Marlands cuts Mall in rebrand

Daily Echo: The Marlands in Southampton The Marlands in Southampton

THE new owners of the Mall Marlands shopping centre in Southampton are to change its name back to the title most shoppers remember it by.

The indoor shopping centre in Above Bar Street will revert back to the Marlands Shopping Centre – which it was known as for more than 20 years.

The rebranding comes after the centre was bought in August last year by Rockspring UK Value Fund, a property fund administered by London based Rockspring Property Investment Managers.

Previous owners the Mall sold a quartet of its shopping centres in a £136m deal to cut debt. It is now being run by The Other Retail Group, a specially created management company.

The new owners have pledged to improve the shopping centre and its retail offer, which has suffered since the opening of rival WestQuay and the tough retail environment during the recession.

New signs are being put up inside the shopping centre which will be relaunched at the end of the month with a new website.

Jackie Beazley, marketing manager at the Marlands Shopping Centre, said: “The vast majority of people still refer to the centre as the Marlands, and our new logo has been designed around the fact that we are at the centre of the community here in Southampton.

“This is an exciting time for us, as we are looking forward to working alongside our new owners to further improve the centre.”

The centre has 51 occupied units with five empty spaces.

The Mall Marlands was opened in 1991 by controversial tycoon Gerald Ronson as part of his Heron property empire. It was taken over by The Mall Corporation in 2004.

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1:10pm Mon 11 Apr 11

I8SKATES says...

Wait. So. It's still called the marlands right??

They need to change the shops. It's full of effin pikeys!
Wait. So. It's still called the marlands right?? They need to change the shops. It's full of effin pikeys! I8SKATES
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1:28pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Just A Voice says...

The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old
The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old Just A Voice
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1:34pm Mon 11 Apr 11

SpittingFire says...

Good. Glad the name is changing back. It's a mouthful; the Marlands Mall might have been better for the former holder, but regardless, this isn't the US anyway.
Good. Glad the name is changing back. It's a mouthful; the Marlands Mall might have been better for the former holder, but regardless, this isn't the US anyway. SpittingFire
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1:39pm Mon 11 Apr 11

MSK says...

I always thought it was called the Marlands.
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Still, a handy cut through from Above Bar to Asda, train/coach stations though.
I always thought it was called the Marlands. . Still, a handy cut through from Above Bar to Asda, train/coach stations though. MSK
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1:58pm Mon 11 Apr 11

StEmmosfire says...

as Homer Simpson once said: Green M&M, Blue M&M... they end up the same colour in the end.
as Homer Simpson once said: Green M&M, Blue M&M... they end up the same colour in the end. StEmmosfire
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2:15pm Mon 11 Apr 11

MGRA says...

marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....
marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like.... MGRA
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2:26pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Lone Ranger says...

MGRA wrote:
marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....
I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....[/p][/quote]I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines......... Lone Ranger
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2:31pm Mon 11 Apr 11

SpittingFire says...

John Sydenham wrote:
Quiet news day, perhaps?
Are you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham?
I can't have you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham.
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This news is significant, branding is important. In business you have to dress to impress and a shoddy job can pave the way for "effin pikeys"; according to I8SKATES.
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Equally, when you call yourself "The Other Retail Group", who knows what your own ethos is... seems they have a particular liking for the colour green on their website... Irish green.
[quote][p][bold]John Sydenham[/bold] wrote: Quiet news day, perhaps?[/p][/quote]Are you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham? I can't have you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham. . This news is significant, branding is important. In business you have to dress to impress and a shoddy job can pave the way for "effin pikeys"; according to I8SKATES. . Equally, when you call yourself "The Other Retail Group", who knows what your own ethos is... seems they have a particular liking for the colour green on their website... Irish green. SpittingFire
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2:37pm Mon 11 Apr 11

SpittingFire says...

MSK wrote:
I always thought it was called the Marlands.
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Still, a handy cut through from Above Bar to Asda, train/coach stations though.
@MSK - you're not the only one! Cutting through from Above Bar to the Civic Centre is a breeze via Matalan, and visa versa! That's all I use it for.
[quote][p][bold]MSK[/bold] wrote: I always thought it was called the Marlands. . Still, a handy cut through from Above Bar to Asda, train/coach stations though.[/p][/quote]@MSK - you're not the only one! Cutting through from Above Bar to the Civic Centre is a breeze via Matalan, and visa versa! That's all I use it for. SpittingFire
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2:59pm Mon 11 Apr 11

southy says...

Just A Voice wrote:
The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old
Aye your getting old all right, remembering the Hants&Dorset bus station and the Lord Luie pub on the corner, That must of been one of the shortest live pubs about.
[quote][p][bold]Just A Voice[/bold] wrote: The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old[/p][/quote]Aye your getting old all right, remembering the Hants&Dorset bus station and the Lord Luie pub on the corner, That must of been one of the shortest live pubs about. southy
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3:55pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Paramjit Bahia says...

southy wrote:
Just A Voice wrote: The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old
Aye your getting old all right, remembering the Hants&Dorset bus station and the Lord Luie pub on the corner, That must of been one of the shortest live pubs about.
Southy don't forget there was another pub called Windsor where most of the socialists used to get together after various meetings in town
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Freehold of the site was owned by the Council, good old Labour man Steve Sutherland ran a campaign to block this development, but during the dying days of Tory control they signed the deal to make sure that even after them the project will go ahead
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Surprisingly immediately after getting into power in 1984 Labour let down all of us who were supporting Sutherland by handing over even the Rose Gardens to the developers
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So saying one thing in opposition and doing complete opposite when in power is nothing new for right wingers within the Labour Party, only thing that has changed is that now as NuLabour unreliability, slipperiness dishonesty and opportunism has become their daily habit
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Hope when people will be voting soon they will keep that in mind.
Voting for any of the three main parties will end up with only one Thatcherite policy of cuts. Hope voters will support the candidates who are known for saying what they mean and meaning what they say, I mean those who are willing to face heaven or hell but will not compromise and will say absolutely no to cuts.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just A Voice[/bold] wrote: The Shopping centre where the Bus Station used to be,, that's how remember it,,,maybe I'm getting old[/p][/quote]Aye your getting old all right, remembering the Hants&Dorset bus station and the Lord Luie pub on the corner, That must of been one of the shortest live pubs about.[/p][/quote]Southy don't forget there was another pub called Windsor where most of the socialists used to get together after various meetings in town . Freehold of the site was owned by the Council, good old Labour man Steve Sutherland ran a campaign to block this development, but during the dying days of Tory control they signed the deal to make sure that even after them the project will go ahead . Surprisingly immediately after getting into power in 1984 Labour let down all of us who were supporting Sutherland by handing over even the Rose Gardens to the developers . So saying one thing in opposition and doing complete opposite when in power is nothing new for right wingers within the Labour Party, only thing that has changed is that now as NuLabour unreliability, slipperiness dishonesty and opportunism has become their daily habit . Hope when people will be voting soon they will keep that in mind. Voting for any of the three main parties will end up with only one Thatcherite policy of cuts. Hope voters will support the candidates who are known for saying what they mean and meaning what they say, I mean those who are willing to face heaven or hell but will not compromise and will say absolutely no to cuts. Paramjit Bahia
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4:50pm Mon 11 Apr 11

John Sydenham says...

SpittingFire wrote:
John Sydenham wrote:
Quiet news day, perhaps?
Are you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham?
I can't have you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham.
.
This news is significant, branding is important. In business you have to dress to impress and a shoddy job can pave the way for "effin pikeys"; according to I8SKATES.
.
Equally, when you call yourself "The Other Retail Group", who knows what your own ethos is... seems they have a particular liking for the colour green on their website... Irish green.
Well, I hadn't intend do, but it appears that is how it has been perceived by the editor of Pravda.
[quote][p][bold]SpittingFire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Sydenham[/bold] wrote: Quiet news day, perhaps?[/p][/quote]Are you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham? I can't have you rubbishing Mr Smith, Mr Sydenham. . This news is significant, branding is important. In business you have to dress to impress and a shoddy job can pave the way for "effin pikeys"; according to I8SKATES. . Equally, when you call yourself "The Other Retail Group", who knows what your own ethos is... seems they have a particular liking for the colour green on their website... Irish green.[/p][/quote]Well, I hadn't intend do, but it appears that is how it has been perceived by the editor of Pravda. John Sydenham
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5:22pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Pavo9 says...

"revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?
"revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary? Pavo9
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5:34pm Mon 11 Apr 11

MGRA says...

Lone Ranger wrote:
MGRA wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....
I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........
I was joking.....
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....[/p][/quote]I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........[/p][/quote]I was joking..... MGRA
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5:44pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Condor Man says...

The Marlands never stood a chance. When it opened Dunnes Stores were the anchor tenant and they were much like Primark are now. Over time low end of the market shops like Poundland, Shoezone and Savers have come in, alongside local and regional retailers like Hawkins Bazaar (arguably the best shop in the centre). It is only reasonably occupied because people walk through to ASDA. I went to the Bargate Centre today and it really was dead.
The Marlands never stood a chance. When it opened Dunnes Stores were the anchor tenant and they were much like Primark are now. Over time low end of the market shops like Poundland, Shoezone and Savers have come in, alongside local and regional retailers like Hawkins Bazaar (arguably the best shop in the centre). It is only reasonably occupied because people walk through to ASDA. I went to the Bargate Centre today and it really was dead. Condor Man
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6:02pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Scrutinizer says...

Pavo9 wrote:
"revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?
And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Pavo9[/bold] wrote: "revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?[/p][/quote]And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-) Scrutinizer
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6:19pm Mon 11 Apr 11

solomum says...

Pavo9 wrote:
"revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?
revert means to return to former condition/offer, so perhaps pavo9, you are the one who needs a dictionary
[quote][p][bold]Pavo9[/bold] wrote: "revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?[/p][/quote]revert means to return to former condition/offer, so perhaps pavo9, you are the one who needs a dictionary solomum
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6:27pm Mon 11 Apr 11

solomum says...

whoops! ignore my above comment, i read it wrong. Must have been having a blonde moment. sorry :/
whoops! ignore my above comment, i read it wrong. Must have been having a blonde moment. sorry :/ solomum
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6:30pm Mon 11 Apr 11

nikolai says...

It's only selling points are that it's a cut-thru route from Asda to the high street and that it has Costa Coffee and Shakeaways.

They have a had task ahead of them - renaming won't change the image as the image is the sum of all the shops, most of which are chavtastically cheap 'n' crap.

In a few years it will either be exactly the same, or it will have gone the way of the East St Centre (which apparently has only ever been kept open because it was linked to the neighbouring office block) and even that is now be redeveloped, finally.
It's only selling points are that it's a cut-thru route from Asda to the high street and that it has Costa Coffee and Shakeaways. They have a had task ahead of them - renaming won't change the image as the image is the sum of all the shops, most of which are chavtastically cheap 'n' crap. In a few years it will either be exactly the same, or it will have gone the way of the East St Centre (which apparently has only ever been kept open because it was linked to the neighbouring office block) and even that is now be redeveloped, finally. nikolai
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6:31pm Mon 11 Apr 11

nikolai says...

* hard* task ahead of them, re comment above
* hard* task ahead of them, re comment above nikolai
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6:49pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Pavo9 says...

Scrutinizer wrote:
Pavo9 wrote:
"revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?
And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-)
Sorry Scrutinizer, I shall correct my spelling and pronunciation forthwith! :)
[quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pavo9[/bold] wrote: "revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?[/p][/quote]And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-)[/p][/quote]Sorry Scrutinizer, I shall correct my spelling and pronunciation forthwith! :) Pavo9
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6:51pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Pavo9 says...

solomum wrote:
whoops! ignore my above comment, i read it wrong. Must have been having a blonde moment. sorry :/
No problem solomum, I have a few of those myself! :)
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: whoops! ignore my above comment, i read it wrong. Must have been having a blonde moment. sorry :/[/p][/quote]No problem solomum, I have a few of those myself! :) Pavo9
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6:57pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Scrutinizer says...

Pavo9 wrote:
Scrutinizer wrote:
Pavo9 wrote: "revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?
And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-)
Sorry Scrutinizer, I shall correct my spelling and pronunciation forthwith! :)
Ok pav! Mind you the pronunciation debate is sure to go on and on and...! I'll never forget how I got into trouble with a tourist office once, a few years ago now, for pronouncing Lewes "Looze"! Oh well...! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Pavo9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pavo9[/bold] wrote: "revert back"...really Mr Smith, don't you understand what revert means? You don't need to add "back"... I expect you say "reverse back/backwards" too...don't you have a dictionary?[/p][/quote]And don't YOU have a local dictionary handy?! The place is SPELT and pronounced RUMSEY! Foreigners... ;-)[/p][/quote]Sorry Scrutinizer, I shall correct my spelling and pronunciation forthwith! :)[/p][/quote]Ok pav! Mind you the pronunciation debate is sure to go on and on and...! I'll never forget how I got into trouble with a tourist office once, a few years ago now, for pronouncing Lewes "Looze"! Oh well...! ;-) Scrutinizer
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7:13pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Lone Ranger says...

MGRA wrote:
Lone Ranger wrote:
MGRA wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....
I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........
I was joking.....
So was i ...............I never take you seriously. ,,lol
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....[/p][/quote]I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........[/p][/quote]I was joking.....[/p][/quote]So was i ...............I never take you seriously. ,,lol Lone Ranger
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7:46pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Markmag says...

Bring back Max FM!
Bring back Max FM! Markmag
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7:49pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Scrutinizer says...

I remembers well when we used to get the ol' 36 owt to Tah-tton from the ol' 'ants and Dorset Bust station... Ah them were the dayz...
I remembers well when we used to get the ol' 36 owt to Tah-tton from the ol' 'ants and Dorset Bust station... Ah them were the dayz... Scrutinizer
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10:16pm Mon 11 Apr 11

MGRA says...

Lone Ranger wrote:
MGRA wrote:
Lone Ranger wrote:
MGRA wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....
I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........
I was joking.....
So was i ...............I never take you seriously. ,,lol
thanks a bunch... compared to some on here, I classify myself as "Yoda"...... ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: marlands is amazing. architecturally its the worse building in the city apart from the East Street monstrosity. It looks from the outside like a child lego house gone wrong. Inside, well, where do i start !? one of its anchor shops for many years was the "entertainer" , a toy shop chain run by a madman who banned the sale of Harry Potter toys in all his shops as he thought they were "the toys of the devil".... Also "the" anchor shop is a pond-feeder "department" store ( lol ) that sells t-shirts for 50p.... no sorry, MAJOR problems , a brand dusting won't fix it, bulldoze and build something new, like an indoor water-park with huge flumes, wave machines and the like....[/p][/quote]I started to take you seriously until i read the last three lines.........[/p][/quote]I was joking.....[/p][/quote]So was i ...............I never take you seriously. ,,lol[/p][/quote]thanks a bunch... compared to some on here, I classify myself as "Yoda"...... ;-) MGRA
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6:48am Tue 12 Apr 11

coyr1970 says...

The Marlands was my first construction project, back in the day it was a leading example of what shopping malls would be like but to be honest I haven't seen the place in the last 20 years
There is one feature wall in the building that used reclaimed bricks to keep the historical architecture which caused no end of problems
Hope they sort the Mall out and get some quality names in there
The Marlands was my first construction project, back in the day it was a leading example of what shopping malls would be like but to be honest I haven't seen the place in the last 20 years There is one feature wall in the building that used reclaimed bricks to keep the historical architecture which caused no end of problems Hope they sort the Mall out and get some quality names in there coyr1970
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9:09am Tue 12 Apr 11

Matt Probert says...

I like Marlands. It doesn't have unhealthy recirculated air playing hell with my sinuses, it does have some different shops. The lifts are fun. Perhaps if they lowered the rents they should attract more units?
I like Marlands. It doesn't have unhealthy recirculated air playing hell with my sinuses, it does have some different shops. The lifts are fun. Perhaps if they lowered the rents they should attract more units? Matt Probert
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10:38am Tue 12 Apr 11

Scrutinizer says...

Matt Probert wrote:
I like Marlands. It doesn't have unhealthy recirculated air playing hell with my sinuses, it does have some different shops. The lifts are fun. Perhaps if they lowered the rents they should attract more units?
The Marlands is ok. Nothing special but ok. What it needs is a decent middle of the price range cafe/restaurant and some better quality retail businesses, especially upstairs. I used to use the restaurant inside the entrance, opposite ASDA, though that only really served so, so, quality, even after a refurbishnent. Then a Polish guy operated the unit next door or next door but one. He did a decent enough bit of cake but again nothing special in there. But I absolutely refuse to use that cafe on the ground floor down by Matalan. They are way to expensive for what you get, which again is very ordinary. I can only imagine that it's the same ol' story of greed regarding rents on the part of the owners of these shopping centre. If Matalan ever moved out and no other business would be prepared to move into that space, then the whole place would wither and die, rather like what's happened to the appalling East Street Shopping Centre and the way the Bargate Shoping Centre is currently going.
[quote][p][bold]Matt Probert[/bold] wrote: I like Marlands. It doesn't have unhealthy recirculated air playing hell with my sinuses, it does have some different shops. The lifts are fun. Perhaps if they lowered the rents they should attract more units?[/p][/quote]The Marlands is ok. Nothing special but ok. What it needs is a decent middle of the price range cafe/restaurant and some better quality retail businesses, especially upstairs. I used to use the restaurant inside the entrance, opposite ASDA, though that only really served so, so, quality, even after a refurbishnent. Then a Polish guy operated the unit next door or next door but one. He did a decent enough bit of cake but again nothing special in there. But I absolutely refuse to use that cafe on the ground floor down by Matalan. They are way to expensive for what you get, which again is very ordinary. I can only imagine that it's the same ol' story of greed regarding rents on the part of the owners of these shopping centre. If Matalan ever moved out and no other business would be prepared to move into that space, then the whole place would wither and die, rather like what's happened to the appalling East Street Shopping Centre and the way the Bargate Shoping Centre is currently going. Scrutinizer
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10:40am Tue 12 Apr 11

Scrutinizer says...

And yet again Echo, I ask you, what have you done to the QUOTE facility?!!! Please fix it!
And yet again Echo, I ask you, what have you done to the QUOTE facility?!!! Please fix it! Scrutinizer
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11:45am Tue 12 Apr 11

pqp says...

Bring the bus station back.

My bus stop is at the rat infested area of Pound Tree Rd and that is not fun.

The other day I was waiting for the 9 bus and that big f. rat came to me to saying hello handsome
Bring the bus station back. My bus stop is at the rat infested area of Pound Tree Rd and that is not fun. The other day I was waiting for the 9 bus and that big f. rat came to me to saying hello handsome pqp
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