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Old October 19th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #21
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Thanks for the scan jrb.
What a pile of rubbish. What has Oldham st got?
  • A Bookies
  • a closed auction room
  • 3 newsagents
  • dodgy pubs
  • a couple of barbers/hairdressers/hairdressers training buildings
  • a few scroaty fabric shops
  • Maxwin Chicken-huhhuhhuhhuh, yuk.
  • and a few over-priced, but still shit clothes shops

Allright, that isnt everythin. Pop and oxfam are ok. And a few bods are allways in the music shops, but thats it.

I only every go down there if i'm passing through, or seeing a gig and N&D/ Dry bar.

I do hate it when the Republic of Mancunia pretends it can contend with the best, at everything. Give it Hebden Bridge.
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Old October 20th, 2005, 12:11 AM   #22
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It's the most interseting street, in the most interesting part of the most interesting city.. in the world.
And you forgot Matt and Phreds! And Afflecs (through the arcade of course)!
And love saves, oh no, I'm going to cry now. How can you find a 300 grand hole in the books? I'd rather be there than the kings road any day of the week.
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Old October 20th, 2005, 12:18 AM   #23
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picadilly records, vinyl exchange etc etc. The streets a cultural paradise. It's marvelous!
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Old October 20th, 2005, 01:59 AM   #24
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"The nations favorite shopping street"

Matt & Phreds, a shop is it now?

Correct Frozen, The 'Arcade' is on Oldham st. Affleks is a centre of shopping in its own right. Now, if the whole interior was spread out along Oldham st, wow, that would be great! but it isnt.
Yes the music/vinyl shops on the street have a similar vibe but, is that all Oldham st has to offer in this little debate? London, Brighton and Leeds have so many streets like this, but ten times better/denser/longer. We have one, and the top half is a piss hole!

(Im gonna get panned for this but) IMHO, The Northern quarter is complimented far too much. Yes parts are kooky, but as an area, there's loads that shit about it. Oldham st is one (I could name more). A few records shops and some poncey clothes shops are its highlights, and its a national best?!
Other cities have far better streets than us. **** me, its no achievement for a big city like MCR to have a handful of good shops on a long straight st!
As for being "a cultural paradise", have you ever kicked back in The King, and while discussing the Renaissance movement with a Bi-sexual Pygmy thought, "Sacre bleu!" or whatever, "I'm really glad im here"?
I doubt it, I imagin your view of Oldham st is one that last less than 70yards.
Lets complete the the length of the diesel filled joke before we pretend it's "the most interesting street" please.

Drunken rant over. But having to step foot on it virtually everyday for the past 10 years lets you see it for its true detail. Hebden Bridge!!!
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Old October 20th, 2005, 10:23 AM   #25
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I like Oldham street/Tib street

Refuses to conform to any stereotype. Truly horrific pubs with daytime karaoke, porn shops, fancy dress shops and trendy cafes all cheek by jowl.

I'd hate all streets to be the same bland style. We have enough swank and clean lines down St Annes and Exchange Square now. Nowt wrong with a bit of rough to balance things off.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #26
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Apart from London, I don't think any other UK city has as many decent, full size department stores in their city centre?

Kendals!
M&S
Selfridges
Harvey Nichols
Next
Debenhams

MEN vote! 91% want it kept as Kendals!

ALL CHANGE: Kendals, Deansgate.THE most famous shopping name in Manchester has reached the end of the line after 170 years.



Kendals in Deansgate has ditched its historic title and is now trading under the House of Fraser banner - although the old name is still there, preserved in granite above the entrance.

Company chief John Coleman denied the decision to change the title was a slight to tradition, saying it was part of a "new era" for the much-loved department store.


There has been a £25m refit that brings dozens of trendy new brands to the shop floor. Mr Coleman said: "We are trying to say to people who perhaps tried Kendals in the past and did not like it to come again.

"Kendals has always been in the vanguard of change and that it is only reason it has developed and survived. This is recognition of a new era.

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"We recognise that for a small number of people such a change is always quite difficult. But we have one million customers a year at this site and since the story came about only a handful have raised it as an issue. Some people will be sad but we hope everyone will find an improved store with something for them."

Kendals was established in Deansgate in 1832 but only took on its name when three employees bought out the business and re-opened it as Kendal, Milne & Faulkner in 1836.

The store was bought by Harrods in 1919 and took on the famous Harrods name in the 1920s. It was quickly changed back to Kendals after protests from staff and customers. House of Fraser bought out Harrods in 1959.

The Manchester Evening News revealed in March that company chiefs planned to change the Kendals name to House of Fraser - sparking an angry reaction from our readers.

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said the move would be a "great shame".

House of Fraser has a policy of refurbished stores trading under the group name. Kendals has been facing stiff competition from Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 04:44 PM   #27
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Yeah, It's all go at the moment in Manc retail. Some more stores due to open hopefully before Xmas.

Urban Outfitters - Market St
Qube - Big Shoe Shop - Market St
Opus - Printworks
Cafe Rouge - (180 seater no less) Withy Grove opposite new Next store. Excahnge Square.

The last two coupled, with the opening of the new Arndale Extension / Next Store will certanily add additional buzz to this already very vibrant area. This has to be now, without question, the PRIME retail/leisure area of the city.

I think it's testanment to the MCC on how they have engineered the development of this part of the city, whilst ensuring minimal detromental impacts to others areas by simultaneously regenerating these parts that were indecline, suc as Piccadilly Gardens /Place/ Basin et al. It seems only a few years ago, people thought the centre of Manchester WAS Piccadilly gardens.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 09:16 PM   #28
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Its an utter disgrace and slightly peverse that House of Fraser has chosen to cheapen and downgrade their presence in Manchester by trashing such an historic and well regarded brand as Kendals by replacing it with the ubiquitous and much less well regarded House of Fraser brand. Bizarre. Defies logic, it really does. Bad for Manchester and bad for business IMO.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 09:18 PM   #29
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On a happier note, we have the opening of the Royal Exchange as yet another prime shopping destination in the city centre together with the remaining phases of the Arndale redevelopment.

Royal Exchange should be something pretty special though and will hopefully bring more as yet un-represented brands to the city.
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Old October 29th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #30
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Its an utter disgrace and slightly peverse that House of Fraser has chosen to cheapen and downgrade their presence in Manchester by trashing such an historic and well regarded brand as Kendals by replacing it with the ubiquitous and much less well regarded House of Fraser brand. Bizarre. Defies logic, it really does. Bad for Manchester and bad for business IMO.
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Old October 29th, 2005, 01:00 AM   #31
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It will always be Kendals no matter if they called it The Pink Windmill
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Old November 25th, 2005, 11:59 AM   #32
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Welcome to the Costa del Trafford



TOURIST TRAP: The Trafford Centre draws the crowds

FORGET Manchester's glitzy centre, Chester's Roman walls, or scenic Lancashire - the place to stay is the Trafford Centre.

Visitors are flocking to the unlikely destination to take advantage of budget hotels near the leisure and shopping complex.

Managers say coachloads of shoppers keep business buoyant, while rooms are also filled by employees coming from other parts of the country to work at the centre's 280 stores.

Hotels around the complex have become so well-used bosses at one company say there are more customers than rooms to put them in.

Peel Holdings, which owns the Trafford Centre, was given permission to build a three-floor, 54-bedroom budget hotel near the site last week.

The hotel, on land between the David Lloyd leisure centre and the Manchester Ship Canal, will be the fourth serving the centre.

The news comes just days after a 40-bed extension at the nearby Golden Tulip was opened by Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville. Bosses said it was the chain's top performing UK hotel.

Kelsie Howarth, who manages the Coaching House - one of two Premier Travel Inns near the centre - said the 59-room hotel was fully booked every night apart from Sunday, and staff often had to send customers to the chain's other nearby hotels.

She said similar hotels got a lot of trade from business customers throughout the week, but would be quieter at weekends, whereas they were kept busy by a steady stream of leisure guests on shopping trips to the centre.

Nearby Old Trafford and Manchester Airport also ensured it was a popular spot.

Jacqui Wallis, sales manager at the Golden Tulip, said the hotel had been fully booked several times since the expansion. However, she said staff working at the centre, along with business executives going to meetings at nearby Trafford Park, made up the majority of guests.

She said: "There's a very high demand for this area, but I would say about 25 per cent of our business is leisure, while the rest is corporate.

"We get a lot of business from the stores themselves. If they're doing any sort of refurbishment we get a lot of employees coming down, and when John Lewis opened we were very busy.

"The majority of business comes from Trafford Park with over 3,000 businesses there and being on the ring road means we're convenient."Conrad Astley
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Old November 25th, 2005, 12:53 PM   #33
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I like Urban Outfitters, first encountered one in Montreal then suddenly they started appearing in the West End.

Nice atmosphere in the stores.

Whereabouts on Market St is it going?
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Old November 25th, 2005, 01:57 PM   #34
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I like Urban Outfitters, first encountered one in Montreal then suddenly they started appearing in the West End.

Nice atmosphere in the stores.

Whereabouts on Market St is it going?
I believe it's already opened. It's about half way down on the Arndale side. Spent a fortune in the NYC one's last year.

Excellent in NYC, didn't think the London one I saw was as good. Anyone been in the Manchester one yet?
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Old November 25th, 2005, 01:59 PM   #35
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urban outfitters is finished although bits of the inside still appear not to be. Its ok although the layout is weird and the interior doesnt really fit in with the structure. It has structural supports going through a staircase for example. Cool stuff in it though, especially the music shop bit
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Old November 25th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #36
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Surprised they went for Market Street. More suited to either Northern Qtr or even somewhere on the Triangle to King Street stretch imo.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 03:00 PM   #37
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I've found three in London so far, Covent Garden, Kensington High St and Oxford St. Can only compare them with Montreal's one. All a similar size.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 05:45 PM   #38
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Is this set in the not too great looking curved glass section?
Originally intended for Benetton but apparantly the quality of the build put them off?
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Old November 26th, 2005, 04:40 PM   #39
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Well i've been in.
Not many positive things to say really!
The womens stuff was really good...but as usual the mens stuff was absolute shite!
It was all extremely overpriced in my opinion too considering that most of the stock is second hand.

However the music shop was very good...lots of alternative stuff in there that you wouldn't find anywhere else around Market Street...even Fopp!
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Old November 26th, 2005, 06:30 PM   #40
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It was all extremely overpriced in my opinion too considering that most of the stock is second hand
?? second hand?
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