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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2020, 06:56:25 PM »
I always thought Superdry was a Japanese brand (I guess I was conflating it with Asahi Super Dry beer). It's only recently that I realised it actually hails from the couturial mecca that is Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #61 on: January 10, 2020, 06:59:47 PM »
I don't know about Boots though, people will always need toothpaste, shampoo and medication, surely?
The first two they'll get from supermarkets.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #62 on: January 10, 2020, 07:01:13 PM »
I always thought Superdry was a Japanese brand (I guess I was conflating it with Asahi Super Dry beer). It's only recently that I realised it actually hails from the couturial mecca that is Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Mind blown, makes sense. Beige

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #63 on: January 10, 2020, 07:03:18 PM »
I can see Holland & Barrett disappearing soon. There was a time when that was the only place you could get a vegetarian pasty for lunch, but seeing as you can get better vegan food almost everywhere now i don't see what the point of H&B is. And all those vitamins and supplements that take up half the shop are surely cheaper online.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #64 on: January 10, 2020, 07:04:37 PM »
I've been meaning to take a day trip out to the Wimpy near Motherwell for a while.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #65 on: January 10, 2020, 07:05:19 PM »
I can see Holland & Barrett disappearing soon. There was a time when that was the only place you could get a vegetarian pasty for lunch, but seeing as you can get better vegan food almost everywhere now i don't see what the point of H&B is. And all those vitamins and supplements that take up half the shop are surely cheaper online.

I didn't even know Holland and Barratt did food outside tracker bar type things.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #66 on: January 10, 2020, 07:23:38 PM »
Wasn’t that the shop specifically for fat people or was that Evans?

That's Evans. Unlike Evans, Principles has no USP.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #67 on: January 10, 2020, 07:25:48 PM »
I can see Holland & Barrett disappearing soon. There was a time when that was the only place you could get a vegetarian pasty for lunch, but seeing as you can get better vegan food almost everywhere now i don't see what the point of H&B is. And all those vitamins and supplements that take up half the shop are surely cheaper online.

Nah, Holland and Barratt have about two million stores in Edinburgh alone and they seem pretty busy. I think they're all about the protein shakes these days.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #68 on: January 10, 2020, 07:30:00 PM »
I can see Holland & Barrett disappearing soon. There was a time when that was the only place you could get a vegetarian pasty for lunch, but seeing as you can get better vegan food almost everywhere now i don't see what the point of H&B is. And all those vitamins and supplements that take up half the shop are surely cheaper online.

They regularly have half price or two for one offers. With supplements where a pack can last months that means it's easy to shop from sale to sale. They're good for stuff that isn't always found in supermarkets, like molasses, organic soya milk and decent tahini, too. And their loyalty cards take pounds off your bill.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #69 on: January 10, 2020, 07:33:15 PM »
Molasses is just black treacle, don't believe the hype.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #70 on: January 10, 2020, 07:33:58 PM »
What hype?

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« Reply #71 on: January 10, 2020, 07:39:35 PM »
Holland and Barrett sell food?!

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #72 on: January 10, 2020, 07:42:00 PM »
What hype?
Big Molasses has gotten to you, obvs

Build A Bear Workshop has its worldwide headquarters just down the road from me. Well, it's a miserable looking industrial estate quite near me, but still.

At some point in the future, perhaps after nuclear annihilation has taken most of the population, we'll elect a left-wing government and they'll stop online places from treating their staff like slaves, tipping the balance back towards actual bricks and mortar shops. Or they'll drop the rent on places and more independent, locally owned places will move in. Or maybe we'll all die from coyote attacks. Who knows.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #73 on: January 10, 2020, 07:46:51 PM »
Big Molasses has gotten to you, obvs

I realise it's a by-product of the sugar industry. It isn't a regular purchase but better for breadmaking than sugar and nice in hot chocolate. One jar lasts a long time.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #74 on: January 10, 2020, 08:00:42 PM »
Holland and Barrett sell food?!

Yes- they're great for things like oat bran, coconut flour, spelt flour, raw cocoa nibs and other things which are really handy if you like baking, even if you're not vegan or gluten intolerant. I go there quite a bit as it happens and I'd probably miss my local H&B  if it wasn't there.

Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #75 on: January 10, 2020, 08:05:51 PM »
I'd say H&B is doing fine, they could probably close some stores in the name of efficiency but otherwise no big issues. I mean, if I'm actually walking into your store and buying things semi-regularly, I'd imagine they're weathering the assault from online outlets better than most.


House of Fraser looked shockingly dead before Christmas when I walked by so it was my bet for one to go in early January.

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« Reply #76 on: January 10, 2020, 08:09:13 PM »
Yes- they're great for things like oat bran, coconut flour, spelt flour, raw cocoa nibs and other things which are really handy if you like baking, even if you're not vegan or gluten intolerant. I go there quite a bit as it happens and I'd probably miss my local H&B  if it wasn't there.
Oh right, that kind of stuff I would expect. I don't know why but I read something above that made me think you could walk out of there munching on a panini.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #77 on: January 10, 2020, 09:05:24 PM »
Oh right, that kind of stuff I would expect. I don't know why but I read something above that made me think you could walk out of there munching on a panini.
They do vegan pasties and suchlike, I occasionally had one of those and a flapjack-looking thing from H&B for lunch.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #78 on: January 10, 2020, 09:12:28 PM »
Was it full of capsules?

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« Reply #79 on: January 10, 2020, 09:28:23 PM »
Oh right, that kind of stuff I would expect. I don't know why but I read something above that made me think you could walk out of there munching on a panini.

Do they have them in the US?

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #80 on: January 10, 2020, 09:35:22 PM »
I don't know, I only go to four places

But presumably not, they'd just have a big fucking building called DRUGS BARN

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #81 on: January 10, 2020, 11:01:10 PM »
Build A Bear Workshop has its worldwide headquarters just down the road from me. Well, it's a miserable looking industrial estate quite near me, but still

Well they aren't going anywhere for sure,

I've heard from other people that this Build-A-Bear Group actually control governments and stuff.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #82 on: January 10, 2020, 11:18:54 PM »
Thorntons is actually still going?  That was considered posh in 1984.  Now, with my crowns and fillings, the wonderful toffee will have to be remembered from my youth - not risking that shit.

Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #83 on: January 10, 2020, 11:57:30 PM »
I always thought Superdry was a Japanese brand (I guess I was conflating it with Asahi Super Dry beer). It's only recently that I realised it actually hails from the couturial mecca that is Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
i genuinely thought it was chinese. i. ugrhgh. argh

it uses kanji. i am a racist.

Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #84 on: January 11, 2020, 12:03:48 AM »
it uses kanji. i am a racist.

Badly translated kanji at that.

I never knew that Superdry was formed from the same company as Cult Clothing (with all of the original CC branches becoming Superdry stores when the brand took off). Always wondered what happened to them.

Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #85 on: January 11, 2020, 12:12:01 AM »
There is still a Wimpy in Peterborough
There is an unlicenced Wimpy in Fermoy in Cork, which recently had a makeover to make it look MORE like a Wimpy.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #86 on: January 11, 2020, 01:05:07 AM »
Badly translated kanji at that.

Hello!

Also someone pointed out to me that the voguish aesthetic kanji they plaster everywhere is a load of tossed-off nonsense (Englanji?).

It's basically that late-90s thing of mistaking other international scripts as being a signifier of bold graphic design, when all they've probably done is flicked through a graphic design book, found something international and thought "that looks good, let's do that". (The Designer's Republic used to use kanji prominently, whether hey bothered to use proper translations I don't know but it probably gave Superdry the idea along with a load of other t-shirt designers around that time.)
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« Reply #87 on: January 11, 2020, 01:20:34 AM »
     


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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #88 on: January 11, 2020, 01:31:52 AM »
(The Designer's Republic used to use kanji prominently, whether hey bothered to use proper translations I don't know but it probably gave Superdry the idea along with a load of other t-shirt designers around that time.)

I think tDR used a lot of made up glyphs that looked Kanji-ish, but weren't, although there was some real stuff in there too.

Surprised that Hangul doesn't get more love from the graphic designers of this world.

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Re: British High Street Death List 2020
« Reply #89 on: January 11, 2020, 01:51:23 AM »
I think tDR used a lot of made up glyphs that looked Kanji-ish, but weren't, although there was some real stuff in there too.

Surprised that Hangul doesn't get more love from the graphic designers of this world.

I tend to use designs employing foreign scripts on t-shirts these days, 'cos as time goes on I find that wearable slogans and references that are legible to passers-by feel increasingly naff (those're just my sensibilities right now). But when I do they're always from something in-situ and not confected in order to look cool, as that too is naffballs. If it's graphically exciting but also alien and genuine, that's the sweet spot IMO.

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