Jobs under threat as Worcester branch of Homebase set to close

Worcester News: Jobs threat with home improvement store Homebase set to shut branch Jobs threat with home improvement store Homebase set to shut branch

ABOUT 30 jobs are at risk after a home improvement store and garden centre announced it will close one of its Worcester branches.

Homebase will shut its Bath Road store in St Peter's, Worcester, on Saturday, April 19 when the store's lease expires following a consultation with colleagues over the past few weeks.

The brand is owned by the Home Retail Group, who also run Argos and Habitat along with a range of credit and insurance products via their Financial Services arm.

However, the affected employees could be taken on at one of a number of sister stores in the city.

A Homebase spokesman said: "We remain committed to serving the Worcester area. With our stores in Elgar Retail Park and Hylton Road, and three other stores in Worcester at our sister company Argos.

"Discussions are taking place with affected colleagues to identify alternative working opportunities where possible."

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3:28pm Tue 11 Mar 14

saucerer says...

Sad news about the job losses, I hope they find new employment soon.

As for who'll be occupying the site next, I wouldn't be surprised if a discount supermarket like Aldi or Lidl become the next tenants. They'd give Tesco a run for their money and with no discount store in that part of Worcester at the moment, I suspect Aldi or Lidl would do quite well. It's also a prime site for a supermarket, with minimal changes required. Unlike the proposed Waitrose store on London Road.
Sad news about the job losses, I hope they find new employment soon. As for who'll be occupying the site next, I wouldn't be surprised if a discount supermarket like Aldi or Lidl become the next tenants. They'd give Tesco a run for their money and with no discount store in that part of Worcester at the moment, I suspect Aldi or Lidl would do quite well. It's also a prime site for a supermarket, with minimal changes required. Unlike the proposed Waitrose store on London Road. saucerer
  • Score: 20

3:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

Too small for a B&Q unfortunately,
Too small for a B&Q unfortunately, Hwicce
  • Score: 12

4:47pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Andy_R says...

We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks. Andy_R
  • Score: 25

6:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

larryking28 says...

Worcester only ended up with 3 Homebase stores when they bought up what remained of Texas Homecare back in the kate 90s
In this day an age 3 stores in Worcester was always overkill and the Bath Road store seems to be the one to have suffered as a result.
The store was in a much better location and easier to get to than either of the others.
Blackpole store is being refitted,shame that money wasnt spent on Bath Road instead.
Worcester only ended up with 3 Homebase stores when they bought up what remained of Texas Homecare back in the kate 90s In this day an age 3 stores in Worcester was always overkill and the Bath Road store seems to be the one to have suffered as a result. The store was in a much better location and easier to get to than either of the others. Blackpole store is being refitted,shame that money wasnt spent on Bath Road instead. larryking28
  • Score: 5

7:57pm Tue 11 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going... PrivateSi
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Tue 11 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

For DIY stuff I thought most people used Screwfix or Toolstation these days. The prices are certainly a lot better.
There are also much better Garden Centres, my choice being Davids Nursery at Martin Hussingtree.
For most of the other things they sell there is also plenty of competition from the likes of Dunelm Mill.
For DIY stuff I thought most people used Screwfix or Toolstation these days. The prices are certainly a lot better. There are also much better Garden Centres, my choice being Davids Nursery at Martin Hussingtree. For most of the other things they sell there is also plenty of competition from the likes of Dunelm Mill. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

8:24pm Tue 11 Mar 14

CJH says...

PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
[quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi! CJH
  • Score: 6

8:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

wr5resident2 says...

What a shame - it is nice to have a DIY store within walking distance of St.Peters estate. We do need someone to think about cutting car travel.
What a shame - it is nice to have a DIY store within walking distance of St.Peters estate. We do need someone to think about cutting car travel. wr5resident2
  • Score: 0

8:29am Wed 12 Mar 14

reflector says...

Homebase are opening a new store in Bromsgrove next month. The staff could be transferred there.
Homebase are opening a new store in Bromsgrove next month. The staff could be transferred there. reflector
  • Score: 0

11:07am Wed 12 Mar 14

MJI says...

Andy_R wrote:
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef.

As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.[/p][/quote]The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef. As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team MJI
  • Score: 2

11:10am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hillbilly1 says...

Hwicce wrote:
Too small for a B&Q unfortunately,
Is it too small? It seems bigger than the B&Q in Malvern , the old Focus. I won't miss Homebase, it moved from being a DIY to being a home furnishings shop, and was too overpriced for that. Screwfix and ToolSation have both got their number for DIY and Dunelm Mill and Homesense have their number for home furnishings.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Too small for a B&Q unfortunately,[/p][/quote]Is it too small? It seems bigger than the B&Q in Malvern , the old Focus. I won't miss Homebase, it moved from being a DIY to being a home furnishings shop, and was too overpriced for that. Screwfix and ToolSation have both got their number for DIY and Dunelm Mill and Homesense have their number for home furnishings. Hillbilly1
  • Score: 3

11:15am Wed 12 Mar 14

MJI says...

CJH wrote:
PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
Was it a Focus or a Do-It-All in Tallow Hill before they demolished it?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi![/p][/quote]Was it a Focus or a Do-It-All in Tallow Hill before they demolished it? MJI
  • Score: 0

11:15am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hillbilly1 says...

MJI wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef.

As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team
.........then the Little Chef shut down because it was so poor! no surprise there! Anyway I heard that The Range was opening there.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.[/p][/quote]The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef. As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team[/p][/quote].........then the Little Chef shut down because it was so poor! no surprise there! Anyway I heard that The Range was opening there. Hillbilly1
  • Score: 1

11:28am Wed 12 Mar 14

larryking28 says...

I beleive most staff from Bath Road are going to Blackpole or Hylton Rd with the remainder taking redundancy.
Bromsgrove is a bit far for some people and with the store at Redditch closing as well staff from there will more than likely get first dibs at Bromsgrove.
As for what is replacing the store at Bath Rd no one yet knows,the landlords are keeping tight lipped but if it is a significant change of use from it currently is then it is my understanding it has to go through a change of use.
If that is the case there will have to be something announced somewhere.
Toolstation etc have there place but some people who only do the odd bit of DIY find such places a bit intimidating and prefer the softer approach of DIY stores.
I beleive most staff from Bath Road are going to Blackpole or Hylton Rd with the remainder taking redundancy. Bromsgrove is a bit far for some people and with the store at Redditch closing as well staff from there will more than likely get first dibs at Bromsgrove. As for what is replacing the store at Bath Rd no one yet knows,the landlords are keeping tight lipped but if it is a significant change of use from it currently is then it is my understanding it has to go through a change of use. If that is the case there will have to be something announced somewhere. Toolstation etc have there place but some people who only do the odd bit of DIY find such places a bit intimidating and prefer the softer approach of DIY stores. larryking28
  • Score: 3

11:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

CJH wrote:
PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi![/p][/quote]didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern? liketoknow
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

CJH says...

liketoknow wrote:
CJH wrote:
PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern?
B & Q I think
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi![/p][/quote]didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern?[/p][/quote]B & Q I think CJH
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I just love browsing round Wilkinson, when I asked a manager whty they were not in Worcester she said that the rents were far too high and would obviously reflect on prices, and make them less attractive to shoppers.
But I would welcome them at Bath road.
Whilst recognising how Homebase came to Worcester, they did make an application to change the use of Hylton Road (then owned by Sainsbury) into a Sainsbury Supermarket, but the then Labour CO-OP councillors ruled this out, possibly to protect the CO-OP in St Johns.
Sadly Worcester has at a cost to the public become controlled by just a few big named Stores, which over the years, have forced many small businesses to close, and not just by prices but by offering ONE STOP SHOPPING.
As an example go to Homebase, and wander around trying to find a staff member in a particular department, or pop into Worthingtons Ombersley Road which is an Alladins Cave and a staff who will advise or just pass the Time of day.
I just love browsing round Wilkinson, when I asked a manager whty they were not in Worcester she said that the rents were far too high and would obviously reflect on prices, and make them less attractive to shoppers. But I would welcome them at Bath road. Whilst recognising how Homebase came to Worcester, they did make an application to change the use of Hylton Road (then owned by Sainsbury) into a Sainsbury Supermarket, but the then Labour CO-OP councillors ruled this out, possibly to protect the CO-OP in St Johns. Sadly Worcester has at a cost to the public become controlled by just a few big named Stores, which over the years, have forced many small businesses to close, and not just by prices but by offering ONE STOP SHOPPING. As an example go to Homebase, and wander around trying to find a staff member in a particular department, or pop into Worthingtons Ombersley Road which is an Alladins Cave and a staff who will advise or just pass the Time of day. Jabbadad
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

julie allsopp says...

It's going to be a branch of The Range group...
It's going to be a branch of The Range group... julie allsopp
  • Score: 3

10:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

DarrenM says...

MJI wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef.

As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team
Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.[/p][/quote]The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef. As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team[/p][/quote]Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now. DarrenM
  • Score: 1

10:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

DarrenM says...

MJI wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef.

As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team
Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.[/p][/quote]The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef. As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team[/p][/quote]Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now. DarrenM
  • Score: 0

12:01am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Good news Julie since the range at Kidderminster is a nice store.
Good news Julie since the range at Kidderminster is a nice store. Jabbadad
  • Score: 3

12:05am Thu 13 Mar 14

RobertR says...

Homebase is dreadful!.
Poor quality goods from the far east. Most purchases you have to return as defective
The shop smells of awful scented candles.
It's like a downmarket Poundland diy.
Homebase is dreadful!. Poor quality goods from the far east. Most purchases you have to return as defective The shop smells of awful scented candles. It's like a downmarket Poundland diy. RobertR
  • Score: -3

9:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

MJI says...

CJH wrote:
liketoknow wrote:
CJH wrote:
PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern?
B & Q I think
I found toilet flush syphons were substanstially cheaper at B&Q.
.
TBH they were much better when they were Texas.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi![/p][/quote]didn't Wilkinson take over the one at Malvern?[/p][/quote]B & Q I think[/p][/quote]I found toilet flush syphons were substanstially cheaper at B&Q. . TBH they were much better when they were Texas. MJI
  • Score: 3

9:46am Thu 13 Mar 14

MJI says...

DarrenM wrote:
MJI wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.
The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef.

As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team
Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now.
And those Bks were always busy.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: We could really do with a B&Q to give Homebase less of a stranglehold on the city. Worcester has always seemed a bit odd with 3 Homebases and no B&Q, 3 McDonalds no Burger King and 437 Costas and no Starbucks.[/p][/quote]The Burger King was dumpy and shut down, the one at Wychbold was great but was shut down to give Little Chef more room, not realising most people were stopping for Burger King than Little Chef. As to Starbucks, I prefered Dirk Benedict in the A Team[/p][/quote]Actually all the Burger Kings in Worcestershire which opened in Little Chefs were closed, never found out why. I believe the only ones in the county are at Motorway Services now.[/p][/quote]And those Bks were always busy. MJI
  • Score: 0

11:27am Thu 13 Mar 14

CJH says...

RobertR wrote:
Homebase is dreadful!.
Poor quality goods from the far east. Most purchases you have to return as defective
The shop smells of awful scented candles.
It's like a downmarket Poundland diy.
"Most purchases you have to return as defective" Most purchases? Really? Why do you keep shopping there then? I've been using this Homebase for over twenty years, and can't recall ever having to return anything.
[quote][p][bold]RobertR[/bold] wrote: Homebase is dreadful!. Poor quality goods from the far east. Most purchases you have to return as defective The shop smells of awful scented candles. It's like a downmarket Poundland diy.[/p][/quote]"Most purchases you have to return as defective" Most purchases? Really? Why do you keep shopping there then? I've been using this Homebase for over twenty years, and can't recall ever having to return anything. CJH
  • Score: 1

11:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

CJH says...

MJI wrote:
CJH wrote:
PrivateSi wrote:
I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...
Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi!
Was it a Focus or a Do-It-All in Tallow Hill before they demolished it?
Do-it-all I remember being there, but may also have been Focus later on.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the workers but not the overpriced, poor choice Homebase stores... TBH I though Sainsbury's still owned them going by the high prices... There's more competition in EVESHAM, than Worcester, DIY-store-wise... Yeah, B&Q, Focus if they're still going...[/p][/quote]Focus went into administration nearly 3 years ago. Keep up PrivateSi![/p][/quote]Was it a Focus or a Do-It-All in Tallow Hill before they demolished it?[/p][/quote]Do-it-all I remember being there, but may also have been Focus later on. CJH
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I think it was Do-It All which was originally in Lowesmoor. And the manager at Tallow Hill was Brian Bower who you could always approach for advice and was a really nice man.
I think it was Do-It All which was originally in Lowesmoor. And the manager at Tallow Hill was Brian Bower who you could always approach for advice and was a really nice man. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Jabbadad is right about Worthington's being an excellent shop. The same could also be said about Probert's in the Tything.
It seems that Aladdin has two caves, both on the same side of Worcester.
Jabbadad is right about Worthington's being an excellent shop. The same could also be said about Probert's in the Tything. It seems that Aladdin has two caves, both on the same side of Worcester. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes new kid on the block, I agree.
Yes new kid on the block, I agree. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

10:08am Fri 14 Mar 14

MJI says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I think it was Do-It All which was originally in Lowesmoor. And the manager at Tallow Hill was Brian Bower who you could always approach for advice and was a really nice man.
I have bought a lot from there!

Sad day when it closed

Do It All - thanks for reminding me
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I think it was Do-It All which was originally in Lowesmoor. And the manager at Tallow Hill was Brian Bower who you could always approach for advice and was a really nice man.[/p][/quote]I have bought a lot from there! Sad day when it closed Do It All - thanks for reminding me MJI
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

is there such a thing as a proper hardware or DIY shop selling stuff at sensible prices. Jeynes was the last one I remember
is there such a thing as a proper hardware or DIY shop selling stuff at sensible prices. Jeynes was the last one I remember liketoknow
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Fri 14 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

reflector wrote:
Homebase are opening a new store in Bromsgrove next month. The staff could be transferred there.
They have been advertising jobs at the Blackpole site?? Why if these people are losing their jobs. Surely they should have first refusal??
[quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: Homebase are opening a new store in Bromsgrove next month. The staff could be transferred there.[/p][/quote]They have been advertising jobs at the Blackpole site?? Why if these people are losing their jobs. Surely they should have first refusal?? lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Sat 15 Mar 14

daffy says...

i don't have any sympathy (when the employed have sympathy for the unemployed who are struggling to survive on benefits and would like to work then maybe i will) for the workers as i doubt they'll end up unemployed - they'll probably get offered jobs at the other stores or be offered jobs by whoever takes over - rumors already rife as to who that will be.
i don't have any sympathy (when the employed have sympathy for the unemployed who are struggling to survive on benefits and would like to work then maybe i will) for the workers as i doubt they'll end up unemployed - they'll probably get offered jobs at the other stores or be offered jobs by whoever takes over - rumors already rife as to who that will be. daffy
  • Score: -6

10:50pm Sat 15 Mar 14

daffy says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I just love browsing round Wilkinson, when I asked a manager whty they were not in Worcester she said that the rents were far too high and would obviously reflect on prices, and make them less attractive to shoppers.
But I would welcome them at Bath road.
Whilst recognising how Homebase came to Worcester, they did make an application to change the use of Hylton Road (then owned by Sainsbury) into a Sainsbury Supermarket, but the then Labour CO-OP councillors ruled this out, possibly to protect the CO-OP in St Johns.
Sadly Worcester has at a cost to the public become controlled by just a few big named Stores, which over the years, have forced many small businesses to close, and not just by prices but by offering ONE STOP SHOPPING.
As an example go to Homebase, and wander around trying to find a staff member in a particular department, or pop into Worthingtons Ombersley Road which is an Alladins Cave and a staff who will advise or just pass the Time of day.
i lived in st johns at the time and it was nothing to do with protecting the co op, if i remember correctly i think it was something to do with accessibility of the delivery lorries plus it used to flood quite badly too
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I just love browsing round Wilkinson, when I asked a manager whty they were not in Worcester she said that the rents were far too high and would obviously reflect on prices, and make them less attractive to shoppers. But I would welcome them at Bath road. Whilst recognising how Homebase came to Worcester, they did make an application to change the use of Hylton Road (then owned by Sainsbury) into a Sainsbury Supermarket, but the then Labour CO-OP councillors ruled this out, possibly to protect the CO-OP in St Johns. Sadly Worcester has at a cost to the public become controlled by just a few big named Stores, which over the years, have forced many small businesses to close, and not just by prices but by offering ONE STOP SHOPPING. As an example go to Homebase, and wander around trying to find a staff member in a particular department, or pop into Worthingtons Ombersley Road which is an Alladins Cave and a staff who will advise or just pass the Time of day.[/p][/quote]i lived in st johns at the time and it was nothing to do with protecting the co op, if i remember correctly i think it was something to do with accessibility of the delivery lorries plus it used to flood quite badly too daffy
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8:37am Sun 16 Mar 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Hopefully those who lose their jobs will find work (maybe at the new Waitrose? if the plans are passed) Given the site is in relative isolation - I rather think it will go to housing!
Hopefully those who lose their jobs will find work (maybe at the new Waitrose? if the plans are passed) Given the site is in relative isolation - I rather think it will go to housing! imustbeoldiwearacap
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11:15am Sun 16 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

daffy at the time of the application that particular site was not affected by the floods. However befor the flood defences were put in place the sites further along Hylton Road (the Old Smiths Market) past the bridge were in the Red Zone and prone to flooding and carried additional planning requirements such as Flood sinks, automatic pumps, etc. When an application went in for another Supermarket on the now wonderful, UnIversity Arena Site it was refused even though flood defences had been included, but it was still in the red zone. With the completion of the Bund and other flood defences the situation is different.
However in those days having been involved in the local political scene I can assure you that the CO-OP(and I am still a CO-OP shopper and pleased it's still there, a lovely store and more user friendly than Sainsbury) had a considerable influence on the ruling labour group. That's how things work
Like others I hope that the staff at bath Road can be re-located in the other two Worcester Homebase Stores.
They will certainly have more opportunities than the suggested 50% (over 1500) losing their jobs at County Hall.
daffy at the time of the application that particular site was not affected by the floods. However befor the flood defences were put in place the sites further along Hylton Road (the Old Smiths Market) past the bridge were in the Red Zone and prone to flooding and carried additional planning requirements such as Flood sinks, automatic pumps, etc. When an application went in for another Supermarket on the now wonderful, UnIversity Arena Site it was refused even though flood defences had been included, but it was still in the red zone. With the completion of the Bund and other flood defences the situation is different. However in those days having been involved in the local political scene I can assure you that the CO-OP(and I am still a CO-OP shopper and pleased it's still there, a lovely store and more user friendly than Sainsbury) had a considerable influence on the ruling labour group. That's how things work Like others I hope that the staff at bath Road can be re-located in the other two Worcester Homebase Stores. They will certainly have more opportunities than the suggested 50% (over 1500) losing their jobs at County Hall. Jabbadad
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