The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby bearcub » 05 Feb 2013, 15:26

Lol, you're a charmer.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Puerto bella » 08 Feb 2013, 22:23

but i'm not anon.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 20 Feb 2013, 11:46

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?s ... 1591377881
I am very happy to announce that The 'Wild' Flower Shop found new premisses at 90 High Street, Portobello!
After feeling at bit lost in Windsor Place since Earthy have their long winter break, I thought it is time to move to a busier surrounding.
The estimated date for the opening of the new shop is the beginning of Spring the 20th of March.
Am looking forward to decorate the place. Had a great time today ripping off 20 layers of paint and wall paper.
I will keep you updated on the progress of giving The 'Wild' Flower Shop a new home.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 20 Feb 2013, 11:47

http://www.facebook.com/groups/27493323 ... 902254100/
Butternut Squash Is on the move!!!!

We are moving from 78 High Street to take over the old Dragon Way Restaurant in Bath Street.
Hopefully we will be open at the latest the 1st week in March depending on the redecorating etc. Business as usual in the meantime on the high street
We will still be concentrating on value for money
Hope to see you all there
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 20 Feb 2013, 11:48

Lidl are looking to open at the old Land Rover garage at the bottom of Portobello Road...

http://www.lidlcraigentinny.co.uk/
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Carrie-On-Regardless » 20 Feb 2013, 17:04

Hi

Does anyone know what will be moving into the soon to be vacant Blockbuster shop?

Just curious, thanks

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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby lg1726 » 20 Feb 2013, 17:41

I heard that Morrison had bought 49 of the Blockbusters to turn into their version of Sainsbury's local, but no idea if this one is included - they say that the deal will include three in Scotland.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby geofflynn » 21 Feb 2013, 13:11

Please also have your say on the LIDL news on Ask Porty --> http://porty.org.uk/lidl-coming-soon
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby fresian » 21 Feb 2013, 13:24

DC won't know which way to turn, although I reckon PAL has a better ring to it than PASL.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby thecrawfords » 21 Feb 2013, 16:57

Isnt the proposed Lidl site officially in Craigentinny? DC et al protesting to Lidl would be getting involved in a "cross border" issue.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby minnie1957 » 21 Feb 2013, 18:01

I hope we get the Lidl store, about time we had an affordable shopping experience within walking distance.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Sceptic » 21 Feb 2013, 19:54

Between Scotmid, Sainsburys and Lidl, there will be at last just a little competition.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Mark Cameron » 22 Feb 2013, 13:55

I have concerns about traffic congestion at an already extremelly busy junction at peak times. I wonder if they would (a) consider no customer parking onsite or (b) limit customer parking to non-peak times. Although there are only 48 parking places that won't stop more cars entering the tight car park than can be coped with and others queuing up behind them to get in thus stopping the normal flow of the traffic on Inchview.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby lg1726 » 22 Feb 2013, 14:59

I would imagine that Lidl will be required to cover the issue of traffic congestion, traffic access and parking as part of their planning application. If they are required to take steps to mitigate against any traffic related problems as a consequence of their proposal, then that could well improve the situation, something unlikely to happen without such motivation. I suspect that never mind who takes over that site, the traffic situation will have to be addressed and it maybe that is going to be the only way that any changes are going to be made - the developer has to pay the costs to make the necessary changes!!!
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby fresian » 22 Feb 2013, 15:15

That depends if a traffic impact analysis costs more than a broon envelope
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Sylvia » 22 Feb 2013, 18:31

Let's start a little survey:

What kind of retailers are missing on Portobello High Street?

What's your personal wish list???

1.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Sceptic » 23 Feb 2013, 15:56

There are plenty of retailers in Portobello, it's just that there is no competition.
Another Quality Butcher
Another Quality Greengrocer
Another Quality Fishmonger.
It's not that the present incumbents are not good, they are, it's just they have a virtual monopoly, unless you go to a Supermarket.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby bearcub » 24 Feb 2013, 14:31

Just like Sainsburys, I've nothing against Lidl "setting up shop", although don't think we'll see any PCA*** action groups this time with it officially being in Craigentinny.

The site is already starting to look a bit rundown, and it's not hard to see it getting a lot worse if left empty for much longer. We've already got an eyesore as a entry point to Portobello on the other side of the road, don't really want one on the other side.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby bearcub » 24 Feb 2013, 14:35

On the Butternut Squash news, I think it's a good move for them and they'll do well in Bath Street (more central, bigger premises) as well as being good replacements for Dragons Way. The only pity is that it will leave another empty unit at their old premises.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 28 Feb 2013, 14:10

Franck wrote:
minnie1957 wrote:We are also losing the florist in Brighton Place. Its sad to see so many shops failing because of lack of customers.... because that is the reason, customers have no spare cash left once shopping and bills have been paid. The small independant shops are having a very bad time of it at the moment.


That's going to be La Favorita, pending planning. Personally, I'm delighted :lol:

Planning application has been granted.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby fresian » 01 Mar 2013, 14:47

You mean DC didn't object to the overprovision of restaurants on Brighton Place??
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby lg1726 » 01 Mar 2013, 15:00

There were only 4 "comments" lodged on this apparently and none of the usual names included!!
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby tom nimmo » 07 Mar 2013, 17:12

I think the arrival of Lidl is fair enough and a good use of the site however, once Sainsburys is up and running there will be 3 supermarkets practically within sight of each other. How this can fail to have a negative impact on the High Street is beyond me and I hope Portobello doesn't end up with even more empty shops as a result. I probably would not use the new Lidl as trying to turn right out of the car park will be a bit risky and turning left to join the bypass will require the co-operation of motorists waiting at the lights so, if I feel the urge to enjoy the Lidl experience, I will nip up to Craigmillar. From where I live in Duddingston it's probably quicker to get to anyway.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 19 Mar 2013, 12:53

Westy is giving up supermarkets for 28 days, and he's blogging about it. Westy's from the Portobello area.
http://westywrites.wordpress.com/
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby jb5370 » 19 Mar 2013, 14:32

Woodwares closing end of April apparently. Not a huge amount of stock left already.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 21 Mar 2013, 21:58

Earthy to reopen April 13

https://twitter.com/earthyfoods/status/ ... 1539572736
Earthy Foods & Goods ‏@earthyfoods

@tjmbird @MaureenChild1 @talkporty Grand porty branch rejuvenation 13th April!! Just in time for the beginning of spring!
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Makaveli » 02 Apr 2013, 20:23

La Favorita have a sign up today that they are coming soon to Porty.

Believe it will be open in June.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby wangi » 11 Apr 2013, 09:03

This weekend is the Earthy re-opening; but they are open today, now (from 9am)

http://www.facebook.com/events/552973258059402/
Earthy food market is re-opening its doors from 9am Saturday 13th April

We're back! And with a bang...Saturday 13th April at 9am sees the start of the REGENERATION Relaunch Weekend at Earthy Portobello - and you are invited.

Your favourite 7 day indoor farmer's market is re-opening and to celebrate we will be hosting a weekend of family fun. You can meet the new management team, enjoy an Earthy BBQ and other delicious foodie delights. We have lots of other news we can't wait to share with you including the introduction of the Earthy Portobello branch of Vintage & Reclaimed, the family owned, furniture business specialising in the manufacture and direct supply of hand-made, reclaimed solid wood British furniture.

We will also have 100 free Earthy goody bags for our first 100 customers!

So spread the word - Earthy Portobello is back and REGENERATED!


https://twitter.com/Earthy_Porty/status ... 7935555584
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Earthy™ Portobello will be open today at 9am, come along and see the new look store. #EarthyPortobello
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby bearcub » 07 May 2013, 13:49

I see that the builders are in Woodwares today starting the renovations for the change to Sainsburys, and La Favorita have been doing renovations for the last week or so too.

There's a couple of interesting Georgian Arch windows that have been uncovered and are now visible at the back of Woodwares/Sainsburys. I never knew they were there before, so will be interesting to see if Sainsburys cover them again, or if they remain visible as part of the new layout.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Mark Cameron » 10 May 2013, 12:43

Looks like the shop beside The Skylark (old Polish Deli) is to open soon as somekind of home hardware outlet. Yay!
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby jb5370 » 15 May 2013, 16:13

I was hoping it was a hardware store too - surely a place for one on the High Street? But the sign says homeware and gifts so not too hopeful....
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby gazza » 15 May 2013, 16:57

Saturday 18 May is opening day for Beauty by Lime.

Situated in front of Earthy (19 Windsor Place) the shop will offer holistic and beauty therapy. Using local products that are free from petrochemicals,parabens, animal extracts or derivatives such as lanolin or collagen. All of the facial products afre made in Edinburgh with premium natural ingredients.

Free taster sessions this Saturday starting at 11am.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby jb5370 » 22 May 2013, 07:39

I take it Victor Hugo has closed? Supposed to be closed for a week about a month ago for essential maintenance but it hasn't reopened and I see the VH signs are down.
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Gillmck » 04 Jul 2013, 11:03

Victor Hugo gone ... now newly expanded Favers Candy!
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Re: The shops thread (was: Empty Shops on Porty High St)

Postby Gillmck » 04 Jul 2013, 11:05

Interesting article from the Guardian:

How independent retailers are battling to save Britain's high streets
Around the country small retailers are joining forces to win your custom and bring our town centres back to life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/ju ... gh-streets
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