Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shop shape

The poor state of retailing caused by excessive rents and rates is becoming more and more evident on the high street. Tacky temporary shops selling nothing of any note, are cropping up all over while long standing names disappear. As … Continue reading

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Outside bet

The growth in betting shops has not not stopped and while Woodley precinct (see photo) has two, Reading has no end of them. The next to arrive in the town centre is a new Ladbrokes but why when both it … Continue reading

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Over rated

Last Friday the last curry was served at the Gulshan in Station Hill after 21 years but what are the chances of its re-emergence? Owner Zahoor Raja has said he wants to relocate in the town centre but finds rent … Continue reading

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Good Ikea

With Sainsbury’s objections now satisfied, the last legal hurdle has been cleared for new Ikea store which, if timings remain on target, will be open in just over a year. Not only that but the derelict warehouses which have stood … Continue reading

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Yell for help

The new Yellow Pages seems to represent what is happening to the company which publishes it. As it shrinks to barely an A5 size pocket book, the debt-laden company exists as a pale shadow of its once-dominant self. The staff … Continue reading

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