Blimey, this was still going?

It was quite the thing back in the day:

Spudulike closes all 37 outlets as high street downturn continues

16 thoughts on “Blimey, this was still going?”

  1. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    Spudulike was Wayne and Waynetta Slob’s baby daughter.
    I thought that that would have done for it.

  2. It joins other well-known names in the retail graveyard, including Poundworld, BHS, Maplin, Woolworths, Athena and Blockbuster, all of which have gone out of business in recent years.

    Tbf, these shops were all shite, certainly towards the end.

    Maplin used to be good, but couldn’t compete with Amazon and didn’t do itself any favours trying to flog toy drones, bafflingly expensive computer cables, and random crap nobody wanted.

    Woolies was quite good for shoplifting from the pick n mix, but the school truant crowd wasn’t enough to keep them in business.

    Nobody misses Blockbuster, or the strange-smelling independent video rental stores they drove out of business. I do sort of miss Bob Holness though. It was University Challenge for plebs.

  3. I have fond memories of baked tattle shops, which may perhaps have included that chain.

    We tried a high street pizza once – utter rubbish compared to a baked tattle with a filling of choice. I’d have thought that baked tatties should have done well in the southern half of the island where fish’n’chips tends to be so awful.

  4. thought it had gone long ago ! back in the early eighties in South Manchester as a trainee ACA – place kept me from living off pot noodle.

  5. Spudulike:

    I thought it closed many years ago.

    Going by “Chip Shop” leaflets through letterbox they sell fish etc plus burgers, pizza, kebabs, pasta, baked pots etc

    Like these random hits – I’m in EDI for Festival

    Jeepers! Seen yesterday: Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket £75 for restricted view seat

    £75 to sit in the rain at night for >two hours, no thanks – (No umbrellas – Umbrellas are not permitted to be used in the arena; Clothing – Wear clothing that will protect you from the Scottish weather. You may want to bring a hat, gloves and a blanket to stay warm. A poncho or raincoat is a good idea in case it rains), definitely no thanks.

  6. bafflingly expensive computer cables

    Yes, very true. I think their business model was selling iPhone charging cables to people who had lost theirs and couldn’t wait two days for one from Amazon.

    Talking of chains everyone thought was dead, I walked past a Coffee Republic the other day.

  7. @jgh

    You’ve been misinformed – probably your local newspaper or whatever meant “last wimpy in the region”? has a location finder – still quite a few going, mostly in southern England by the looks of it (and even there with big holes in central London, the West Country etc).

  8. Makes me wonder at what point having a franchise chain becomes pointless, and they might just be better to run as independent burger joints with more autonomy over menus to better suit local customers etc. Clearly Wimpy Central isn’t helping them on the advertising / marketing front if people don’t even know the chain still exists!

  9. jgh: ?? I saw the one that’s been on Felixstowe main street for yonks just a few days ago. They still have a website that says they have 66 in England, 4 in Scotland & 1 in Wales. I do wonder how they’ve survived in the face of McD & BK though.

  10. The Wimpy in Swanage looked like it was still open yesterday.

    But then Swanage is stuck in the 1950s, so they might just not have got the memo yet.

  11. In the ’80s Spudulike was owned by the splendid and sadly late Lord Jacobs, a Lib Dem peer who argued for lower taxes.

  12. @RichardT

    You’d not find a LimpDem advocating lower taxes now; even finding a Tory MP who does is difficult.

  13. Wimpy – my recollection was they rebranded as or were bought by BurgerKing when GrandMet bought Pillsbury (owner of BK) as all the Wimpy’s around here changed.

    Good to know I’ve been mostly correct

    In July 1977, Wimpy was acquired by United Biscuits. By the end of the 1980s, Wimpy was beginning to lose ground to McDonald’s, which had opened its first restaurant in the country in 1974, and so the new management of Wimpy began to streamline the business, by converting some of the traditional table service restaurants to counter service. When United Biscuits decided to divest its restaurant division in 1989, it sold the business to Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo). At the time of the sale, there were 381 locations in the United Kingdom. Grand Metropolitan had acquired Burger King the previous year, and it began to convert the counter service restaurants to Burger King since it had a greater global brand recognition.

    In February 1990, the remaining 216 table service restaurants were purchased by a management buyout, backed by 3i. These were locations that were considered less desirable by Grand Metropolitan. At the time of the buyout, there were also 140 franchised locations outside of the United Kingdom

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