Jobs threat as Comet enters administration

Daily Echo: Comet on the brink of administration Comet on the brink of administration

SCORES of Hampshire jobs are under threat as electricals chain Comet is poised to enter administration.

Comet’s management confirmed to staff this morning that it plans to enter administration next week.

The company's demise, which is expected to be confirmed later, is one of the biggest high street failures in recent years, putting 6,000 jobs at risk.

Restructuring specialist Deloitte has reportedly been lined up for the administration and will begin by attempting to secure buyers for the company's 240 stores, including six in Hampshire.

Comet was bought for a nominal £2 by investment firm OpCapita earlier this year but has been unable to secure the trade credit insurance needed to safeguard suppliers.

The move raises the prospect of a pre-Christmas rush for discounted stock as the administrator looks to wind down supplies and raise cash for creditors.

Comet's reported collapse is one of the biggest since the demise of Woolworths in 2008 and comes a month after the failure of JJB Sports. Other recent casualties have included Clinton Cards, Blacks Leisure, Game and Peacocks.

The high street electricals market in the UK has come under huge pressure as cash-strapped shoppers put off purchases of big-ticket items such as TVs and large appliances and online rivals take a bigger slice of the sector.

America's Best Buy recently pulled the plug on 11 giant electricals stores, including one in Hedge End, after failing to make inroads into the UK market.

Comet was founded in 1933 by George Hollingbery in Hull as Comet Battery Stores Limited - a two-man business charging batteries and accumulators for customer wireless sets. The company moved into the radio rental business and by 1939 had 2,500 accounts.

The first Comet superstore opened in Hull in 1968 and the company was listed two years later, before being acquired by Kingfisher for £129 million in 1984. Comet then acquired Norweb Retail and increased its store portfolio to more than 250 nationwide in 1996.

It demerged from Kingfisher in 2003, with Comet and its sister electrical companies throughout Europe forming a new group known as Kesa Electricals.

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9:53am Thu 1 Nov 12

Frank28 says...

Another Christmas present for 6000 people who work for another failing Chain, leading to more empty shops on our High Streets and retail parks. Will the Coalition do anything to save these jobs? They haven't done much to save the jobs at Ford.
Another Christmas present for 6000 people who work for another failing Chain, leading to more empty shops on our High Streets and retail parks. Will the Coalition do anything to save these jobs? They haven't done much to save the jobs at Ford. Frank28

9:57am Thu 1 Nov 12

sotonbusdriver says...

It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation... sotonbusdriver

10:13am Thu 1 Nov 12

davehills says...

Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs.

Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly.

I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman.

Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund.

I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing.

So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".
Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs. Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly. I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman. Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund. I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing. So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!". davehills

10:27am Thu 1 Nov 12

ohec says...

After the customer service i received in Comet i bought a fridge/freezer a washer/dryer an oven and hob a microwave and a toaster all in the last two years and all online not just because of how rude the shop staff were but i never got a reply from my e/mail to head office complaining about the staff and their rudeness, yes everything was a little cheaper online but i am prepared to pay a little more to support local stores/jobs the staff should be told that from little acorns big oak tree's grow.
After the customer service i received in Comet i bought a fridge/freezer a washer/dryer an oven and hob a microwave and a toaster all in the last two years and all online not just because of how rude the shop staff were but i never got a reply from my e/mail to head office complaining about the staff and their rudeness, yes everything was a little cheaper online but i am prepared to pay a little more to support local stores/jobs the staff should be told that from little acorns big oak tree's grow. ohec

10:28am Thu 1 Nov 12

8089 says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though! 8089

11:19am Thu 1 Nov 12

Georgem says...

Not everything can be blamed on government cuts, unfortunately. The high street has been feeling the impact of online shopping for quite a while now, this is not a new phenomenon.

Quite what "the coalition" can do about a failing business model, is anyone's guess. I suppose they could pass a law that requires everyone to spend a minimum of £400 each at Comet this week, but I don't fancy their chances.
Not everything can be blamed on government cuts, unfortunately. The high street has been feeling the impact of online shopping for quite a while now, this is not a new phenomenon. Quite what "the coalition" can do about a failing business model, is anyone's guess. I suppose they could pass a law that requires everyone to spend a minimum of £400 each at Comet this week, but I don't fancy their chances. Georgem

11:28am Thu 1 Nov 12

Georgem says...

davehills wrote:
Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs.

Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly.

I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman.

Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund.

I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing.

So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".
This actually happened, everyone! Shop staff routinely assault customers! Honestly!
[quote][p][bold]davehills[/bold] wrote: Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs. Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly. I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman. Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund. I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing. So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".[/p][/quote]This actually happened, everyone! Shop staff routinely assault customers! Honestly! Georgem

12:21pm Thu 1 Nov 12

davehills says...

I would say 'assault' is too strong a word as that implies injury took place, which it certainly didn't.

'Threat of violence' is what took place.
I would say 'assault' is too strong a word as that implies injury took place, which it certainly didn't. 'Threat of violence' is what took place. davehills

1:09pm Thu 1 Nov 12

elvisimo says...

davehills wrote:
Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs. Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly. I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman. Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund. I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing. So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".
- someone get me some matchsticks for my eyes.
[quote][p][bold]davehills[/bold] wrote: Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs. Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly. I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman. Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund. I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing. So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".[/p][/quote]- someone get me some matchsticks for my eyes. elvisimo

1:15pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Brusher Mills says...

Online retailing and supermarkets like Tescos are the reason for the failing high street. People want things cheap, quickly without the effort. Times are changing.
Online retailing and supermarkets like Tescos are the reason for the failing high street. People want things cheap, quickly without the effort. Times are changing. Brusher Mills

1:34pm Thu 1 Nov 12

mellowdude says...

We can't moan about the demise of the high street, when its our choice to go for cheap and convenient ways of shopping such as online and out of town.
We can't moan about the demise of the high street, when its our choice to go for cheap and convenient ways of shopping such as online and out of town. mellowdude

1:54pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Lone Ranger. says...

davehills wrote:
Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs.

Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly.

I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman.

Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund.

I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing.

So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".
davehills .......I dont know how long Comet in West Quay has been close but you holding a grudge for this length of time really is unhealthy.
.
Go on ..... find it in your soul to forgive and ....... move on
[quote][p][bold]davehills[/bold] wrote: Obviously very,very concerned for 5999 people who may lose their jobs. Personally, I have not shopped @ Comet for many years after a bad experience buying a telly. I bought a TV from their West Quay store (Now closed) purely on the basis of promises made by the salesman. Got the set home and it turned out he blatantly lied about the spec of the set and it didn't do what it was supposed to. Returned the set to the store and was refused a refund. I protested and was dragged to one side by the very same salesman who threatened me with violence if I didn't leave!! Subsequent complaint to head office was ignored so I was on a hiding to nothing. So..I'm sincerely very sorry for 5999 of the workers but to the guy at the West Quay store can I just say "Ha ha ha!".[/p][/quote]davehills .......I dont know how long Comet in West Quay has been close but you holding a grudge for this length of time really is unhealthy. . Go on ..... find it in your soul to forgive and ....... move on Lone Ranger.

2:03pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Georgem says...

davehills wrote:
I would say 'assault' is too strong a word as that implies injury took place, which it certainly didn't.

'Threat of violence' is what took place.
Assault doesn't imply injury at all. That would be 'battery'. What you described, if it happened, is most definitely assault.

Of course, if it happened, it certainly isn't as simple as you're making it out to be. But that's another matter.
[quote][p][bold]davehills[/bold] wrote: I would say 'assault' is too strong a word as that implies injury took place, which it certainly didn't. 'Threat of violence' is what took place.[/p][/quote]Assault doesn't imply injury at all. That would be 'battery'. What you described, if it happened, is most definitely assault. Of course, if it happened, it certainly isn't as simple as you're making it out to be. But that's another matter. Georgem

2:14pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Georgem says...

mellowdude wrote:
We can't moan about the demise of the high street, when its our choice to go for cheap and convenient ways of shopping such as online and out of town.
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]mellowdude[/bold] wrote: We can't moan about the demise of the high street, when its our choice to go for cheap and convenient ways of shopping such as online and out of town.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Georgem

2:15pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Linesman says...

8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
[quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power. Linesman

2:53pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Timsey says...

Sad to see another store go and just before Christmas is always a bad time.

I was there the other day, only three customers but seemed to be plenty of staff
None of them seemed be bothered to see if I needed any help.

Blaming it on line sales and purchasing from online - if you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted
Sad to see another store go and just before Christmas is always a bad time. I was there the other day, only three customers but seemed to be plenty of staff None of them seemed be bothered to see if I needed any help. Blaming it on line sales and purchasing from online - if you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted Timsey

3:00pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Georgem says...

Timsey wrote:
Sad to see another store go and just before Christmas is always a bad time.

I was there the other day, only three customers but seemed to be plenty of staff
None of them seemed be bothered to see if I needed any help.

Blaming it on line sales and purchasing from online - if you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted
"If you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted"

Not quite sure what that has to do with the stores closing.
[quote][p][bold]Timsey[/bold] wrote: Sad to see another store go and just before Christmas is always a bad time. I was there the other day, only three customers but seemed to be plenty of staff None of them seemed be bothered to see if I needed any help. Blaming it on line sales and purchasing from online - if you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted[/p][/quote]"If you get a problem not so easy to get it sorted" Not quite sure what that has to do with the stores closing. Georgem

3:08pm Thu 1 Nov 12

freefinker says...

Linesman wrote:
8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
.. we have been through all this before, haven't we?

NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person"

She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms.

She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.[/p][/quote].. we have been through all this before, haven't we? NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person" She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms. She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that. freefinker

3:22pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Linesman says...

freefinker wrote:
Linesman wrote:
8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
.. we have been through all this before, haven't we?

NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person"

She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms.

She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that.
That's OK then. As long as she did not changethe boundaries - the desired effect was the same though.

I seem to recall that she was chared with gerrymandering, whether or not that was the literal meaning of the word, and she suddenly found that life in Israel was preferable to life in London.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.[/p][/quote].. we have been through all this before, haven't we? NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person" She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms. She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that.[/p][/quote]That's OK then. As long as she did not changethe boundaries - the desired effect was the same though. I seem to recall that she was chared with gerrymandering, whether or not that was the literal meaning of the word, and she suddenly found that life in Israel was preferable to life in London. Linesman

5:01pm Thu 1 Nov 12

freefinker says...

Linesman wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Linesman wrote:
8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
.. we have been through all this before, haven't we?

NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person"

She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms.

She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that.
That's OK then. As long as she did not changethe boundaries - the desired effect was the same though.

I seem to recall that she was chared with gerrymandering, whether or not that was the literal meaning of the word, and she suddenly found that life in Israel was preferable to life in London.
.. no, NOT charged with gerrymandering but abuse of public funds, i.e. the costs associated with moving the plebs out of marginal wards and moving toffs in - to make them safe seats for the Tories. The District Auditor initiated the action – not the Electoral Commission.

Sorry to be pedantic.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.[/p][/quote].. we have been through all this before, haven't we? NO, she wasn't found guilty of gerrymandering - "when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people within that area who will vote for a particular party or person" She changed NO ward borders. What she did do was “social cleansing” – arranging for the social mix of existing ward to be redistributed to the electoral advantage of the Tories. That is NOT gerrymandering, as the definition above clearly confirms. She was an evil old bat though; I think we can both agree on that.[/p][/quote]That's OK then. As long as she did not changethe boundaries - the desired effect was the same though. I seem to recall that she was chared with gerrymandering, whether or not that was the literal meaning of the word, and she suddenly found that life in Israel was preferable to life in London.[/p][/quote].. no, NOT charged with gerrymandering but abuse of public funds, i.e. the costs associated with moving the plebs out of marginal wards and moving toffs in - to make them safe seats for the Tories. The District Auditor initiated the action – not the Electoral Commission. Sorry to be pedantic. freefinker

5:35pm Thu 1 Nov 12

8089 says...

Linesman wrote:
8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
........And?.......M
akes no difference.....Soton
busdriver was trying to blame the present government...I merely answered his strange rant about the UK being a 'country of shopkeepers' and how it's all this governments fault.....Can't blame this lot for allowing supermarkets to destroy the small retailers. Remember Lord Sainsbury and his huge donations to the Labour party and Mr Tesco Terry Leahy being Gordon Brown's business advisor?

Labour clearly played their part!
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.[/p][/quote]........And?.......M akes no difference.....Soton busdriver was trying to blame the present government...I merely answered his strange rant about the UK being a 'country of shopkeepers' and how it's all this governments fault.....Can't blame this lot for allowing supermarkets to destroy the small retailers. Remember Lord Sainsbury and his huge donations to the Labour party and Mr Tesco Terry Leahy being Gordon Brown's business advisor? Labour clearly played their part! 8089

5:47pm Thu 1 Nov 12

8089 says...

Well freefinker, we can certainly blame Labour for 'abuse of public funds' too......

Tax and spend!

...And for allowing too many migrants here, thus getting more Labour votes!
Well freefinker, we can certainly blame Labour for 'abuse of public funds' too...... Tax and spend! ...And for allowing too many migrants here, thus getting more Labour votes! 8089

5:59pm Thu 1 Nov 12

freefinker says...

8089 wrote:
Well freefinker, we can certainly blame Labour for 'abuse of public funds' too......

Tax and spend!

...And for allowing too many migrants here, thus getting more Labour votes!
.. but not taken to court, found guilty and fled the country.

Well, maybe John Stonehouse - but not in that order.
[quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: Well freefinker, we can certainly blame Labour for 'abuse of public funds' too...... Tax and spend! ...And for allowing too many migrants here, thus getting more Labour votes![/p][/quote].. but not taken to court, found guilty and fled the country. Well, maybe John Stonehouse - but not in that order. freefinker

9:29pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Linesman says...

8089 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
8089 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,,
This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...
...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over!


Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though!
Just a reminder 8089.

Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.
........And?.......M

akes no difference.....Soton

busdriver was trying to blame the present government...I merely answered his strange rant about the UK being a 'country of shopkeepers' and how it's all this governments fault.....Can't blame this lot for allowing supermarkets to destroy the small retailers. Remember Lord Sainsbury and his huge donations to the Labour party and Mr Tesco Terry Leahy being Gordon Brown's business advisor?

Labour clearly played their part!
But the supermarkets were already a fact of life before Blair and Brown arrived on the scene.

Are you suggesting that they should have made a law banning supermarkets, and only permitting local shops to be opened?

Get in touch with reality.
[quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It is about time this Government call for a re-election, as it seems most people, and business have lost faith in their ability to help GB recover,,, This was a Country, of shopkeepers, soon it will be a Third World nation...[/p][/quote]...Thank Labour for that. They let the supermarkets take over! Also, Comet were over priced and the service was appalling and why go there when items are a LOT cheaper on the net?....Though![/p][/quote]Just a reminder 8089. Lady Porter, the daughter of the founder of Tesco was the Tory leader of Westminster Council who was found guilty of gerrymandering. Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway were all around before Labour came to power.[/p][/quote]........And?.......M akes no difference.....Soton busdriver was trying to blame the present government...I merely answered his strange rant about the UK being a 'country of shopkeepers' and how it's all this governments fault.....Can't blame this lot for allowing supermarkets to destroy the small retailers. Remember Lord Sainsbury and his huge donations to the Labour party and Mr Tesco Terry Leahy being Gordon Brown's business advisor? Labour clearly played their part![/p][/quote]But the supermarkets were already a fact of life before Blair and Brown arrived on the scene. Are you suggesting that they should have made a law banning supermarkets, and only permitting local shops to be opened? Get in touch with reality. Linesman

9:30pm Thu 1 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Got too big too quick, lol. 1933-2012. Must say their customer service was c.rap. I was in one of their stores many moons ago and the sales assistant very loudly told a potential customer that there were several CCJ's at their address and there was no way they would get any credit, nice eh?
Got too big too quick, lol. 1933-2012. Must say their customer service was c.rap. I was in one of their stores many moons ago and the sales assistant very loudly told a potential customer that there were several CCJ's at their address and there was no way they would get any credit, nice eh? bazzeroz

11:03pm Thu 1 Nov 12

MGRA says...

Comet is/was a joke. Anyone who thought they could survive in this century was deluded. I always knew more about the products that the sales staff did and have not purchased from Comet for over 15 years. Its nothing to do with cameron or brown. Its just a sh1t chain of shops with badly trained staff, over priced products and no focused identity..
Comet is/was a joke. Anyone who thought they could survive in this century was deluded. I always knew more about the products that the sales staff did and have not purchased from Comet for over 15 years. Its nothing to do with cameron or brown. Its just a sh1t chain of shops with badly trained staff, over priced products and no focused identity.. MGRA

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