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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #5361
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Krispy Kreme are opening at Westfield Merry Hill in April

http://uk.westfield.com/shop/stores/...retailer=46368
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Old February 20th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #5362
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Planning Application - 2012/01028/PA looks like Poundland are moving into the old section of BHS facing Union Street (opposite their current store).
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:04 PM   #5363
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I've always thought that separate part of BHS was a bit strange,

I wonder if this may have started the rumour of BHS closing?
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #5364
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That's great that they are staying on the same street, as I was saying just yesterday, maybe Scottish widows are working behind for this phase.. Maybe we could see Bhs get a refit too, they are rolling out new branding.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 01:38 PM   #5365
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Some news for Redditch,

Looks like work has begun on the "Teardrop Site" which part of it will house Sainsburys petrol station, allowing them to expand their current store on the Abbey Retail Park. Site is being cleared at the moment.



and M&S store refurb
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New jobs to be created as Redditch M&S store undergoes revamp
7:40am Tuesday 21st February 2012 in

MARKS & Spencer has begun a revamp of its store in Redditch, creating 15 new jobs for the town.

The store improvements will include a brand new M&S Café, in-store bakery, new customer changing rooms, updated food hall and clothing displays.

The new 50-seat M&S Café will offer customers a wide choice of hot and cold refreshments including Fairtrade tea and coffee served by specially trained baristas. A selection of sandwiches, hand-made baguettes, pastries and cakes will also be available.

The changes will complement the store’s existing offer, with a wider range of fashions for the whole family including the addition of the popular women’s collection, per una.

The new look food hall will feature a brand new in-store bakery making fresh breads and pastries each day as well as quality products, including ready meals, fresh produce, sandwiches, salads, snacks and a range of wines and champagne.

Throughout the store changes, customer disruption will be kept to a minimum and the store will continue to trade as normal.

Amanda Husband, Marks & Spencer Redditch store manager, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing an updated store to Redditch and can’t wait for our shoppers to benefit from the improvements, especially our brand new M&S Café. “There are some fantastic new features and we hope the changes will be a big hit when they are unveiled later this year.”
http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/...ergoes_revamp/
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 01:30 PM   #5366
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Pets at Home to open in the Dreams unit at Stetchford Retail Park. On that planning app it also says that the Matalan unit is now vacant, does anyone live or go past this area to confirm?

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Application Number 2011/07430/PA
Application Type Advertisement
Site Address Stechford Retail Park Flaxley Parkway Pets at Home Birmingham B33 9AN
Proposal Display of 3 internally illuminated canopy signs, 1 internally illuminated fascia sign, 1 non-illuminated gantry sign to the existing tower, 4 non-illuminated poster signs to front and 1 non-illuminated directional sign to rear.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:32 PM   #5367
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Was still open just before Christmas when I went past, may have closed since.


More 99p/Family Bargain Stores due to open in the West Midlands this year and a Family Bargains opened Monday in Birmingham?
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The expansion of Northampton-based budget retailer 99p Stores is set to continue with three new store openings.

A new £350,000 Family Bargains store, part of the group which sells "bigger ticket" value items, is to open on Friday (24 February) in Stockport.

It follows a 4,660 sq ft Family Bargains store which opened in Birmingham on Monday (20 February).

The retailer has plans to open ten new stores in the West Midlands this year, which will create 350 jobs, it said.

99p Stores is also set to open its 178th store in March with an 8,500 sq ft, £250,000 shop in Middlesbrough, creating 35 jobs.

Managing director Hussein Lalani said: "The value genie is now well and truly out of the bottle and there is no putting it back in."

The company aims to have 600 stores in the next decade, with sales of more than £300m and 5,000 employees.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 05:39 PM   #5368
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Pets at Home to open in the Dreams unit at Stetchford Retail Park. On that planning app it also says that the Matalan unit is now vacant, does anyone live or go past this area to confirm?
It still comes up on the Matalan store locator.

http://www.matalan.co.uk/pws/StoreFi...re&page=stores
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 05:40 PM   #5369
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Peacocks' sale to Edinburgh Woollen Mill sees 224 stores close - 3,100 jobs to go

February 22, 2012

More than 3,000 jobs were lost today after ailing fashion chain Peacocks was sold out of administration.

The deal with Edinburgh Woollen Mill will save 388 shops and more than 6,000 jobs but administrators from KPMG said it had been forced to close 224 stores with immediate effect, leading to 3,100 redundancies.

Chris Laverty, joint administrator at KPMG, said: "Today's deal ensures the continued trading of a well-known name on the high street.

"While it is unfortunate that redundancies have been necessary, we are pleased that we have been able to preserve the majority of the business and jobs."
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 06:26 PM   #5370
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Peacocks Stores closing are;

REDDITCH
WOLVERHAMPTON
BRIERLEY HILL
TELFORD
COVENTRY
MERRY HILL
HALESOWEN
WORCESTER
SUTTON COLDFIELD
STAFFORD
MARKET DRAYTON
BIRMINGHAM (ST ANDREWS)
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 06:29 PM   #5371
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cheers loudrocksurfer

what ones are left now then?
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 06:42 PM   #5372
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cheers loudrocksurfer

what ones are left now then?
Stores staying open;

Bromsgrove
Northfield
King's Heath
Smethwick
Cape Hill
Droitwich
Dudley
Stechford
Kidderminster
Perry Bar
Wednesbury
West Bromwich
Erdington
Walsall
Tamworth
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 06:57 PM   #5373
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Peacocks Stores closing are;

REDDITCH
WOLVERHAMPTON
BRIERLEY HILL
TELFORD
COVENTRY
MERRY HILL
HALESOWEN
WORCESTER
SUTTON COLDFIELD
STAFFORD
MARKET DRAYTON
BIRMINGHAM (ST ANDREWS)
A shame for the Merry Hill one, also the one in Sutton Coldfield opened recently as it over took the Au Natural store, also St Andrews has only been open for a few months. This also looks like they won't be opening in the Swan Centre
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:52 PM   #5374
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The Peacocks situation is a travesty for a business that was actually profitable. They just ballsed up the debt conditions in the buy out years ago.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:59 PM   #5375
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Work going on inside the unit on the end of the block with the Oasis Market on, facing Priory Square, Big Johns put in a app last year, it also was approved last year so that could be it.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 01:17 PM   #5376
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GAME to close 35 stores, gameplay.co.uk

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/n...eplaycouk.html
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 04:00 PM   #5377
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Looks Like Floors 2 go on Bristol St has become a Hardware shop, was gardening equipment in there today, still got the floors 2 go sign up though
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:53 PM   #5378
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Where is "St. Andrews"?
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:58 PM   #5379
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St Andrews Retail Park, by the blues ground lol Link below shows just how close

http://www.completelyretail.co.uk/me...brochure_2.pdf
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:59 PM   #5380
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Oh yes! Sorry.
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