Boom or bust after high street sales

Essex County Standard: Boom or bust after high street sales Boom or bust after high street sales

THE post-Christmas sales in Colchester were a case of boom or bust.

About 100 bargain hunters were queuing outside Williams&Griffin, waiting for the doors to open at 8.30am on Boxing Day.

Other traders fear they could be forced to close due to disastrous takings.

Essex County Standard:

Jackie Brock, manager of Jones boot makers, in Culver Square, Colchester, was 53 per cent down on her Boxing Day budget.

She said: “It has been diabolical.

“People are finding it hard financially.

“Car parking and the car ban have had an effect.

“The council should do something over Christmas and New Year to encourage people to come into town.

“Lakeside, Bluewater and Westfield are manic because people don’t have to pay for parking.

“I’ve seen a steady decline in Colchester recently. I dread to think how many shops will be closing come January and February.”

Yakub Patel, manager of Red Dress, in Lion Walk, reported disappointing takings in the first few days of sales.

He said: “It was average, not like it’s supposed to be on Boxing Day.

“It was a disaster before Christmas. There was no rush at all.

“It is the worst Christmas I’ve even seen – so bad we might have to close.

“People used to come in and spend £50 of £60, but now everyone is looking for bargains.”

Calendar Club, in Lion Walk, reduced the price of all its stock by 40 per cent on Boxing Day.

Bill Nettelfield, director, said: “It went really well for us.

“The sale is very important to us. We have to clear our stock.”

Jay Harnett, supervisor at Attitude Inc, in St Isaac’s Walk, said: “Boxing Day was quite busy. People were spending quite a lot and our promotion definitely helped.

“We had a lot of people coming in with vouchers they got for Christmas.

“We’ve put in a lot of hours over the Christmas period and we haven’t dealt with one rude customer – it’s been a nice experience.”

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9:10am Tue 31 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

The simple fact is that a lot of people are still spending money, but only on what they want. Unfortunately, if people aren't selling what is wanted, at a price that is considered a good deal, that shop is going to suffer.

Additionally, I just looked up Red Dress on the internet and found no website, which shows how out of touch the owner probably is... which I would expect from someone that is surprised that people look for bargains! As far as Jones goes, they were originally selling footwear at relatively high prices, so I expect they had lost a lot of habitual footfall due to customers just through that.

All the same, I will agree that locally our council doesn't make things easy to shop, park or get around, but shops have to be a bit more innovative to survive, not just expect the custom to come to them...
The simple fact is that a lot of people are still spending money, but only on what they want. Unfortunately, if people aren't selling what is wanted, at a price that is considered a good deal, that shop is going to suffer. Additionally, I just looked up Red Dress on the internet and found no website, which shows how out of touch the owner probably is... which I would expect from someone that is surprised that people look for bargains! As far as Jones goes, they were originally selling footwear at relatively high prices, so I expect they had lost a lot of habitual footfall due to customers just through that. All the same, I will agree that locally our council doesn't make things easy to shop, park or get around, but shops have to be a bit more innovative to survive, not just expect the custom to come to them... No! I am Spartacus

10:52am Tue 31 Dec 13

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

good remark from the above....

jones the shoe shop used to a sell shoes in the sale at really knock down prices ...I remember in the past getting boots and shoes for £25...

Then the hoodwinking started, you can see head office told them to reduce by 30%....then.....50% ......then ......75%

They do this thing where they wack the prices up to london chelsea store prices and then reduce to £69 making you think you got a deal...

punters have got wise to practices like that......i used to be able to get leather chelsea boots in jones or or office for £30 in the boxing day sales...

i dont anymore its more like £45 to £50 for that i buy online...i went into Brantano and that was just as bad...there is oakfield stuff you can get on line far cheaper than what is on sale there...

best deals in the sales is what we call the stooge end or the scratchings ie the last 2 to 3 weeks in january...try TK MAXX for the red/orange label down marks, they are the real bargains....

as for parking in the town it should be a £1 all day 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after xmas. ANYWHERE...the teflon twins will lobe that one.

the high street one way system has not affected coming into the town...to avoid the fine u turn at FIRSTS**TE.....

better still go to TOLLGATE...costa coffee there is packed all day and their queuing out the doors...the car parks are rammed full and they are free and will remain that way.

when the new bit opens up in the old sainsburys at TOLLGATE there will be cafes, food outlets,more shops more FREE@@@EEE parking and the town centre will be left dead and buried so that the teflon twins including the boss who does not live in Colchester??? to roam around and shop with what's left on their jack jones...

the only need for going into colchester will be to have a gwap at all the leggy and busty slap**rs on a friday night, whilst trying to avoid getting your faced punched in by some spotty faced drugged out teenager, trying to make a name for himself.

Or to go to a bank or estate agent....

even lawyers are moving out of town by the droves...

coffee shop prices are too high hence i go home and put a pod in my coffee machine where i get a creamy and foamy George Clooney with a luxury slice of cake for under 50pence...

THE MATH IS SIMPLE DROP YOUR PRICES DROP THEM.....PILE THEM HIGH SELL THEM CHEAP....


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good remark from the above.... jones the shoe shop used to a sell shoes in the sale at really knock down prices ...I remember in the past getting boots and shoes for £25... Then the hoodwinking started, you can see head office told them to reduce by 30%....then.....50% ......then ......75% They do this thing where they wack the prices up to london chelsea store prices and then reduce to £69 making you think you got a deal... punters have got wise to practices like that......i used to be able to get leather chelsea boots in jones or or office for £30 in the boxing day sales... i dont anymore its more like £45 to £50 for that i buy online...i went into Brantano and that was just as bad...there is oakfield stuff you can get on line far cheaper than what is on sale there... best deals in the sales is what we call the stooge end or the scratchings ie the last 2 to 3 weeks in january...try TK MAXX for the red/orange label down marks, they are the real bargains.... as for parking in the town it should be a £1 all day 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after xmas. ANYWHERE...the teflon twins will lobe that one. the high street one way system has not affected coming into the town...to avoid the fine u turn at FIRSTS**TE..... better still go to TOLLGATE...costa coffee there is packed all day and their queuing out the doors...the car parks are rammed full and they are free and will remain that way. when the new bit opens up in the old sainsburys at TOLLGATE there will be cafes, food outlets,more shops more FREE@@@EEE parking and the town centre will be left dead and buried so that the teflon twins including the boss who does not live in Colchester??? to roam around and shop with what's left on their jack jones... the only need for going into colchester will be to have a gwap at all the leggy and busty slap**rs on a friday night, whilst trying to avoid getting your faced punched in by some spotty faced drugged out teenager, trying to make a name for himself. Or to go to a bank or estate agent.... even lawyers are moving out of town by the droves... coffee shop prices are too high hence i go home and put a pod in my coffee machine where i get a creamy and foamy George Clooney with a luxury slice of cake for under 50pence... THE MATH IS SIMPLE DROP YOUR PRICES DROP THEM.....PILE THEM HIGH SELL THEM CHEAP.... . TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell

10:54am Tue 31 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

And dont forget we all use internet shopping now as well - we need fewer shops than there used to be... High Street traders haven't realised that they are continually losing a percentage of shoppers and will continue to do so as it's cheaper and easier on the internet.

Dont look for excuses as to why the High Street is dying - recognise its changing and shrinking. Covert shops to houses - bring cafe life into the high street...
And dont forget we all use internet shopping now as well - we need fewer shops than there used to be... High Street traders haven't realised that they are continually losing a percentage of shoppers and will continue to do so as it's cheaper and easier on the internet. Dont look for excuses as to why the High Street is dying - recognise its changing and shrinking. Covert shops to houses - bring cafe life into the high street... Jack222

5:13pm Tue 31 Dec 13

jut1972 says...

100 bargain hunters were queuing outside Williams&Griffin, waiting for the doors to open at 8.30am on Boxing Day

sad gits
100 bargain hunters were queuing outside Williams&Griffin, waiting for the doors to open at 8.30am on Boxing Day sad gits jut1972

7:25pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Ozzie says...

And councillor Paul Smith recently wrote about the 'boom' time certain fringe businesses were having in Colchester! What a joke! He needs an urgent reality check! Where is the prosperity in the town if we are the 7th fastest growing economy in the country?!!
And councillor Paul Smith recently wrote about the 'boom' time certain fringe businesses were having in Colchester! What a joke! He needs an urgent reality check! Where is the prosperity in the town if we are the 7th fastest growing economy in the country?!! Ozzie

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