I went to Leeds yesterday for the first time in a decade (it's a city I knew pretty well in the early 80s). Amazed by the upmarket quality retail in the Victoria Quarter (the Edwardian arcades area) - the sort of thing we should have in Grainger Town, but don't [and more or less fully occupied, and busy]. But I was also gobsmacked to see that Lewis's - which in my time was THE department store - has folded and the building is now occupied by a Sainsbury's, and - the ultimate insult - an Argos and a TK Maxx. It couldn't be worse if the whole place had become a poundland. Anyway, that go me thinking - all the wishes expressed here for Newcastle to get a Selfridges, a Harvey Nichols etc - what could happen is that we might lose far more than we gain. Would gaining a Selfridges be worth it for the loss of Fenwicks? It could happen here.