PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 July 2019 Richard Cornwell Campaigners outside Marks and Spencer in Felixstowe on it's final day of trading in the town. Left to right: Roy Gray, Ann Whimhurst, Mike Titchener, Daphne Mann, and Margaret Morris Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant Closure of the M&S store in Felixstowe is being blamed for a big drop in customers and trade in the town centre - leading some shops to close early. Mike Titchener encouraged people to cut up their Marks and Spencer loyalty cards as the company pulled out of the town Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCommunity leaders are so concerned at the turnaround in fortunes for local traders that they are to ask East Suffolk Council to allow free parking on Saturday afternoons to attract more shoppers - and are willing to offer the district authority up to £6,000 compensation for loss of revenue.M&S closed its Felixstowe store in April despite protests from council leaders, businesses and 8,000 people … [Read more...] about Shops closing early and drop in customers blamed on M&S closure
Questionnaire shopping habits
My closet is stuffed with dresses that will look amazing on me in my fantasy life — the one featuring a calendar chock full of cocktail parties, visits to art museums, or literally anything that isn’t just taking my kids to school. In real life, all those dresses still have their tags on. Dozens of times a day, I pull out my iPhone and scroll through Instagram and blogs, then scour the web for the best prices. When I have a little extra cash, I head straight to “wish lists” and hit “add to cart.” I shop when I’m down, or angry, feeling unappreciated (which, as the parent of two small children, is often). I want to stop, I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t. When purchases arrive, I stuff them deep in my closet, out of sight, and often out of mind, pretending they were there all along. My friend Sarah Lucas suffers from this habit, too. We recently made a pact to go two months without shopping. We lasted two days. Sarah’s even … [Read more...] about Why we shop and shop and shop
Poll PUBLISHED: 16:35 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:35 09 March 2019 Suzanne Day Shoppers in Ipswich town centre on Saturday afternoon - do you still shop on your local high street? Picture:SUZANNE DAY Suzanne Day It’s been a bleak year for the High Street, with stores closing and warnings issued by retailers. But today we ask – how are your shopping habits changing, and what influences them? High Street retailers suffered their worst February in a decade. The figures were announced this week – just days after Debenhams, which has stores in Suffolk and Essex, caused concern by issuing a profit warning.Despite a unseasonably warm February fashion retailers also struggled with in-store sales dropping by 3.5%.Debenhams isn’t the only high street retailer that is struggling. Paperchase, which has stores in Colchester, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds has recently announced it will be closing a small number of shops across the country. … [Read more...] about Do you still shop on the high street?
Michael Liedtke and Joseph Pisani, Ap Business Writers Updated 1:10 pm PST, Friday, February 8, 2019 This Nov. 14, 2018, photo shows the Standard Cognition cashier-less store on Market Street in San Francisco. Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in other stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. less This Nov. 14, 2018, photo shows the Standard Cognition cashier-less store on Market Street in San Francisco. Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first ... more Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 This Nov. … [Read more...] about Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines
PUBLISHED: 13:33 28 December 2018 Jessica Hill HMV Ipswich Picture: Jessica Hill Archant With it’s distinctive logo of a dog peering into a gramophone, HMV is an iconic, much-loved British brand that has managed to weather economic storms for almost 100 years. HMV Ipswich Picture: Jessica HillThe first HMV-branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921. But now, the future of the company looks bleak for its 130 stores - including those in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Chelmsford - as HMV is appointing administrators amid a cash crisis.A staff member at the HMV store in the Sailmakers Shopping Centre in Ipswich said that employees there had been given the bad news this morning. “We were really shocked, we hadn’t expected it at all. Customers have been remarking on it all morning - not all of them have been nice.”Kevin Clark, who works for an agricultural company mending tractors and lives with … [Read more...] about Do you still shop at HMV? We discuss changing shopping habits