Jump to content
Manx Forums, Live Chat, Blogs & Classifieds for the Isle of Man
hissingsid

High Street gloom

Recommended Posts

The High Streets are having a bad time so we are told, and the constant sales seem to be proof. So why cannot the freevpromenade parking continue until Easter and give the shops and shoppers a bit of a boost people beould still use Markies and Chester street is dreadful, not built for modern day vehicles spaces far too narrow.   Just a thought.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you think leaving the parking spaces there will deter people from online shopping? I'd hazard a guess that the problem is there and not lack of parking

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are in Bavaria atm in a town just a little smaller than Douglas.There is ample parking on the streets and in car parks and the the shops are still not busy and are closing down at a fast rate.

Not just a British thing. The internet it the cause. Here 70% of non food stuff is bought online, but I am not convinced that is such a bad thing.

I am sure somebody will put me right on that.;)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dilli, sorry to see, from your latest photo, that you're not too good at the mo. Perhaps a little less vodka and the local beer with your Bratwurst?

Everyone, just lay off Dilli for a while.

''    Here 70% of non food stuff is bought online, but I am not convinced that is such a bad thing.    ''. Depends if you are a shop worker or not?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The shops which sell stuff people don't buy online seem to be doing fine. Imagine trying to buy lunch online. Or even just a coffee. It would be even slower than Starbucks.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, dilligaf said:

Not just a British thing. The internet it the cause. Here 70% of non food stuff is bought online, but I am not convinced that is such a bad thing.

I am sure somebody will put me right on that.;)

 

It's a terrible thing. Many high street retailers offer an important value-add service, whether it's being able to try on clothes, or try a musical instrument, or listen to hi-fi components, or seek advice about camera models etc. etc.  before you buy.  Peoples desire to save money buy buying online from large discounters is understandable, but when folk have made their purchase decision by first inspecting and trying goods at a local retailer they should buy local, otherwise these shops go out of business and we lose the facility and our neighbours and friends lose their jobs. 

Peter Norris closed down a few days ago. There endeth the last proper music shop on the island. Yes, it's a very bad thing. 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
14 minutes ago, Kopek said:

Dilli, sorry to see, from your latest photo, that you're not too good at the mo. Perhaps a little less vodka and the local beer with your Bratwurst?

Everyone, just lay off Dilli for a while.

''    Here 70% of non food stuff is bought online, but I am not convinced that is such a bad thing.    ''. Depends if you are a shop worker or not?

I tried to find my original avatar to please PK, but that pic is on my pc back home. Can’t find the same pic and as I am only on an iPad, I don’t know how to change things

“edit to add"...........thanks K for your concern, but I am very well, just another year older.

Edited by dilligaf
  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, craggy_steve said:

 

 

Peter Norris closed down a few days ago. There endeth the last proper music shop on the island. Yes, it's a very bad thing. 

i wonder who else lost with that event?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, craggy_steve said:

It's a terrible thing. Many high street retailers offer an important value-add service, whether it's being able to try on clothes, or try a musical instrument, or listen to hi-fi components, or seek advice about camera models etc. etc.  before you buy.  Peoples desire to save money buy buying online from large discounters is understandable, but when folk have made their purchase decision by first inspecting and trying goods at a local retailer they should buy local, otherwise these shops go out of business and we lose the facility and our neighbours and friends lose their jobs. 

hifi components?

It more about choice and convenience. Rather than being especially about saving money.

Niche and boutique businesses do just fine despite the internet. But I'm not sure I would trust the advice of anyone who would deliberately compete with the internet for what the internet does better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The planned development on the Trafalgar site, south quay, includes a couple of shops!

These would have to be niche/specialist to have any chance of success? All the way out there!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Kopek said:

The planned development on the Trafalgar site, south quay, includes a couple of shops!

These would have to be niche/specialist to have any chance of success? All the way out there!!!

Decent sandwiches and coffee maybe. Perhaps a sit down place which opens in time for breakfast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, WTF said:

i wonder who else lost with that event?

Lost count the number of times I visited that shop in the vain hope of buying something. To be fair to Ken though, his battle with internet sales was one he admitted he couldn’t win

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The high street as we know it is dying at a very fast rate, however, if towns diversify their town centres/high street with artisan, specialist, coffee, cafe, boutique shops with entertainment and things to look at I'm sure it'll do fine. The main problem with Douglas is that it doesn't have a town built around a square as such so it'll need to be pretty inventive as most, if not all coastal towns suffer in the autumn and winter. It'll take someone or some people collectively to work together to be creative and come up with a brand new use for Douglas, something unique and indeed all the other towns of the Isle of Man.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, pongo said:

Decent sandwiches and coffee maybe. Perhaps a sit down place which opens in time for breakfast.

It's still in the wrong direction for office n shops though?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...