Further Southend High Street store closing down

ANOTHER Southend High Street store is set to close today.

Independent shop, Buzz handbags, is currently holding a half price sale to get rid of all remaining stock but the shelves are already looking bare.

Staff members were only told about the closure this week but have been left in the dark about the reasons behind the decision.

The store is owned by a local businessman and his plans for the future of the building are not yet known.

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1:01pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Brunning999 says...

We all know why but will we wake up to realize what has been said this week however painful is true.

The extreme left have no alternative unless you want to shop in government shops !!!
We all know why but will we wake up to realize what has been said this week however painful is true. The extreme left have no alternative unless you want to shop in government shops !!! Brunning999

2:42pm Sun 4 Mar 12

MaxSteel says...

Calm down, im sure you will be able to get your handbags somewhere else
Calm down, im sure you will be able to get your handbags somewhere else MaxSteel

2:51pm Sun 4 Mar 12

All 9 of me says...

handbags at 20 paces
handbags at 20 paces All 9 of me

3:01pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

Remove the words 'Further' and 'Store' from the heading, and you're left with the *real* story!
Remove the words 'Further' and 'Store' from the heading, and you're left with the *real* story! Soouthchurch59

4:00pm Sun 4 Mar 12

johnny foreigner says...

"The store is owned by a local businessman and his plans for the future of the building are not yet known."

I'd bet he'd love to have it transported to Billericay and turn it into another restaurant.

Truth is it may well remain redundant, I can't imagine investors are exactly queuing up to take on shops in Anna Waite's wasteland.
"The store is owned by a local businessman and his plans for the future of the building are not yet known." I'd bet he'd love to have it transported to Billericay and turn it into another restaurant. Truth is it may well remain redundant, I can't imagine investors are exactly queuing up to take on shops in Anna Waite's wasteland. johnny foreigner

4:19pm Sun 4 Mar 12

lucy10 says...

it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st
it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st lucy10

4:26pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

lucy10 wrote:
it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st
Indeed. Isn't a market just common sense!
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st[/p][/quote]Indeed. Isn't a market just common sense! Soouthchurch59

4:51pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.
I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp. Max Impact

5:14pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Chymes81 says...

A lot of shops in Southend high street are closing down. The trouble is places like supermarkets are selling everything that is available in the high street, and at a much lower price. And what happens, Southend council allow another Tesco to be opened up at the old B&Q. How many more Tesco's do we need. Why not just close down every shop in the high street and and let a Tesco Express be built in every single one.
A lot of shops in Southend high street are closing down. The trouble is places like supermarkets are selling everything that is available in the high street, and at a much lower price. And what happens, Southend council allow another Tesco to be opened up at the old B&Q. How many more Tesco's do we need. Why not just close down every shop in the high street and and let a Tesco Express be built in every single one. Chymes81

6:09pm Sun 4 Mar 12

chrissiem says...

lucy10 wrote:
it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st
Wish I had been in the High Street on Saturday - I certainly would have signed the petition for a weekly market. Hopefully the stalls would be selling goods at a reasonable price, not like the so-called Farmers Market, where most of the prices seem to be astronomically high. A weekly market would attract more shoppers and the shops nearby would also benefit. Mind you, we also need much lower or free car parking charges. I live near enough to walk to the High Street but many do not, or physically can't walk there.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: it was good to see the independent group councllors in the high st on saturday for a petite for weekly market in the high st[/p][/quote]Wish I had been in the High Street on Saturday - I certainly would have signed the petition for a weekly market. Hopefully the stalls would be selling goods at a reasonable price, not like the so-called Farmers Market, where most of the prices seem to be astronomically high. A weekly market would attract more shoppers and the shops nearby would also benefit. Mind you, we also need much lower or free car parking charges. I live near enough to walk to the High Street but many do not, or physically can't walk there. chrissiem

6:13pm Sun 4 Mar 12

johnny foreigner says...

Max Impact wrote:
I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.
I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.[/p][/quote]I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye. johnny foreigner

6:51pm Sun 4 Mar 12

katch22 says...

johnny foreigner wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.
I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye.
is ee you are wandering the threads trying to dilute you racial and homophobic slurs, why not just stick to the issue of the thread.
High street Shops are closing all over the country, the supermarkets are phasing them out via lower prices and then raising their prices once the opposition has gone. Anything to say about that that doesn't include some repulsive slur?
These closures effect everybody in the end regardless of race or sexuality.
[quote][p][bold]johnny foreigner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.[/p][/quote]I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye.[/p][/quote]is ee you are wandering the threads trying to dilute you racial and homophobic slurs, why not just stick to the issue of the thread. High street Shops are closing all over the country, the supermarkets are phasing them out via lower prices and then raising their prices once the opposition has gone. Anything to say about that that doesn't include some repulsive slur? These closures effect everybody in the end regardless of race or sexuality. katch22

7:04pm Sun 4 Mar 12

jolllyboy says...

It was said years ago that Retail parks and large supermarkets that sell goods other than food would see the finish of High Streets as we know it. It has come to pass.
It was said years ago that Retail parks and large supermarkets that sell goods other than food would see the finish of High Streets as we know it. It has come to pass. jolllyboy

7:38pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

katch22 wrote:
johnny foreigner wrote:
Max Impact wrote: I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.
I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye.
is ee you are wandering the threads trying to dilute you racial and homophobic slurs, why not just stick to the issue of the thread. High street Shops are closing all over the country, the supermarkets are phasing them out via lower prices and then raising their prices once the opposition has gone. Anything to say about that that doesn't include some repulsive slur? These closures effect everybody in the end regardless of race or sexuality.
It was a typo,

I was watching Pawn Stars, whilst reading the presentation I have to give on Monday to the Chairman and the sector heads, I also had an egg, bacon and sausage baguette and a cup of teas on the go whilst trying to post a comment...

Remember us blokes can not multi-task!

High Street:

If I was the owner of the old Woolworths building I would look at opening it up as an indoor market.

Once a month I would say busking is permited by licence.

Crack down on bike riders get caught loose the bike.

If I was an owner of any emprty shop offer incentives say sign a legally binding contract for six years and affet 75% off the rent in the first year, 50% in the secon 25% in the third then full rents from the 4th year, better to have some income than nothing.

Empty shops could be used to displays advertising events or places to visit.

Thats enough for now as it;s coming up to Top Gear time and I want to get supper and a beer!
[quote][p][bold]katch22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny foreigner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: I thought there was a new market at the old Lookers site in Priory Crescent when I drive past this afternoon, sadly it turns out to be occupys new camp camp.[/p][/quote]I'd be careful about saying "camp camp" if I were you Max. You'll have katch22 banging on about homophobic slurs in the wink of an eye.[/p][/quote]is ee you are wandering the threads trying to dilute you racial and homophobic slurs, why not just stick to the issue of the thread. High street Shops are closing all over the country, the supermarkets are phasing them out via lower prices and then raising their prices once the opposition has gone. Anything to say about that that doesn't include some repulsive slur? These closures effect everybody in the end regardless of race or sexuality.[/p][/quote]It was a typo, I was watching Pawn Stars, whilst reading the presentation I have to give on Monday to the Chairman and the sector heads, I also had an egg, bacon and sausage baguette and a cup of teas on the go whilst trying to post a comment... Remember us blokes can not multi-task! High Street: If I was the owner of the old Woolworths building I would look at opening it up as an indoor market. Once a month I would say busking is permited by licence. Crack down on bike riders get caught loose the bike. If I was an owner of any emprty shop offer incentives say sign a legally binding contract for six years and affet 75% off the rent in the first year, 50% in the secon 25% in the third then full rents from the 4th year, better to have some income than nothing. Empty shops could be used to displays advertising events or places to visit. Thats enough for now as it;s coming up to Top Gear time and I want to get supper and a beer! Max Impact

9:10pm Sun 4 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

Max Steel and all9 of me, how pathetic! Sexist even? ! unless its the camp camp peeps that have not been buying enough handbags?(Now I am being facetious!)
Max Steel and all9 of me, how pathetic! Sexist even? ! unless its the camp camp peeps that have not been buying enough handbags?(Now I am being facetious!) naughtyladyofshadylane

9:38pm Sun 4 Mar 12

EssexBoy1968 says...

Er, can someone tell me whereabouts in the High Street this shop was?
Max Impact - some good ideas outlined there, but I though there had already been a move to do as you suggested with the former Woolworth's store? Maybe the confiscated bikes could be sold in one of the empty shops, with the funds raised being used to pay for effective local policing & crime reduction measures.
Yes, reduced parking charges & public transport fares would be a good idea, as would a decent High Street market.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with large supermarkets per se, surely we do not need another in the borough, especially not where they propose to build it. I know that many will shoot me down, but wouldn't it better to use the land to build decent omes for rent to those on the housing list, with very strict tenancies allowing for instant eviction in respect of criminality or anti-social behaviour?
Just an idea, which as it is not in line with Anna Waite's (alleged) wishes, may get some support....
Er, can someone tell me whereabouts in the High Street this shop was? Max Impact - some good ideas outlined there, but I though there had already been a move to do as you suggested with the former Woolworth's store? Maybe the confiscated bikes could be sold in one of the empty shops, with the funds raised being used to pay for effective local policing & crime reduction measures. Yes, reduced parking charges & public transport fares would be a good idea, as would a decent High Street market. Whilst there is nothing wrong with large supermarkets per se, surely we do not need another in the borough, especially not where they propose to build it. I know that many will shoot me down, but wouldn't it better to use the land to build decent omes for rent to those on the housing list, with very strict tenancies allowing for instant eviction in respect of criminality or anti-social behaviour? Just an idea, which as it is not in line with Anna Waite's (alleged) wishes, may get some support.... EssexBoy1968

10:48pm Sun 4 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

its gotta be free parking for me, I would go into town far more often. ! I dont mind spending my money on petrol, cos I think i am getting something for that,(I dont travel much , I fill up once a month!! but parking and postage I begrudge !!
its gotta be free parking for me, I would go into town far more often. ! I dont mind spending my money on petrol, cos I think i am getting something for that,(I dont travel much , I fill up once a month!! but parking and postage I begrudge !! naughtyladyofshadylane

10:52pm Sun 4 Mar 12

A.N.Other says...

I blame the single parents, drunks, druggies and unemployed becasue that's what that Anna Waite woman claims and she must be right.
I blame the single parents, drunks, druggies and unemployed becasue that's what that Anna Waite woman claims and she must be right. A.N.Other

11:49pm Sun 4 Mar 12

EssexBoy1968 says...

I hate to say this, but the only "Buzz Handbags" I can find in the area is shown as being located in the High Street in Shoebury, not Southend. Can someone please clarify this........
I hate to say this, but the only "Buzz Handbags" I can find in the area is shown as being located in the High Street in Shoebury, not Southend. Can someone please clarify this........ EssexBoy1968

11:58pm Sun 4 Mar 12

heartbeat says...

naughtyladyofshadyla
ne
wrote:
its gotta be free parking for me, I would go into town far more often. ! I dont mind spending my money on petrol, cos I think i am getting something for that,(I dont travel much , I fill up once a month!! but parking and postage I begrudge !!
Same for me! I choose to drive an economical car with cheap road tax so I have more dosh left over for the fun things in life and I'm burgered if I'm going to boost Southend Council's coffers with ridiculous parking fees! Why on earth cant they try changing tack - free parking = lots more shoppers in town = lots more shops opening =lots more rates instead of tatty empty shops. Several other ailing councils have adopted this approach and found it to be a success. That AND market stalls (think Roots Hall type value for money, NOT overpriced continental!)
[quote][p][bold]naughtyladyofshadyla ne[/bold] wrote: its gotta be free parking for me, I would go into town far more often. ! I dont mind spending my money on petrol, cos I think i am getting something for that,(I dont travel much , I fill up once a month!! but parking and postage I begrudge !![/p][/quote]Same for me! I choose to drive an economical car with cheap road tax so I have more dosh left over for the fun things in life and I'm burgered if I'm going to boost Southend Council's coffers with ridiculous parking fees! Why on earth cant they try changing tack - free parking = lots more shoppers in town = lots more shops opening =lots more rates instead of tatty empty shops. Several other ailing councils have adopted this approach and found it to be a success. That AND market stalls (think Roots Hall type value for money, NOT overpriced continental!) heartbeat

7:57am Mon 5 Mar 12

gardenman says...

the high street is dead,long live the internet.
the high street is dead,long live the internet. gardenman

10:08am Mon 5 Mar 12

John the resonator says...

OK handbags are not on my usual list of things to buy, I'm sure my wife would reject it because of having all the wrong compartments, too big/small, young/old etc. I'm brave but not that brave.

All the same, where is this shop?
OK handbags are not on my usual list of things to buy, I'm sure my wife would reject it because of having all the wrong compartments, too big/small, young/old etc. I'm brave but not that brave. All the same, where is this shop? John the resonator

12:05pm Mon 5 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

why not just stick to the issue of the thread


after you pal!
[quote]why not just stick to the issue of the thread[/quote] after you pal! The Cater Wood Creeper

12:34pm Mon 5 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

I just dont get that last post, who was supposed to have said the quote in the middle???? Buzz i believe is somewhere along by Boots the Ops f D & A , am I right, its not a shop that has attracted me, I glanced in the window on passing but thats all.
I just dont get that last post, who was supposed to have said the quote in the middle???? Buzz i believe is somewhere along by Boots the Ops f D & A , am I right, its not a shop that has attracted me, I glanced in the window on passing but thats all. naughtyladyofshadylane

1:53pm Mon 5 Mar 12

Andycal 172D says...

How much furtehr down the High Street is it closing?
How much furtehr down the High Street is it closing? Andycal 172D

2:45pm Mon 5 Mar 12

frenchinsouthend says...

don't mean to be rude but the shop wasnt great anyway.. it's a shame a few people have lost their jobs but rubbish shops do
n't last ! Southend needs good shops that sell great quality products !! not cheap shops selling tacky phone covers and plastic hand bags !!
don't mean to be rude but the shop wasnt great anyway.. it's a shame a few people have lost their jobs but rubbish shops do n't last ! Southend needs good shops that sell great quality products !! not cheap shops selling tacky phone covers and plastic hand bags !! frenchinsouthend

3:14pm Mon 5 Mar 12

frenchinsouthend says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
I hate to say this, but the only "Buzz Handbags" I can find in the area is shown as being located in the High Street in Shoebury, not Southend. Can someone please clarify this........
don't worry you're not missing much ! i believe it is (or was) more or less opposite BHS..
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: I hate to say this, but the only "Buzz Handbags" I can find in the area is shown as being located in the High Street in Shoebury, not Southend. Can someone please clarify this........[/p][/quote]don't worry you're not missing much ! i believe it is (or was) more or less opposite BHS.. frenchinsouthend

4:00pm Mon 5 Mar 12

Derek_Christmas says...

Southend high street is such an embarrassment. Just a load of awful chain shops with with chavs hanging around outside. It surprises me how it manages to get worse every year.
Southend high street is such an embarrassment. Just a load of awful chain shops with with chavs hanging around outside. It surprises me how it manages to get worse every year. Derek_Christmas

4:27pm Mon 5 Mar 12

The Cowboy says...

I really don't think the closure of some tacky handbag shop is the death knell of the high st. The long term big names are still there and will always be there (M&S, Boots etc). Fear the reaper when they move on. If you want a handbag, just go to TK Maxx.

I'm generally in support of small independent shops, but only when they're selling good quality merchandise.
I really don't think the closure of some tacky handbag shop is the death knell of the high st. The long term big names are still there and will always be there (M&S, Boots etc). Fear the reaper when they move on. If you want a handbag, just go to TK Maxx. I'm generally in support of small independent shops, but only when they're selling good quality merchandise. The Cowboy

4:37pm Mon 5 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

should you not have said it doesn't surprise me? Another closure in the offing, I noticed on Sat , Waren James the jeweller, near the new Plaza Centre ! Frenchinsouthend, do we really want great shops selling at high prices, according to Anna Waite, no one could afford them. I won't buy "cheap" but I won't go too expensive either. Debenhams suits me for handbags, if you want leather. Accessorize and T K Maxx for other materials!
should you not have said it doesn't surprise me? Another closure in the offing, I noticed on Sat , Waren James the jeweller, near the new Plaza Centre ! Frenchinsouthend, do we really want great shops selling at high prices, according to Anna Waite, no one could afford them. I won't buy "cheap" but I won't go too expensive either. Debenhams suits me for handbags, if you want leather. Accessorize and T K Maxx for other materials! naughtyladyofshadylane

4:56pm Mon 5 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

that was addressed to Derek. when I wrote it the Cowboy was not in view!!, Do agree with you and Gt minds think alike too, do we have shares in T K Maxx ?Ha Ha !
that was addressed to Derek. when I wrote it the Cowboy was not in view!!, Do agree with you and Gt minds think alike too, do we have shares in T K Maxx ?Ha Ha ! naughtyladyofshadylane

5:18pm Mon 5 Mar 12

bignosechaff says...

Sadly shops come and go. Some thing will replace it I'm sure. Running an independent shop is always a risky business. People still moan about loosing woolworths but how many of them spent money there. WH Smiths will be next to go. Especially with the self service tills. The amount of people I see giving up and walking out.
Sadly shops come and go. Some thing will replace it I'm sure. Running an independent shop is always a risky business. People still moan about loosing woolworths but how many of them spent money there. WH Smiths will be next to go. Especially with the self service tills. The amount of people I see giving up and walking out. bignosechaff

6:11pm Mon 5 Mar 12

snowbarney says...

Businesses are realising that they are flogging a dead horse in Southend.
It should be Southend that is closed down, full stop.
Businesses are realising that they are flogging a dead horse in Southend. It should be Southend that is closed down, full stop. snowbarney

6:56pm Mon 5 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

ooh, strong words !!(to snowbarney)
ooh, strong words !!(to snowbarney) naughtyladyofshadylane

9:03pm Mon 5 Mar 12

frenchinsouthend says...

naughtyladyofshadyla
ne
wrote:
should you not have said it doesn't surprise me? Another closure in the offing, I noticed on Sat , Waren James the jeweller, near the new Plaza Centre ! Frenchinsouthend, do we really want great shops selling at high prices, according to Anna Waite, no one could afford them. I won't buy "cheap" but I won't go too expensive either. Debenhams suits me for handbags, if you want leather. Accessorize and T K Maxx for other materials!
well maybe not Gucci or Prada (although that would be nice..) but decent-modern shops like Habitat, Superdry.. etc.. affordable but not over the top
[quote][p][bold]naughtyladyofshadyla ne[/bold] wrote: should you not have said it doesn't surprise me? Another closure in the offing, I noticed on Sat , Waren James the jeweller, near the new Plaza Centre ! Frenchinsouthend, do we really want great shops selling at high prices, according to Anna Waite, no one could afford them. I won't buy "cheap" but I won't go too expensive either. Debenhams suits me for handbags, if you want leather. Accessorize and T K Maxx for other materials![/p][/quote]well maybe not Gucci or Prada (although that would be nice..) but decent-modern shops like Habitat, Superdry.. etc.. affordable but not over the top frenchinsouthend

8:22am Wed 7 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

is there any truth in the rumour that a new 'Adult themed' Department type store is opening soon?

If so, there's someone who regularly posts on this site's comments threads that would be very interested in the Kitchen Department. I've heard that they would be very interested in a strapon mincer
is there any truth in the rumour that a new 'Adult themed' Department type store is opening soon? If so, there's someone who regularly posts on this site's comments threads that would be very interested in the Kitchen Department. I've heard that they would be very interested in a strapon mincer The Cater Wood Creeper

12:00pm Wed 7 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

Habitat would be nice, I thought they went bust once No? Superdry, what do they sell? Gap used to be nice, they went !
Habitat would be nice, I thought they went bust once No? Superdry, what do they sell? Gap used to be nice, they went ! naughtyladyofshadylane

12:54pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Alekhine says...

The Cater Wood Creeper wrote:
is there any truth in the rumour that a new 'Adult themed' Department type store is opening soon? If so, there's someone who regularly posts on this site's comments threads that would be very interested in the Kitchen Department. I've heard that they would be very interested in a strapon mincer
Ann Summers is strategically positioned opposite Mothercare (if thats till open).
[quote][p][bold]The Cater Wood Creeper[/bold] wrote: is there any truth in the rumour that a new 'Adult themed' Department type store is opening soon? If so, there's someone who regularly posts on this site's comments threads that would be very interested in the Kitchen Department. I've heard that they would be very interested in a strapon mincer[/p][/quote]Ann Summers is strategically positioned opposite Mothercare (if thats till open). Alekhine

2:27pm Wed 7 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

mothercare no, you are way behind, ha ha !! another recent one too was Hawkins bazaar, so you prob dont know about that one either!!
mothercare no, you are way behind, ha ha !! another recent one too was Hawkins bazaar, so you prob dont know about that one either!! naughtyladyofshadylane

9:47am Fri 9 Mar 12

joeski97 says...

mothercare will never close, where would all the pregnant doleys get clothes for their benefit claims (sorry babies)?
mothercare will never close, where would all the pregnant doleys get clothes for their benefit claims (sorry babies)? joeski97

10:05am Fri 9 Mar 12

naughtyladyofshadylane says...

sorry but it DID. I reckon Primark will suffice now for them, there are lots of cheapish shops that are very good
sorry but it DID. I reckon Primark will suffice now for them, there are lots of cheapish shops that are very good naughtyladyofshadylane

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