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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #240 on: December 02, 2011, 09:38:02 pm »
Can we stop bringing children's walking (or lack of) into everything? There are a lot of children who DO walk to school (including my own aged 7 and 4) whatever the weather!
 

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« Reply #241 on: December 02, 2011, 10:39:05 pm »
Here here mannyd!  ;)
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #242 on: December 03, 2011, 10:19:09 am »
I think maybe someone should open a shop that is driected at children like an arty shop that they can come along make cards and things for their familie but you coud also sell arty stuff, cards, gifts and posiibly little cupcakes and things. This is something that i would really like in the village..
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #243 on: December 03, 2011, 01:21:13 pm »
I think maybe someone should open a shop that is driected at children like an arty shop that they can come along make cards and things for their familie but you coud also sell arty stuff, cards, gifts and posiibly little cupcakes and things. This is something that i would really like in the village..

Isn't that what Lavendula was ??
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #244 on: December 08, 2011, 05:03:38 pm »
The best thing to put in the Village is a Charity shop, All the Charity Shops in Hatfield and Potters Bar are bursting at the Seams with people.   If we get a good charity shop in the Village it will make a forune, and I can buy my wifes Birthday and Christmas presents in there. I can also save a fortune on my holiday clothes and get my children kitted out in the bast Armani and Gucci gear.  Maybe just maybe  I will get some nice furniture for my Flat if the right people donate.  Come on people of Brookmans Park get beind this idea, so that us Poor people can Benefit.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #245 on: December 09, 2011, 06:42:32 pm »
As some one said in an earlier post, the people on this site would like an Italian restuarant, but to make money you need to get a steady flow all day every day to make money, and few restuarants let alone the pub has had any great success with that.

We would get compliants from peolple regarding change of use of Hollywoods and additional car parking in the village.

As to the idea of a charity shop in the village, that will be the death nail for any new business in the village.

Peolpe have money in Brookmans Park because the vast majority do not spend it supporting the local shops!!!
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #246 on: December 09, 2011, 11:29:23 pm »
Bunny,  I think your final comment is a bit unfair and completely unsubstantiated.   People are free to spend their money where and how they like.   Just because people live in the village doesnt mean they have money and they certainly dont have to be limited to shopping in Brookmans Park, after all, how many of us need to use the hairdressers, the vet, the florist,  the dog groomers, and the numerous eateries and estate agents etc., etc., on a regular enough basis to keep these businesses open.   Yes, it is unfortunate that some of the businesses that open in the village are not successful but we are not obliged to support businesses just because they open in the village.  Businesses fail every day, it is just that the goldfish bowl that is Brookmans Park is possibly a more visible example of this than your average high street.   
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #247 on: December 10, 2011, 01:25:31 am »
The best thing to put in the Village is a Charity shop, All the Charity Shops in Hatfield and Potters Bar are bursting at the Seams with people.

I like this idea.
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #248 on: December 10, 2011, 09:12:06 pm »
Maybe just maybe  I will get some nice furniture for my Flat if the right people donate.

Great idea, I'd really like one of those Eames lounge chair and footstool sets.  If anyone is wanting to have a clear out, I'll happily take one to the dump for them...

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #249 on: February 16, 2012, 07:55:24 pm »
Yes but by that token we would see all the shops in the village closed but hey, we abided by the forum rules so that's OK.

Harrumph!!
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #250 on: February 16, 2012, 08:02:17 pm »
Yes but by that token we would see all the shops in the village closed but hey, we abided by the forum rules so that's OK.

Harrumph!!

It's not OK but I agree with your sentiment.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #251 on: February 16, 2012, 08:10:53 pm »
There's only one hardware shop in the village so its not really advertising.

Great shop-sorted me out on a number of occasions-be very sad to see it hit hard times.

I think that the problems lie in  Local authorities charging ridiculous rates.

What they fail to realize is that their actions will eventually lead to less rates as there will be less shops to pay them.

In the face of the internet and the seismic changes in the way most of us shop I think its time the government sorted the problem.

Lower rates and give shop keepers a break and then at least they will have a fighting chance of competing in these crazy market

conditions.

I fear though its all about the cash for them so nothing will change.

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #252 on: February 17, 2012, 06:28:50 am »
I think that the problems lie in  Local authorities charging ridiculous rates.

What they fail to realize is that their actions will eventually lead to less rates as there will be less shops to pay them.

bp..

This is very true but a long standing problem. I recall over 28 years ago when a newsagents I knew based at a north London tube station was going through hard times. London Underground put up the rents by a riduculous amounts, and despite protests, insisted they go ahead. Several months later, the newsagents closed. The property was then left vacant for 2 years before someone finally had the sense to reduce the price - lost monies that can never be regained.
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #253 on: February 17, 2012, 08:03:56 am »
I have merged this topic with an existing discussion about local shops (please check when starting a thread to see if one already exists).

I agree with John F that care is needed when discussing local services, but I think the issues raised are so important and affect all services in the village that the question whether we shop locally, online or at one of the big superstores is a valid local debate.

We do a mix of shopping, including online, superstore and local. We shop online for stuff we can't get as easily locally, we use superstores for bulk orders of everyday things, and we shop locally at least once a week when we want good quality produce, informed advice and all served by a friendly face who seems genuinely interested in our needs.

I guess the question is what mix of the above works for both the consumer and the local businesses. 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #254 on: February 17, 2012, 03:11:51 pm »
Has the local hardware emporium thought about opening an online auction shop (not mentioning any names).   They could try running this alongside the shop.   I have friends who have an electronics shop but also sell online and do very well at it.   I also know someone who has a horse/tack supply shop and now do most of their business on line.   They say that they shut the shop at 5pm, go home for the evening and when they get back into the shop at 9am the next morning they have orders often totalling hundreds of pounds which have arrived overnight.
It might be worth a try.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #255 on: February 17, 2012, 04:24:13 pm »
I think we should all consider using shops like this in the village more.

I am pretty sure that outlets in BP can and are matching supermarket/internet prices.

If they are a little more, well then that's because its free to park and you have it in your hand immediately. Rather than paying for postage and waiting in to sign for it.

The internet is amazing. I use it too buy exclusively. I will be trying to change that. :-\

The village stores still have a place and purpose and provide good personal service. Lets not overlook that for the social wasteland that is the www.

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #256 on: February 18, 2012, 08:53:02 am »
The other value we often forget to add when comparing the shops in the village with what can be purchased online or in an out-of-town superstore is convenience. The are numerous times when I run out of something and expect there to be someone standing behind a counter in the village ready to meet my needs. Perhaps we take it all for granted.
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #257 on: February 26, 2012, 02:13:29 am »
David is absolutely right.

Local shops are extremely convenient, but they should not be used just for that.  A shopkeeper cannot be expected to make a living just selling the occassional pint of milk or loaf of bread.  We should patronise them regularly if we want to keep them, and not just use them as a standby for when we have run of of something which we usually buy elsewhere.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #258 on: February 27, 2012, 09:30:47 am »
I think, as someone has already said, that local shops would like at least the opportunity to quote rather than just an assumption made that it will be automatically cheaper on the internet or at the larger stores.
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #259 on: February 27, 2012, 10:31:25 pm »
I was in a shop in the village when a customer came in who had bought something on the internet and then had the cheek to come into that shop and ask for advice on assembling it! I also bought a product in the village, it was about £10 cheaper than the large DIY store at Oldings Corner Hatfield. Shopping local comes with personal service and often lower prices. 
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #260 on: May 09, 2012, 03:05:40 pm »
I see something is happening to the shop next to 'Hollywood' - a lot of dust coming out of the open door!  Does anyone know what it is going to be in there?
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #261 on: May 10, 2012, 09:15:06 am »
I have heard it will be a hairdressers, one of the former Hollywood employees.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #262 on: June 24, 2015, 05:23:25 pm »
I have merged the previous post (#267) with this existing thread on the topic of the village shops.
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #263 on: June 30, 2015, 10:09:17 pm »
Tealicious is up for rent
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/property-34729752.html
It says it has extra outside seating for up to 40...
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #264 on: July 04, 2015, 10:41:20 am »
Tealicious is up for rent
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/property-34729752.html
It says it has extra outside seating for up to 40...
I've often thought they could make more sales if they opened earlier and catered to the passing trade in the village around 7:30-9am (commuters etc).
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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #265 on: August 15, 2015, 08:43:29 pm »
I know that there had been some concern in this thread about the future of the village post office.  So I thought this update might be helpful.

Iíve been informed that whilst there had been plans for it to close, this is now no longer the case and it will be continued to be run by the same individuals. 

Although an alternative option would have been offered, a service from within the Co-Op for example, I don't think this would have been up to the standard of a full post office and it's therefore good news that this has been resolved.

Grant.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #266 on: August 16, 2015, 10:36:02 am »
Thanks Grant, this is very good news for the village.
I have been watching recent TV programme about the Post Office restructuring and the need to cease the subsidies plowed in by the Government(Taxpayer). I do hope that by keeping our Post Office open ( for how long?), that he Postmaster's retainer and/or any subsidy has not been cut to effect their livelyhood?
On another matter , and this is to all readers, the Post office offers two ways for us to draw cash for personal use. The cash machine (or hole in the wall),  and cash from the actual Post Office counter. I am reliably informed that by drawing cash via the counter, this money goes towards the actual turnover of the Post Office and thus increases its worth to the overal business. So whenever possible use that facility first if convenient.
 

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Re: Shops in the village - opening, closing & suggestions
« Reply #267 on: September 15, 2015, 07:54:01 am »
A reminder that any posts containing rumour and speculation about local businesses will be edited and/or removed by the moderators.
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