New Shops Coming To The Town Centre

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Just got to love the forum that allows people to try and get the last word in...............
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Now as for shops - I don't know of any new ones at the moment

Sadly it seems to be more closing
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OLDMAN wrote: 15 Dec 2017 08:18 Now as for shops - I don't know of any new ones at the moment

Sadly it seems to be more closing
.... and at the Woodley shopping precinct it was Clinton’s that closed and Card Factory that are often heaving .... but there was a “posh” card shop further on and I don’t know if that’s still open as I so rarely went in and don’t know anyone else who did ....
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ReadingT wrote: 30 Nov 2017 19:00I’m looking forward to Byron if and when that opens too.
Based on this report, I suspect that they won't be, alas.
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Laura_Eva wrote: 14 Dec 2017 22:43 If you graduate from uni with a sensible maths, science, engineering degree (which is so easy nowadays, its like a HNC used to be) then you will be guaranteed a decent job in Reading. If the degree is from a proper red brick Uni, then oil companies start engineering graduates on £30k.

I don't know about finance and banking salaries, but guess they could be about the same for top graduate entry.

But try finding these entry level jobs outside the SE. Let alone Teesside where industry has been left to die by successive governments. Only Aberdeen recruits at sensible salary in my industry north of London, and its a volatile see-saw based on oil price.

If you fail to understand how broken our country is, with endemic poverty balancing a questionable privilege in a few centres like Reading and London where high salaries cannot mitigate crazy rents and unaffordable property prices.
Sorry to come back to this but your graduate salaries are to put it bluntly - rubbish. The figured given by the unis are all useless as all done to the same methodology - 6 mths after graduation grads are sent a survey asking if in stable work and if so what salary - the unis know (and admit openly) that those in good roles wanting to brag are far more likely to reply and thus they get a skewed set of stats, but as all use the same methodology no one uni can do it another way. But even on those figures (https://www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_project ... tes_do.htm) 6 mths after graduation average salaries of graduates employed full-time in the UK was £21,776.

From personal experience i would say Reading starting salaries for most grads from a BA, BSc, BEng is c £25k and no more (For example the big 4 accountants all pay about that to starting grads in the Thames Valley outside London - it rises as you pass exams)
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ReadingBiker wrote: 09 Jan 2018 23:45 Sorry to come back to this but your graduate salaries are to put it bluntly - rubbish....
To be fair, she did say, "...oil companies start engineering graduates on £30k" (my emphasis), which is not IME unusual. Indeed you may get nearly double that in Norway which sounds great for a UK graduate. Then you go out for a beer in Stavanger...

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but i don't think there are any Oil companies in Reading anymore - didnt expro pretty much move out of Reading. And over the past few years with the low Oil prices Oil companies and associated engineering firms have been shedding rather than growing staff numbers
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True, not in Reading, although there are some commutable oil service companies. Although oil companies have laid off a lot of operational exploitation staff, they're big enough (and sensible enough) to keep R&D going, and one good thing about the pound being weak is that it makes us cheap.

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Does anybody have any idea what is happening at the end of the Oracle where Waterstones used to be? Seems to be some reconfiguration going on. Apologies if info is elsewhere on this forum.
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ChrisA2 wrote: 10 Jan 2018 16:12 Does anybody have any idea what is happening at the end of the Oracle where Waterstones used to be? Seems to be some reconfiguration going on. Apologies if info is elsewhere on this forum.
It's understood it'll be Next, relocating from Broad Street
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/proper ... k-12254448
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ChrisA2 wrote: 10 Jan 2018 16:12 Does anybody have any idea what is happening at the end of the Oracle where Waterstones used to be? Seems to be some reconfiguration going on. Apologies if info is elsewhere on this forum.
The former Waterstones unit will be combined with the quiet part of the mall adjacent to Yield Hall Lane. And then this will be connected to the upper floor in the Upper Mall. That's probably why there is a whole section of the Upper Mall which has been boarded up roughly where PC World used to be.

Source of this info is from the planning application for this, on the council website.
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Thanks Peterson & Ash.
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There are web sites that tell how to make store business inquiries. Maybe you can use it.
https://www.wikihow.com/Apply-for-a-Job
and
jobapplicationonline.co.uk
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The proposal for a container based development next to the Broad Street Mall has now been approved:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-42649291
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Here's a piece I've written on the latest state of Reading's retail. The footfall figures, perhaps unsurprisingly, show contrasting fortunes at either end of Broad Street.
http://readingonthames.com/2018/02/12/r ... ad-street/
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I think those footfall figures could be explained at least in part by the fact that Primark has moved from West Street to where BHS used to be.

There is now basically no reason to go to West Street for anything.

There isn't much in Friar Street these days other than Sainsburys which is going to close down, and some bus stops.
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And I wonder how Next and River Island's move from Broad Street will impact footfall.
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would the council be able to compulsury purchase a large part of the town centre to allow it to be redeveloped properly, knowing that retail trends are undergoing a massive change a wholesale redevelopment of the town centre would be a good idea, introducing a design guide for shop exteriors and the town centres street furtiture, once all sorted out wholesale l could be sold on for a profit.
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ash wrote: 15 Feb 2018 00:24 And I wonder how Next and River Island's move from Broad Street will impact footfall.
I understand that there are going to be some substantial rent rises for a lot of the units in and around Broad Street, which probably won't help things.
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monsento wrote: 17 Feb 2018 16:14would the council be able to compulsury purchase a large part of the town centre to allow it to be redeveloped properly,
Probably not.
1. Where is the very substantial amount of money to do this going to come from? It's not like the council is currently rolling in billions of surplus cash. (as well as the substantial purchase and compensation costs, there would also be the not insubstantial costs of establishing and staffing a council department to run (or at least oversee) all this development work).
2. The council would need to demonstrate to the government there is a "compelling case in the public interest" - just doing it in order to tart the place up wouldn't have a hope of getting through.
monsento wrote: 17 Feb 2018 16:14knowing that retail trends are undergoing a massive change a wholesale redevelopment of the town centre would be a good idea, introducing a design guide for shop exteriors and the town centres street furtiture, once all sorted out wholesale l could be sold on for a profit.
What do you mean by "a design guide for shop exteriors"? Unless the exterior is listed building, or contravenes legislation on health and safety or public decency etc, the owner or leaseholder can do what they want with it? Any idea to try to regulate shopfronts would probably be viewed as stifling free-trade, and would certainly be anathema to the current national administration.
As for the street furniture, that is already in the council's bailiwick, so I think it's reasonable to assume they're probably quite happy with it as it is - or they don't have the money to change it.
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peterson wrote: 13 Feb 2018 08:29 Here's a piece I've written on the latest state of Reading's retail. The footfall figures, perhaps unsurprisingly, show contrasting fortunes at either end of Broad Street.
http://readingonthames.com/2018/02/12/r ... ad-street/
Thanks for sharing, that was an interesting and informative analysis.

I hope the council recognize the symptoms and encourage things at the West side of the town. It seems that when an area of a town centre ends up with a few empty units and starts to slide, it's hard to get it back up again. Attracting a couple of well known retailers (or making things attractive to some independent retailers) would be good. I hope the pop up containers by Broad Street Mall will be successful, they seem like a good little incubator for small businesses who might then move into Broad Street.
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This summaries some of the new changes in the Oracle
https://www.hammerson.com/media/press-r ... l-line-up/
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peterson wrote: 13 Feb 2018 08:29 Here's a piece I've written on the latest state of Reading's retail. The footfall figures, perhaps unsurprisingly, show contrasting fortunes at either end of Broad Street.
http://readingonthames.com/2018/02/12/r ... ad-street/
The West end of Broad Street having a few changes...

Artigiano - rebranded to Broad Street Bar and Kitchen with changes inside and upstairs
Chopstix - new fast food restaurant serving stir fry (looks to be similar to Wok to Walk which is coming to the riverside)
Nationwide - moving to 51 Broad Street
Polish Supermarket/deli - opening next to the old Primark on West Street (where the £ shop used to be)
Another retail unit opposite Clas Ohlson is being worked on
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bert wrote: 09 Apr 2018 14:50
peterson wrote: 13 Feb 2018 08:29 Here's a piece I've written on the latest state of Reading's retail. The footfall figures, perhaps unsurprisingly, show contrasting fortunes at either end of Broad Street.
http://readingonthames.com/2018/02/12/r ... ad-street/
The West end of Broad Street having a few changes...

Artigiano - rebranded to Broad Street Bar and Kitchen with changes inside and upstairs
Chopstix - new fast food restaurant serving stir fry (looks to be similar to Wok to Walk which is coming to the riverside)
Nationwide - moving to 51 Broad Street
Polish Supermarket/deli - opening next to the old Primark on West Street (where the £ shop used to be)
Another retail unit opposite Clas Ohlson is being worked on
Footlocker is moving from Broad Street Mall to Broad Street. That may well be the unit opposite Clas Ohlson.
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Let's hope Footlocker is much better when it moves. The shop is so small where it is, they can't have too much stock in. Plus trying to order anything from them on-line is laughable.
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Lots of shoe shops down that end of the street so makes sence for Footlocker to move.

Any news on the old Primark site?
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Apparently there are plans to convert the basement, ground floor and first floor of the old Broad St Mall Argos store into five units "for a mix of leisure, restaurant and retail uses."

http://tvproperty.co.uk/news/new-leisur ... rgos-store
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Oh good, more betting shops and coffee shops.
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C.A.Versham wrote: 04 Jun 2018 17:33 Oh good, more betting shops and coffee shops.
Given the way the betting industry has been moaning doom and gloom about the massive reduction in maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals, I can't see that industry extending more at the moment. Clearly we're looking at more nail bars and vape shops here.
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Regrettably these useless places do also seem to be proliferating. I noticed in W.H.Smiths today that they now sell "Vapes". These were advertised with a sign that " Vapes Rocks". I always understood that rocks were crack cocaine. So maybe Smiths are now trying to increase their profits in other ways
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Reading through the article / proposals yes 2 could be coffee shops or cafes but the rest are far too large to become betting shops

They are mentioning ‘’ Possible D2 uses include cinemas, concert halls, bingo halls, casinos, dance halls and swimming pools, ice rinks and gyms.’’

It looks to be mostly aimed at leisure stuff with one retailer
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Oh no!!! You should not have told me that I have a Skechers addiction.
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I suspect some of the independent shops, especially those along Kings Road, Duke Street etc will struggle to stay aloft so it'll be interesting to see what happens to those units.
TBH there are SO many coffee shops in the town centre
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After the Olympics success surely time for a skateboard park in Friar Street?
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