Carphone confirms closure of its 11 UK Best Buy stores – so what went wrong?

Graham Soult

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5 Responses

  1. Tom Bowell says:

    It should be knocked down and rebuilt. Mothercare World gateshead looks like it is in the 20th century !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I saw it about 1 yr ago and it looked so old and tatty!

    • Graham Soult says:

      True, but I fear the “subject to consultation with our employees” qualifier is a hoop that the employer is obliged to jump through, rather than something that offers any real chance of a reprieve…

  2. Jonny says:

    Never realised how dilapidated the poor old Children’s World unit looks, really needs rebuilding or at the very least a lick of paint in-keeping with this century!

    Is the lease coming up or were/are Mothercare looking to pull out?

    Dixons unquestionably played this superbly; it’s been obvious for years that Currys and PC World should be brought closer together, not just in terms of the marketing/backroom savings but the maintenance of two autonomous brands retailing a near identical product range made no sense and only confused customers.

    I worry about Comet. Much like Argos, they’re no longer perceived to be competitive in their pricing and their big rebrand seemed hopelessly misguided in its juvenile nature.

    As Best Buy/Carphone discovered, I’m not sure there’s room in the market for an inferior Currys clone alongside the supermarkets, Amazon and the wider, cut-throat internet sphere.

  1. February 15, 2012

    […] any retailer – even in more amenable economic times, and even for big US names such as the now-departed Best Buy – it’s heartening to see Clas Ohlson seemingly sticking it out for the long haul. […]

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