in the dim and distant past!
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Well I never.[/p][/quote]I did in the dim and distant past! oldbrock
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9:45pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

snowleopard wrote:
Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?
will they stock Louis Vuitton for Esio Trot?
[quote][p][bold]snowleopard[/bold] wrote: Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?[/p][/quote]will they stock Louis Vuitton for Esio Trot? oldbrock
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9:51pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
jmc1 wrote:
The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.
Home Retail Group, actually.
Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group
Shop Direct Group, actually.
You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually
sooner take my chance wi Cougar than the snobby clothes horse Esio Trot, now, that would be hard to live with, you'd never get to the mirror for a shave, it'd be worth buying her Louis Vuitton, big 'un to lock her in, then leave it in a branch of Primark or Peacocks............
..........
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: The name Woolworths is still going online and is owned by Shop Direct Group which owns Argos and many other names.[/p][/quote]Home Retail Group, actually.[/p][/quote]Quite correct home retail group does own Argos and homebase,shop retail group owns woollies littlewoods and so on,the state of Argos these days,maybe Shop retail group might make a move on home retail group[/p][/quote]Shop Direct Group, actually.[/p][/quote]You must be hard to live with,what's it like to be always right.Probably a pain.Actually[/p][/quote]sooner take my chance wi Cougar than the snobby clothes horse Esio Trot, now, that would be hard to live with, you'd never get to the mirror for a shave, it'd be worth buying her Louis Vuitton, big 'un to lock her in, then leave it in a branch of Primark or Peacocks............ .......... oldbrock
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9:56pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
ksmain wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.
And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?
What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!!

It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc.

I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice!

As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure.
no, you need plenty of empty heads with full pockets and mighty egos to spend in them................
..................
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but it was just a tat shop, living off fleeting novelty & media attention. The stock was either average quality, highly priced or cheap tat odds & ends. Dorchester is failing miserably, and I know the moaners want it stuck in the past, but what is needed is a decent range of high street shops, particularly clothes shops. Reiss, Karen Millen, All Saints, Republic, Hollister etc.[/p][/quote]And there is a market for these stores? In a town of 20,000 people. And people have the disposable income - especially as this area lives off jobs mainly in tourism, basic retail and public sector. It may be nice to have these shops, but I think you need to be a little more realistic ......... Ask yourself why they arent already here - no market maybe?[/p][/quote]What do you suggest then? More charity shops?! Some of us can afford it, we just shop online or go somewhere decent! That's why you don't see us in Dorch!! It's not always about what you earn, but how you choose to spend it! There are people in this town that would spend the same or more in Primark as others would in the shops I mentioned. There are others who would have you believe they couldn't afford to shop there at all, yet have sky tv, internet, iPhone, smoke cigs/weed etc etc. I'm not saying there's a market for all those shops, but something a little better than the Peacocks/Primark tat would be nice! As for why they are not here, I don't know, all the tiny shop units may be part of it, or the fact there needs to be a couple of decent retailers in place to encourage the rest, I'm not sure.[/p][/quote]no, you need plenty of empty heads with full pockets and mighty egos to spend in them................ .................. oldbrock
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10:00pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

jmc1 wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!!
Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.
how would she know that? more pence than sense
probably all made in a sweatshop in far east anyway, mabe even tried them on, now that would make her throw a wobbly!
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Honestly, you'd think I said Louis Vuitton or Prada or Tiffanys!! We are still talking basic highstreet shops here!![/p][/quote]Reiss,Karen Millen,both of them are more expensive than Debenhams,even Marks and Spencer struggle.[/p][/quote]how would she know that? more pence than sense probably all made in a sweatshop in far east anyway, mabe even tried them on, now that would make her throw a wobbly! oldbrock
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10:09pm Wed 11 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
The Echo censored the word 'fart3d' - really? way to make it look like I said something worse!
you couldnt have said much worse with the word as it was! total, self opinionated snob, lets hope you never end up poor, you'll be "blocking" us older ones at the doctors trying to get your anti depressants!!
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: The Echo censored the word 'fart3d' - really? way to make it look like I said something worse![/p][/quote]you couldnt have said much worse with the word as it was! total, self opinionated snob, lets hope you never end up poor, you'll be "blocking" us older ones at the doctors trying to get your anti depressants!! oldbrock
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10:11pm Wed 11 Jul 12

satisfecho says...

oldbrock wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person?
Add bitter to your CV
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person?[/p][/quote]Add bitter to your CV satisfecho
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10:53pm Wed 11 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

oldbrock wrote:
snowleopard wrote:
Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?
will they stock Louis Vuitton for Esio Trot?
Probably not but they have ample free parking.
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snowleopard[/bold] wrote: Don't suppose The Range coming to town had anything to do with it?[/p][/quote]will they stock Louis Vuitton for Esio Trot?[/p][/quote]Probably not but they have ample free parking. CoogarUK.com
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8:55am Thu 12 Jul 12

Tallstreakofdorset says...

HavenSeaview wrote:
Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres??
well said!!!
[quote][p][bold]HavenSeaview[/bold] wrote: Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres??[/p][/quote]well said!!! Tallstreakofdorset
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9:15am Thu 12 Jul 12

Tallstreakofdorset says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
oldbrock wrote:
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
couldn't have put it better myself!!
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her![/p][/quote]couldn't have put it better myself!! Tallstreakofdorset
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9:15am Thu 12 Jul 12

Dorset Boy says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
oldbrock wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
Could not have put it better myself.
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her![/p][/quote]Could not have put it better myself. Dorset Boy
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9:24am Thu 12 Jul 12

morrisseyobe says...

Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever morrisseyobe
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11:27am Thu 12 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

morrisseyobe wrote:
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
At last - someone with some integrity and sense.

@coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully.

@Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.
[quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever[/p][/quote]At last - someone with some integrity and sense. @coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully. @Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting. Retail Riches
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1:19pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant.

Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do.

Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense.

Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money!

I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years.

I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop.

By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll.
Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant. Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do. Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense. Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money! I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years. I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop. By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll. Esio Trot
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3:57pm Thu 12 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Retail Riches wrote:
morrisseyobe wrote:
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
At last - someone with some integrity and sense.

@coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully.

@Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.
I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine.

It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed.
[quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever[/p][/quote]At last - someone with some integrity and sense. @coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully. @Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.[/p][/quote]I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine. It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed. CoogarUK.com
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3:58pm Thu 12 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

morrisseyobe wrote:
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
If you can't stand the heat...
[quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever[/p][/quote]If you can't stand the heat... CoogarUK.com
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4:45pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Retail Riches says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Retail Riches wrote:
morrisseyobe wrote:
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
At last - someone with some integrity and sense.

@coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully.

@Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.
I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine.

It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed.
Indeed you have Sir, in the bigger scheme of things this is a very small story. Huge changes are afoot on the high street and will continue to do so for some time to come. You and the other small minded people have character assassinated someone who worked for the store - if you haven't got it yet - this story isn't about the former manager - its about the store closing but I am guessing you do not pay attention to detail. It looks like a hate campaign. I was hoping you had some commercial credence to lean on but sadly and embarrassingly all you do Mr Combs, is sell DVD's (don’t even have your own website). How on earth can someone like that stand there and make judgements on something that clearly have no experience of. That to me is bullying and is a typical trait of someone who is inferior and has little self esteem.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever[/p][/quote]At last - someone with some integrity and sense. @coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully. @Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.[/p][/quote]I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine. It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed.[/p][/quote]Indeed you have Sir, in the bigger scheme of things this is a very small story. Huge changes are afoot on the high street and will continue to do so for some time to come. You and the other small minded people have character assassinated someone who worked for the store - if you haven't got it yet - this story isn't about the former manager - its about the store closing but I am guessing you do not pay attention to detail. It looks like a hate campaign. I was hoping you had some commercial credence to lean on but sadly and embarrassingly all you do Mr Combs, is sell DVD's (don’t even have your own website). How on earth can someone like that stand there and make judgements on something that clearly have no experience of. That to me is bullying and is a typical trait of someone who is inferior and has little self esteem. Retail Riches
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8:50pm Thu 12 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

satisfecho wrote:
oldbrock wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person?
Add bitter to your CV
like YOU would know?
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]you wait til you have no choice, anyway, never heard of washing machines, washing powder, irons, what a snobby post, you really do think highly of yourself, and this is no bitchy female, just a redundant after 35yrs+ same firm, 56 yr old male, perhaps you think throwing money at the clothes makes you a better person?[/p][/quote]Add bitter to your CV[/p][/quote]like YOU would know? oldbrock
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9:08pm Thu 12 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant.

Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do.

Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense.

Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money!

I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years.

I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop.

By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll.
you repulsive little DOLL, I too have had depression and had to watch my first wife die in front of me with no warning, I got upo and got on with it, blame the person who did you wrong not me, I stand by what I say, the remarks you made about secondhand clothing etc and you say you are beautiful inside and out, all the stupid remarks about fashion, NOT once did I say depression was funny, try reading properly, you were making disparaging remarks about charity shops! not the right labels in them etc
I am not above apologising IF any remark has offended but you also make offensive remarks about what people have done in secondhand clothes! what about the people who try them on, then dont buy them, how can you possibly say nobody has worn what you have bought, you made all these remarks and then expect nobody to be offended! I did my job well but was finished with 49 others to "balance the books", mange by buying secondhand clothes, not underwear, socks shoes, I find clothes snobbery offensive! you may live long enough to eat your words, I wont, as said apologies for any remark you found offensive but you do rather love yourself!
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant. Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do. Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense. Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money! I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years. I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop. By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll.[/p][/quote]you repulsive little DOLL, I too have had depression and had to watch my first wife die in front of me with no warning, I got upo and got on with it, blame the person who did you wrong not me, I stand by what I say, the remarks you made about secondhand clothing etc and you say you are beautiful inside and out, all the stupid remarks about fashion, NOT once did I say depression was funny, try reading properly, you were making disparaging remarks about charity shops! not the right labels in them etc I am not above apologising IF any remark has offended but you also make offensive remarks about what people have done in secondhand clothes! what about the people who try them on, then dont buy them, how can you possibly say nobody has worn what you have bought, you made all these remarks and then expect nobody to be offended! I did my job well but was finished with 49 others to "balance the books", mange by buying secondhand clothes, not underwear, socks shoes, I find clothes snobbery offensive! you may live long enough to eat your words, I wont, as said apologies for any remark you found offensive but you do rather love yourself! oldbrock
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12:00pm Fri 13 Jul 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Retail Riches wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
Retail Riches wrote:
morrisseyobe wrote:
Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever
At last - someone with some integrity and sense.

@coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully.

@Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.
I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine.

It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed.
Indeed you have Sir, in the bigger scheme of things this is a very small story. Huge changes are afoot on the high street and will continue to do so for some time to come. You and the other small minded people have character assassinated someone who worked for the store - if you haven't got it yet - this story isn't about the former manager - its about the store closing but I am guessing you do not pay attention to detail. It looks like a hate campaign. I was hoping you had some commercial credence to lean on but sadly and embarrassingly all you do Mr Combs, is sell DVD's (don’t even have your own website). How on earth can someone like that stand there and make judgements on something that clearly have no experience of. That to me is bullying and is a typical trait of someone who is inferior and has little self esteem.
The former store manager as you put it is referred to in the above story. I have character assassinated no-one (although you appear to have made some pretty feeble attempts at mine).

If you were local to this area as I am then you would know that the way the media has portrayed it, Wellworths / Wellchester has been all about Claire Robertson and no-one else, so that makes her fair game as far as commenting goes.

I have personally passed on my good wishes to Claire and repeated those above if you'd only cared to have read and paid closer attention. Only time will tell how much of a success Claire will make of her new venture.

Selling DVDs is one of a number of avenues I pursue and I can assure you there's absolutely nothing wrong with *my* self esteem.
[quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Retail Riches[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]morrisseyobe[/bold] wrote: Some people are running very close to the chance of being taken to court for defamation of character ,never get into an argument if you do not know all the facts. Good people you are playing a dangerous game . remember what you write on the internet lives for ever[/p][/quote]At last - someone with some integrity and sense. @coogarUK - you Sir are a cyber bully. @Pro-Bridport - I am sure everyone is reading between the lines here that you are clearly someone with a personal agenda - may be 'inside' information? This news item is about the sad closure of a business with many staff losing their employment - you folks have turned it into a vile and nasty hate campaign. You should be embarrassed by your behaviour. I hope Ms Robertsons children do not read it. Its revolting.[/p][/quote]I have bullied no-one, just provided a few facts to provide some balance against the positive media spin machine. It seems pretty clear to me that you too have an agenda (I don't, by the way) in case no-one else has noticed.[/p][/quote]Indeed you have Sir, in the bigger scheme of things this is a very small story. Huge changes are afoot on the high street and will continue to do so for some time to come. You and the other small minded people have character assassinated someone who worked for the store - if you haven't got it yet - this story isn't about the former manager - its about the store closing but I am guessing you do not pay attention to detail. It looks like a hate campaign. I was hoping you had some commercial credence to lean on but sadly and embarrassingly all you do Mr Combs, is sell DVD's (don’t even have your own website). How on earth can someone like that stand there and make judgements on something that clearly have no experience of. That to me is bullying and is a typical trait of someone who is inferior and has little self esteem.[/p][/quote]The former store manager as you put it is referred to in the above story. I have character assassinated no-one (although you appear to have made some pretty feeble attempts at mine). If you were local to this area as I am then you would know that the way the media has portrayed it, Wellworths / Wellchester has been all about Claire Robertson and no-one else, so that makes her fair game as far as commenting goes. I have personally passed on my good wishes to Claire and repeated those above if you'd only cared to have read and paid closer attention. Only time will tell how much of a success Claire will make of her new venture. Selling DVDs is one of a number of avenues I pursue and I can assure you there's absolutely nothing wrong with *my* self esteem. CoogarUK.com
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12:12pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Tabloid Muppet Show
Tabloid Muppet Show Jello Biafra
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1:50pm Fri 13 Jul 12

kngfisher says...

Peter Bendon wrote:
It didn't really seem like Woolworths. Weird Dorchester shop more like
was it supposed to be like Woolworths, thats not the impreesion i got.
[quote][p][bold]Peter Bendon[/bold] wrote: It didn't really seem like Woolworths. Weird Dorchester shop more like[/p][/quote]was it supposed to be like Woolworths, thats not the impreesion i got. kngfisher
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1:54pm Fri 13 Jul 12

kngfisher says...

HavenSeaview wrote:
Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres??
Well said ......little care for her staff mmm. as for helping others in setting up a business i would certainly think very carefully before choosing her advise if it were me.
[quote][p][bold]HavenSeaview[/bold] wrote: Well what a shock i did say when claire was leaving in the previous echo story it would shut no suprise, love how she jumped before sinking - obvious little care for the staff. Claire if youve failed one business how are you honestly going to help people with theres??[/p][/quote]Well said ......little care for her staff mmm. as for helping others in setting up a business i would certainly think very carefully before choosing her advise if it were me. kngfisher
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2:06pm Fri 13 Jul 12

kngfisher says...

Pro-Bridport wrote:
oldbrock wrote:
I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc
There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her!
quite agree.
[quote][p][bold]Pro-Bridport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: I like the old fashioned hardware shop, the one with all the dustbins and other items laid outside like a lot of them did years ago, we had 3 up here and all have gone but you still can't get items they sold in Wilkinsons etc[/p][/quote]There is no way a store would fail in a month of a manger leaving, it was being run into the ground by incompetence and neglect from a manager who was more about hat media attention she could get. The staff put in so much hard work into the place - which she always took the glory for and never gave credit where credit was due. Anyone who thinks her 'Retail Advice' is worth anything is more deluded than her![/p][/quote]quite agree. kngfisher
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4:33pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

oldbrock wrote:
Esio Trot wrote: Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant. Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do. Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense. Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money! I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years. I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop. By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll.
you repulsive little DOLL, I too have had depression and had to watch my first wife die in front of me with no warning, I got upo and got on with it, blame the person who did you wrong not me, I stand by what I say, the remarks you made about secondhand clothing etc and you say you are beautiful inside and out, all the stupid remarks about fashion, NOT once did I say depression was funny, try reading properly, you were making disparaging remarks about charity shops! not the right labels in them etc I am not above apologising IF any remark has offended but you also make offensive remarks about what people have done in secondhand clothes! what about the people who try them on, then dont buy them, how can you possibly say nobody has worn what you have bought, you made all these remarks and then expect nobody to be offended! I did my job well but was finished with 49 others to "balance the books", mange by buying secondhand clothes, not underwear, socks shoes, I find clothes snobbery offensive! you may live long enough to eat your words, I wont, as said apologies for any remark you found offensive but you do rather love yourself!
I'm 30 years old, post graduate educated and have a career, so am hardly a 'doll'.

My father died unexpectedly when I was younger, but it's not a competition to see who has had the most tragic life. Despite my medication, I have never had one day off work due to my depression and am lucky to hold an exemplary attendance record.

You make flippant comments about depression/medicatio
n with no facts about the person you are aiming your vitriol at.

I said that I personally don't wear second hand clothes, and couldn't get what I wanted from a charity shop around here anyway. I said NOTHING about people who shop in charity shops, and NOTHING personal to you. You, however made repeated personal attacks on me, quoting my posts multiple times and abusing me in posts to others.

People do f*rt & sweat in clothes they have worn, less so if they are only trying something on. I have OCD, so I cannot wear pre owned garments.

I still fail to see how you are so up in arms about one person suggesting that Dorchester gets a new clothes shop or two. Have you ever even been in Hollister or Republic? They are high street, not high end designer. I couldn't afford to buy Louis Vuitton, but I don't slight those that can, or accuse them of snobbery.

I just sincerely hope you keep you embittered hateful ranting to the internet, and that you don't abuse others in the street for daring to wear something you deem overpriced or snobbish.

As for loving myself - I am proud of who I am and what I have done with my life, I am glad I have a husband who loves me for who I am (by the way, I am not a gold digger as you have implied, we are financial equals.) And I am blessed to have a mother who is proud off all I have achieved, against the odds. If that's not okay by you, I suggest you find someone with a teeny tiny violin and have them play it in sympathy for you.
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Wow! So much venom, some of you are just malignant. Liking to wear nice clothes does not make you a ‘snobby clothes horse’ you pathetic little trolls. I happen to prefer clothes that last, are quality and don’t fall apart after a couple of washes like Primark and Peacocks cheapies tend to do. Taking care of your appearance and having pride in the way you look is not a character flaw, so stop with all the butthurt nonsense. Just because I mentioned some nicer shops, doesn’t mean I don’t ever shop elsewhere. I buy basic clothes from all over the place, including Asda, Topshop and TK Maxx, so your judgements are actually invalid. I love the Range as well, great value for money! I am by no means wealthy, but I budget very carefully and choose to cut back expenditure in other areas to have decent clothes. If I were to become unemployed, I have no doubt it would be a struggle, but at least a lot of my clothes will last for years. I have made no personal judgements against anyone on this thread, including people who shop in Charity Shops, so I fail to understand the motives of those who are judging me at great length. In starting some ridiculous character assassination against me, you have only served to make yourselves look petty, bitter and foolish. You have no idea how altruistic I may be, or what my circumstances really are, yet you think you know me well enough to spout vile insults. I am satisfied that I am beautiful both inside and out and I don’t judge others on what they choose to wear, unlike some of you. I just happen to have personal opinions and preferences on where I like to shop. By the way, Oldbrock, thanks for the suggestion that lack of designer clothes would see me on antidepressants, but you are too late as I am already on them to assist me in dealing with (amongst other things) rape and serious illness. You missed the boat there I’m afraid. Apologies if I have ‘blocked’ you or anyone close to you at the doctors, but I’m glad you find mental illness such a laughing matter, you repulsive little troll.[/p][/quote]you repulsive little DOLL, I too have had depression and had to watch my first wife die in front of me with no warning, I got upo and got on with it, blame the person who did you wrong not me, I stand by what I say, the remarks you made about secondhand clothing etc and you say you are beautiful inside and out, all the stupid remarks about fashion, NOT once did I say depression was funny, try reading properly, you were making disparaging remarks about charity shops! not the right labels in them etc I am not above apologising IF any remark has offended but you also make offensive remarks about what people have done in secondhand clothes! what about the people who try them on, then dont buy them, how can you possibly say nobody has worn what you have bought, you made all these remarks and then expect nobody to be offended! I did my job well but was finished with 49 others to "balance the books", mange by buying secondhand clothes, not underwear, socks shoes, I find clothes snobbery offensive! you may live long enough to eat your words, I wont, as said apologies for any remark you found offensive but you do rather love yourself![/p][/quote]I'm 30 years old, post graduate educated and have a career, so am hardly a 'doll'. My father died unexpectedly when I was younger, but it's not a competition to see who has had the most tragic life. Despite my medication, I have never had one day off work due to my depression and am lucky to hold an exemplary attendance record. You make flippant comments about depression/medicatio n with no facts about the person you are aiming your vitriol at. I said that I personally don't wear second hand clothes, and couldn't get what I wanted from a charity shop around here anyway. I said NOTHING about people who shop in charity shops, and NOTHING personal to you. You, however made repeated personal attacks on me, quoting my posts multiple times and abusing me in posts to others. People do f*rt & sweat in clothes they have worn, less so if they are only trying something on. I have OCD, so I cannot wear pre owned garments. I still fail to see how you are so up in arms about one person suggesting that Dorchester gets a new clothes shop or two. Have you ever even been in Hollister or Republic? They are high street, not high end designer. I couldn't afford to buy Louis Vuitton, but I don't slight those that can, or accuse them of snobbery. I just sincerely hope you keep you embittered hateful ranting to the internet, and that you don't abuse others in the street for daring to wear something you deem overpriced or snobbish. As for loving myself - I am proud of who I am and what I have done with my life, I am glad I have a husband who loves me for who I am (by the way, I am not a gold digger as you have implied, we are financial equals.) And I am blessed to have a mother who is proud off all I have achieved, against the odds. If that's not okay by you, I suggest you find someone with a teeny tiny violin and have them play it in sympathy for you. Esio Trot
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11:32pm Fri 13 Jul 12

EtaoinShrdlu says...

This proves that all consultants should be hanged. They have ruined this country.
This proves that all consultants should be hanged. They have ruined this country. EtaoinShrdlu
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4:00pm Sat 14 Jul 12

thetiger says...

Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100.
[quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100. thetiger
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6:01pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

thetiger wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100.
I do live in the real world, thanks.

I work hard & do not get any benefits or tax credits, have rent & bills to pay just like everyone else.

I prioritise my expenditure & choose to have very few 'luxuries' apart from my clothes. I don't have Sky TV, or the internet (am using my mobile to post on here) and I don't go 'out' & very rarely drink alcohol etc. These personal choices allow me to buy nice clothes, they are my 'luxuries' - even my 'hobby' if you will.

If I want expensive jeans, I have to save for them, even if it takes months. They do last for years though. It's not as if I can spend £100 every week, or month. Careful budgeting makes it possible sometimes though.

I work d*mned hard and once my bills are paid can spend my money how I choose.

Like I have said previously, I don't have much money but I budget very carefully and forego some things so I can have others. I think this is the 'real world'.

It's unlikely I will live to see a pension, due to retirement age increases and health issues that mean I don't have a great life expectancy (no, I don't claim sick benefits before anyone asks), but if I do live that long I will have to cut back even more, won't I?!

I appreciate that while I am far from wealthy, I have more than some people, but I will not be made to feel guilty over money I have rightfully EARNED.
[quote][p][bold]thetiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100.[/p][/quote]I do live in the real world, thanks. I work hard & do not get any benefits or tax credits, have rent & bills to pay just like everyone else. I prioritise my expenditure & choose to have very few 'luxuries' apart from my clothes. I don't have Sky TV, or the internet (am using my mobile to post on here) and I don't go 'out' & very rarely drink alcohol etc. These personal choices allow me to buy nice clothes, they are my 'luxuries' - even my 'hobby' if you will. If I want expensive jeans, I have to save for them, even if it takes months. They do last for years though. It's not as if I can spend £100 every week, or month. Careful budgeting makes it possible sometimes though. I work d*mned hard and once my bills are paid can spend my money how I choose. Like I have said previously, I don't have much money but I budget very carefully and forego some things so I can have others. I think this is the 'real world'. It's unlikely I will live to see a pension, due to retirement age increases and health issues that mean I don't have a great life expectancy (no, I don't claim sick benefits before anyone asks), but if I do live that long I will have to cut back even more, won't I?! I appreciate that while I am far from wealthy, I have more than some people, but I will not be made to feel guilty over money I have rightfully EARNED. Esio Trot
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9:05am Sun 15 Jul 12

Top Gear says...

Some of the people that post on this site could be on the Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer show. Makes great reading though. Its a shame that many posts seem to go of topic and turn into a slanging match.
Some of the people that post on this site could be on the Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer show. Makes great reading though. Its a shame that many posts seem to go of topic and turn into a slanging match. Top Gear
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11:07am Sun 15 Jul 12

kngfisher says...

same here i thought this was about Wellchester closing not about charity shops and who does/doesn't shop in them. surely that is by choice. So getting back onto the subject in hand ......please take a moment and think of the staff especially those that will have to retire as they are at the age that no-one will re employ them!!! Some of the ladies there have been in that store most of their lives its like a second home to them.
same here i thought this was about Wellchester closing not about charity shops and who does/doesn't shop in them. surely that is by choice. So getting back onto the subject in hand ......please take a moment and think of the staff especially those that will have to retire as they are at the age that no-one will re employ them!!! Some of the ladies there have been in that store most of their lives its like a second home to them. kngfisher
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2:29pm Sun 15 Jul 12

oldbrock says...

thetiger wrote:
Esio Trot wrote:
Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already.

I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder.

Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here.

I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.
Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100.
pleased i'm not the only one who feels so strongly, perhaps I was a little harsh on her but some people! talk about out of touch, as long as its clean, no holes and i've sewn any lost buttons on, it'll do!!
[quote][p][bold]thetiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Esio Trot[/bold] wrote: Fair enough, that's your choice, but there are enough charity shops in town already. I personally would not wear anything second hand, that's been **** in, sweated in or worse by some stranger. The thought alone makes me shudder. Plus, I doubt you'd find anything from a decent brand round here in 'Help the Aged', Kensington charity shops maybe, but not here. I would personally pay at least £40 for jeans, £100+ for a nice pair from a good (ideally U.S.) brand.[/p][/quote]Paying £100 for a pair of jeans, do you have the word 'mug' written on your forhead? If I ever had £100 to 'spare' it would be spent on food, heating oil or something useful. Try living in the real world, many people dont have a £100 a week to live on, never mind spend it on something useless. Try living on a pension, it's nowhere near £100.[/p][/quote]pleased i'm not the only one who feels so strongly, perhaps I was a little harsh on her but some people! talk about out of touch, as long as its clean, no holes and i've sewn any lost buttons on, it'll do!! oldbrock
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7:07pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

Funny that I'm so 'out of touch' & 'not in the real world', when countless friends, family, colleagues & people on other internet forums actually agree with me, not just on the fact that it'd be nice if Dorchester had some better clothes shops, not just that the shops I've mentioned are not out of the average price range, but also that the comments I have received on here are from a couple of trolls, who are just jealous & bitter!

Maybe every single person I know is a vacuous snob?! Or peraps the majority of people in the 'real world' like to look nice, as opposed to "it'll do"?!
Funny that I'm so 'out of touch' & 'not in the real world', when countless friends, family, colleagues & people on other internet forums actually agree with me, not just on the fact that it'd be nice if Dorchester had some better clothes shops, not just that the shops I've mentioned are not out of the average price range, but also that the comments I have received on here are from a couple of trolls, who are just jealous & bitter! Maybe every single person I know is a vacuous snob?! Or peraps the majority of people in the 'real world' like to look nice, as opposed to "it'll do"?! Esio Trot
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7:09pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Esio Trot says...

*perhaps
*perhaps Esio Trot
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9:14am Mon 16 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Don't hate the media, become the media.
Don't hate the media, become the media. Jello Biafra
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4:16pm Mon 16 Jul 12

dodge08 says...

It's incredible reading some of the weirdest reasons some people are coming up with for the closure of the store, I presume everyone with an opinion here has experience running a store? of that size? How many people saying negative things have registered a business or even know where to start?

The opening of the Range and other stores in Dorchester, the lack of businesses that people want (high end clothes shops etc) are making Dorchester less and less desirable to shop in, but big chains cant bring stores here if too many people are already shopping elsewhere. If you research opening a store you have to use market research from the current day and if no one shops there - it's not going to look like it's worth opening a shop in town at all.

Wellchester tried to prolong employment of the staff, in fact they tried 100% more than the majority of other people commenting here and should be applauded for that. On a personal level it didn't capture the feel of Woolworths but I invite anyone else to set up bulk ordering network on the same massive scale Woolworths did in a small single store in Dorchester just to pass on a few extra pennies off items to 'beat the competition'.

If anyone here thinks they have the answer (and most seem to think so) then please send your business plan, proposal and funding to the appropriate authority, and we'll all feel silly when you're a millionaire.
It's incredible reading some of the weirdest reasons some people are coming up with for the closure of the store, I presume everyone with an opinion here has experience running a store? of that size? How many people saying negative things have registered a business or even know where to start? The opening of the Range and other stores in Dorchester, the lack of businesses that people want (high end clothes shops etc) are making Dorchester less and less desirable to shop in, but big chains cant bring stores here if too many people are already shopping elsewhere. If you research opening a store you have to use market research from the current day and if no one shops there - it's not going to look like it's worth opening a shop in town at all. Wellchester tried to prolong employment of the staff, in fact they tried 100% more than the majority of other people commenting here and should be applauded for that. On a personal level it didn't capture the feel of Woolworths but I invite anyone else to set up bulk ordering network on the same massive scale Woolworths did in a small single store in Dorchester just to pass on a few extra pennies off items to 'beat the competition'. If anyone here thinks they have the answer (and most seem to think so) then please send your business plan, proposal and funding to the appropriate authority, and we'll all feel silly when you're a millionaire. dodge08
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