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End of an era as John Lewis closes in Barkers Pool in Sheffield City Centre
Often spoken about as the heart of Sheffield City Centre, John Lewis (previously Cole Brothers) will not be here anymore

Did you shop here?

 

 

 

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lysandernovo

In the 1970/80s I did most of my non-food shopping there and even obtained a price reduction on a fridge... under their "We will not be beaten" policy. A very sad day for the City when John Lewis announced the closure of "our" Cole Bros.! Why did I stop shopping there one might ask? The answer being a long dose of joblessness and I never regained the habit of nipping into Cole Bros for whatever I wanted.🤔

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DaveJC

I along with many more gave up on Sheffield City Centre ages ago, so we’re all complicit in it’s demise. The last major purchase we made from JL was a washer dryer on-line, I much prefer Richer Sounds for TV/Audio, where I park outside and receive good service along with similar/longer guarantees to JL’s.

IMHO JL got very blasé about it’s superiority in all areas, which is very difficult when they suffer from historic city centre positioning, I have an idea that M&S have noticed that their shoppers have changed from suburban visitors to inner city residents, I’ve not set foot in Waitrose for a couple of years or so, which is a testament to how high it is on my favoured store list.

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tozzin

It was an iconic store but to be honest I couldn’t afford to shop there, their prices were way out of earning capacity.

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DaveJC
12 hours ago, tozzin said:

It was an iconic store but to be honest I couldn’t afford to shop there, their prices were way out of earning capacity.

So much for their “Never Knowingly Undersold” pledge.

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tozzin

When shirts, trousers and other clothes were over £40 that was me back to Burtons.

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DaveJC
46 minutes ago, tozzin said:

When shirts, trousers and other clothes were over £40 that was me back to Burtons.

IMHO Burtons will not see 2022, my guess is that the large supermarkets along with the on-line guys is where the likes of you and I will purchase our clobber. The likes of Meadowhall will be amongst the last to fall, but fall they will, if folk have to go ‘out of town’ they are far more likely to visit small specialist stores on well run and policed sites, rather than yob land.

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tozzin

I’ve always dressed to what my income allowed but always, always smart, BUT I’ve always paid over £150 for my shoes as they give comfort through the day, the last pair I bought were a pair of dealer boots £250 and they will see me into the next life and beyond, buying cheap shoes just doesn’t work they last a year then you have to buy another pair, I bought my boots over ten years ago and due to looking after them properly they look almost new.

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MartinR

I heartily agree with you Tozzin.  I have size 6 shoes in length, but often need an 8 to get the width which is why I'd never buy a pair online.  However about 10 years ago I bought my first pair of Walkey's clogs and have never looked back.  I can wear them all day with no problems, I've even done a cardiac test on a treadmill running in clogs.  I do have a pair of conventional shoes somewhere (always leather soles and uppers so that your feet can breathe) but only wear them maybe once a year.

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tozzin
21 minutes ago, MartinR said:

I heartily agree with you Tozzin.  I have size 6 shoes in length, but often need an 8 to get the width which is why I'd never buy a pair online.  However about 10 years ago I bought my first pair of Walkey's clogs and have never looked back.  I can wear them all day with no problems, I've even done a cardiac test on a treadmill running in clogs.  I do have a pair of conventional shoes somewhere (always leather soles and uppers so that your feet can breathe) but only wear them maybe once a year.

I take a size 11, proper size 11 not the size they put on cheap shoes which are roughly two sizes smaller, a wise old man once told me, my dad actually, pay as much as you can for your shoes and your bed because if your not in one you are in the other so comfort is foremost.

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