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New High Street store

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On 20 Nov 2015 at 8:45pm Mavis wrote:
So, we are getting a new store in the high street. Selling ladies wear, men's shoes and homeware bits and bobs. Not sure the locals will like the prices, but they have loads of branches in all the tourist traps, I mean towns.
I wonder if they'll be open in time for the sales ? Probably not by Black Friday though !
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On 20 Nov 2015 at 9:14pm Celine wrote:
If you mean Seasalt I'm surprised they think the customer base is large enough in Lewes considering the existing shops.
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On 20 Nov 2015 at 9:29pm Bongo wrote:
Just looked at their website, and thought they were a tad expensive. I've ordered 3 sweatshirts and a jumper from a store in Australia, and it comes to less than the price of just one of Seasalt's sweatshirts - and that's including shipping, too!
Might go in for inspiration, but absolutely wouldn't buy from them.
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On 20 Nov 2015 at 10:42pm Lewes30 wrote:
oh goody!! Another shop that only those earning a London wage can afford to shop in.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 7:48am John Silver wrote:
Talking of London and Lewes Shops - Steamer Trading is probably one of the earliest DFL shops,the owner arrived in Alfriston in the 70's I recall. Seasalt is from the West, how many locals there are going to buy their stuff ? If it doesn't work in Lewes they'll just go back to the internet selling. Arrgh Lewes be Treasure Island right enough.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 9:40am Celine wrote:
Seasalt only sells things made in the UK. They also support alot of Cornish causes, like an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery. So it will be more expensive as no cheapo sourcing from places like Bangladesh.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 9:45am resident wrote:
we should have a poundland or a primark , cater for other people for a change
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 11:04am John Silver wrote:
Thankee Celine I had no knowledge of that, I thought the goods were a'coming from Chinee. Where be that Bangle dash ? Doth yon Cornish pottery make stone half-ankers, I got some rum a distilling at home.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 11:52am Old Mayor wrote:
Just face it resident, there just aint enough people in our high street to support a pond shop, They would only manage to take fifty quid a day !!
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 12:11pm Old Mayor wrote:
Pound !! Bloody phone !!
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 12:49pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Seasalt make fabulous raincoats that are waterproof, warm and well made. They're no dearer than a decent coat from M&S. My friend has one and I'm very jealous of it!
Primark will only have stores in big towns, so anyone who wants to live near a Primark will have to move to Brighton or Eastbourne.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 2:08pm resident wrote:
Actually I think there would be quite a lot of people using a Poundland shop especially when we have the Premier Inn. Don't think you have to move to a town that has a Primark, there are buses and trains, my point was why can't we have a shop in Lewes that caters for "masses" not a small minority with plenty of money.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 2:23pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Because there aren't "masses" of people!
Cheap shops operate on high turnover and low margins. They can only be profitable where there are lots of people to generate the high turnover, and Lewes' 20,000 population simply isn't enough.
There wasn't enough business here to keep Next open, so not even low-midrange high street multiples would be interested.
High end shops (not that I regard Seasalt as high end, tbh) don't need to shift as much stock, which is why you find pricey boutiques in places like Lindfield and Mayfield.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 6:49pm Petal wrote:
Where in the high street will it be ?
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 7:17pm Celine wrote:
In the modern building on School Hill below where the Sussex Express offices used to be. It was renovated and two shp / restaurant areas created.
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On 21 Nov 2015 at 11:14pm Oldbutintouch wrote:
I understand that both tattooed policemen and illiterate teachers are great fans of pound land stores. Am I missing something?
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 6:47am Folks won't come wrote:
to Lewes because of the dire parking arrangements. Hailsham has free parking and unenforceable yellow lines too. It has Poundland and Waitrose. Tun. Wells has the Victoria precinct under cover. Forget Brighton and Eastbourne.
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 9:32am Chillipat wrote:
I've just looked at their website - it's all rather frumpy stuff!
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 9:38am Not impressed wrote:
I've just checked out their website - it's all pretty drab and frumpy stuff. Do we need yet another frumpy clothes shop in Lewes - the town that fashion forgot?
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 11:46am Hoo Ray wrote:
for another clothes shop
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 6:31pm Mimi wrote:
Lewes Fashion ? Those two words never appear together !!
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 7:12pm mr windy wrote:
i was told that Morrisons wanted it but the landlord didn't want a low cost supermarket he must shop at waitrose good to know the rich landlord who rents out more than one shop in high street gets to say what we have ....thanks mate
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 7:22pm Rogue landlord wrote:
...........There you go windy, some full stops for you. And try some charcoal tablets for your wind.
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 8:50pm Cliffe wrote:
Yep Mr Windy could do with trying some punctuation for size. He might even like it!
 
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On 22 Nov 2015 at 8:55pm Jamie Oliver wrote:
Are they taking the basement too, or will it be a restaurant ?
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On 23 Nov 2015 at 11:50am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Mr Windy, I was told that when Morrisons had to sell some of their stores to Waitrose, they had an agreement that neither would open a new store in towns where the other already had one, so I think you may have been told wrong.
This is why the people of Tunbridge Wells were so hacked off when they got a new Morrisons; they know they'll have a Waitrose now!
The only towns I know of where there are both stores are where they were both present before the sale of some of the ex-Safeways stores to Waitrose.


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