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Hq gallery

On 31 Aug 2012 at 11:38am Artophile wrote:
What's happened to the HQ gallery? Just seems to have stuff piled up in it. Did someone buy it? What's it going to be? I thought it needed to have some kind of creative community use. Not good to have a purpose built gallery shut during artwave.
On 31 Aug 2012 at 11:55am Southover Queen wrote:
I think the owners went broke, Artophile. It's hard to make money running an art gallery, I suspect, so there isn't a big queue of wannabes out there to take it over.
On 31 Aug 2012 at 12:14pm Damien Hirst wrote:
The gallery was just a ruse by Martin Elliot to get planning permission for the building. Never stood a chance of surviving
On 31 Aug 2012 at 12:23pm Pleb wrote:
Let's face it, an art gallery was never going to survive in Lewes. It should have been a MacDonalds instead; at least that would have made a profit
On 31 Aug 2012 at 12:45pm jo wrote:
macDonalds is on its way they been looking to move into lewes for a long time geat news
On 31 Aug 2012 at 1:02pm Alex wrote:
It's a close thing but I'd rather have McDonalds than Wetherspoons in the court building
On 31 Aug 2012 at 1:22pm God Botherer wrote:
I want a Poundland NOW....
On 31 Aug 2012 at 2:34pm The Original Interested. wrote:
I used to think a Burger King or Maccy Ds would be good in Lewes as my grandchildren like that kind of thing.Now I am thinking Harvester or similar?
I heard from someone recently that Maccy Ds are opening in that old poundshop near Tescos garage.
Anyone else heard this? Would be a great spot would that....
On 31 Aug 2012 at 2:51pm Not My Real Name wrote:
I'm currently working on an interesting project which exposes Poundland.
It's a very clever company that sells slightly smaller jars, boxes, cartons, etc to fool customers - check the labels next time you visit, God Botherer.
Lots of the major brands have jumped into bed with them, printing 100% free, 3 for 2 labels on the boxes, which bend the truth in an unsavoury way.
They sell a load of 'phantom brands', which are all made by Poundland.
Their profits were up 50% last year, they have 400 stores and want to open another 600. They aren't the local, unprofessional pop up shops they'd have you believe. In case you didn't know, they are run by a massive American conglomerate who are ripping off the less fortunate amongst us Brits.
There's also an issue with some toys being unsafe.
You can get most stuff in Poundland just as cheap, if not cheaper, in many supermarkets.
On 31 Aug 2012 at 6:19pm Morrie wrote:
Here's an interesting article on Poundland for you to unpick Not from round here:

Check it out here »
On 1 Sep 2012 at 6:40am Boo Khaki wrote:
If it must be a burger restaurant Uncle Sam's seem to be a more local option - although I believe they are all franchises so an individual entrepreneurial type is probably required...
On 1 Sep 2012 at 6:48am Pervy Pete wrote:
I would like to see a Swedish Sauna. With all of the extras of course.
On 1 Sep 2012 at 3:22pm Csbs wrote:
If we are looking for blame , the scouts association would be the place to start ,csbs put a deal on the table. (230k) and would ave kept it as a community building for many uss but the S.A. Felt they needed the 400k , hence that's where we are today
On 4 Sep 2012 at 12:44pm brixtonbelle wrote:
Well the LDC and TC are not good at supporting the arts in any serious way, are they. Half of Artwave are existing shops and galleries, and the other half are mostly pretty average. Most visitors use it as an excuse for day out and nosing round other peoples houses, not to buy artwork.
The council closed the Thebes Gallery which was set up for community use with lottery funding and now use it for their HR dept. A great lost opportunity. I know someone was trying to buy the HQ gallery and use it for community use, but the cost and restrictions imposed by the terms of sale made it financially unviable.
Shame on the local councils involved.

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