It’s astonishing how wrong The Guardian can be

Ah, so. The report is to either landlords or tenants of retail properties. And where – whichever you are – would you like to have your property? Where there’s lots of cash available from aspirational buyers? Or where there’s lots of community but bugger all money?

Tough one, eh?

But then the Daily Mash did get the paper right, didn’t it? The Guardian, wrong on everything. All the time.

20 comments on “It’s astonishing how wrong The Guardian can be

  1. Unfair on the Guardian. It has been known to print the correct date at the top of the front page.

  2. And in any case, next week both the Graun and public-sector troughers like the “community trust” CEO will be saying how Byker is desperate, there’s no jobs and the locals are only kept alive by food banks.

  3. Who cares nowadays about their shops? I went into Swindon town centre the other day and I haven’t been there in nearly 2 years. I get most of my stuff via M&S, Amazon and Ocado. I’m even buying shoes online. Clarks seem to have standardised sizes. I’ve found shoes I like, so just send me the same again and save me wasting my time going around shops.

    The difference between stuff in shops just isn’t worth being near the “good” ones now. Go into somewhere like Hotel Chocolat and you’re mostly just paying for a load of decor, a pretentious name and the illusion that you’ve joined the upper crust. The Finest chocolates in Tesco are just as good.

  4. It’s the Guardian’s standard complaint that “your measure of status is bad because it paints my group as having low status”. They use similar logic when demanding e.g. that factors other than student grades be taken into account on university applications; or that factors other than the crime committed be taken into account on sentencing.

    Sometimes their arguments have merit; but mostly they’re just jockeying for status.

  5. The underlying retail report is a masterpiece of stating the obvious. Westfield Stratford is a highly desirable retail environment; but high streets in neighbouring areas (Forest Gate, Leyton) are undesirable, because all the shoppers with money go to the big mall. Harrow Road in London got clobbered by the opening of the Wembley outlet mall. Stretford (Manchester) suffers from having the Trafford Centre down the road. In general, if you open a big mall, nearby high streets get overrun with nail bars and betting shops. That’s hardly news.

  6. As someone whose credit card recently acquired victim status, I’d like to share the following observation. Our local centre comercial is virtually 100% female orientated. The main shopping street of the city virtually the same. And it’s almost impossible to get the card’s oppressor to shop anywhere else. There has to be a critical mass of female orientated shops to set off a purchasing frenzy. Even the most amply stocked isolated shoe shop or boutique rarely gets a glance.. Nothing in them will find favour. Yet identical items will be snatched up in a full retail splurge.

  7. Some people actively avoid going to the big malls because they are big, badly laid-out and incredibly busy…

  8. @bis

    Knew a lady who worked in fashion retail and after a while set up her own boutique. Big failure. She figured later it was because she had set it up in an area with few competitors, so she assumed anyone wanting a dress in the local area would have to come to her. Dawned on her too late that it’s better to be next door to your rivals so that women doing a big clothes shop are actually going to hit that street (preferably in a spending mood).

  9. @Bloke on M4 May 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    +1 on Clarks sizing, if I order size 8 wide I know they’ll fit.

    Re: Docs & Dents

    What was the diagnosis – upper molar abscess pressure on nerve?

  10. “Re: Docs & Dents

    What was the diagnosis – upper molar abscess pressure on nerve?”

    Jaw pressing on Eustation

  11. @MBE
    Well known phenomenon. Works for most discretionary spending commodities or services. If you want to open a shoe shop, do so in the street with all the shoe shops. It’s where people go to buy shoes. See also Hatton Garden, City of London, for that matter

  12. @MBE & @BiS – Good example of the phenomenon is the Curry Mile in Manchester. Shop after shop of takeaways and Indian restaurants. Used to live there for a few years. Great for knowing that you want food, but not exactly thought out which. Can decide when you reach the place and browse from shop to shop.

  13. @MBE & @BiS @SBML

    Another example: Saville Row

    In City centre in City I’m in many restaurants congregate in several areas – chains in one, indys another; people wanting a meal know where to go – lesson is don’t avoid competition, compete.

    Small towns are often different as they may only support 1 or 2 whatevers.

  14. If you look at the names of streets in the City of London, each trade/category of merchants used to occupy one street each, with two of the larger streets (Cheapside and Eastcheap) occupied by markets – Bread Street, Milk Street, Bow Lane, Cloth Fair, Hosier Lane, Silk Street, Cutler Street, Cock Lane, Lamb’s Passage, Skinner Street, Fann Street, Limeburner Street, Coleman Street, Old Jewry (moneylending when usury was forbidden to Christians), Cornhill, Wormwood Street, Wood Street Garlick Hill, Stonecutter Street, Ropemaker Street, Camomile Street and several others (e.g. Ironmongers) that were destroyed in the Blitz and swallowed up in the Barbican redevelopment

  15. When I got married in Hong Kong, for the wedding fluffery we went to a shop on a street that was shop after shop of wedding fluffery, the name of the street translated I joked was Street Of Cunning Artificers.

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