BHS swings into the red after a Green makeoverI was saying the very same thing only on Thursday. They seriously can't be running at a profit can they?!
I bought a toaster at BHS a couple of years ago. £50 reduced to £25. It used to be the (or a) place to go for lamps and lighting-related accessories.
My mam seems to like the cafe in BHS, though myself I always find it unckean and rather dark. I also don't care for it since I went in one time and a child seemed to throw half of their meal at me.
The points made by others above seem spot on really. Many Bhs stores lack investment, and it's difficult to pinpoint what exactly Bhs is for - both attributes that afflicted Woolies in later years.I would be interested to know what Graham Soult thinks about the situation?
I think it's far from doomed with Philip Green at the helm. Especially once they fully implement their new strategy and have the Arcadia brands fully integrated into the stores. At that point it will have a purpose again and I think there's a clear place in the market for them to exploit.BHS are in exactly the same place Woolies were before their demise. They don't know who their potential customers should be, and their potential customers don't know what they're for. As per Woolies, ask yourself: What's the thing you need that you think of BHS first for?
Not confirmed as far as I'm aware, but I heard the same rumour re. Primark quite some time ago.Has it been confirmed that Primark are moving to the old Woolworths unit in MC? Just as of a few weeks ago that unit was under offer, and I know it was rumoured to be Primark.
Clas Ohlson maybe? Four of CO's ten stores by the end of the year will be in Capital Shopping Centre developments. Also, the upcoming Merry Hill store (near Birmingham) indicates that large out-of-town malls are of interest as well as city centres.If so then the current Primark unit is a rather large one in a popular area of the centre- I wonder who would take that?
The Metro Centre is not in Newcastle.There is a market for BHS- it is your typical granny store where she can get her twin sets. After Littlewoods went under- or at least their stores did anyway- you would have thought BHS would have capitalised. Unfortunately they didnt. And I agree they are close to what Woolies did- they don't seem to cater for anyone- or they don't seem to market themselves to anyone. They have spent a lot on new stores, although none was spent on their Newcastle city centre store (although the mc was)- but havnt done owt to improve the offering inside.
Personally I would love to see BHS to go in the city centre and it would open up a large unit on nland street- something that rarely occurs.
I would love Primark to open in the old woolies store in the MC- and Clas Ohlson to tkae their unit- if the rumours are true then surely Clas Ohlson would the bookies favourite to take the the unit primark vacants. In fariness we are only ever going to see Clas Ohlson in the MC and not the city centre- there simply isnt the space for them to open in city centre, the Next is too small.
Talking of Next is there no rumours at all who will take the prominet spot on Nland Street. They are moving into ES in the new year- and if no one was lined up for the spot surely we would have seen the TO LET sign up by now.
Also has anyone been near Eldon Garden. What is the store that will be opening next to the entrance from ES? Isnt it to house high end clothing? Is it a chain or an independent. And has Popolo opened yet in there?
Finally what is everyones problem with people from outside Tyneside saying MC is in Newcastle? Doesnt everyone say that the Trafford Centre is Manchester even though it isnt in Manchester at all? Or that Westfield is in London but really isnt in London really (only the City is in London). This arguement shouldnt really be in this thread it more about the artifical boundaries created across the urban built up area that is Tyneside. Although they could call the MC being in Tyneside, the norm is for any place in a large urban conurbation to be called after its primary centre- and in the Tyneside conurbation that is Newcastle (in West Midlands it is Birmingham, Greater Manchester is Manchester, Merseyside in Liverpool etc etc). The fact that the MC is a mere 3 miles or so to the city centre also means calling the MC Newcastle as valid IMO. I just wish in 1974 they called all the metropolitan counties like they did in London and Manchester ie Greater Newcastle, Greater Liverpool, Greater Birmingham etc. This would have made so much more sense.