Which stores are next to close or enter administration?

30 December 2011

retail deathwatchIf you remember back to the start of 2009 when the "credit crunch" was the clever phrase du jour and the global financial crisis a shiney new plaything for the nightly news, you may remember that Bitterwallet put together a site called Retail Death Watch.

Some of you hated it (calling us sadistic losers taking pleasure in the loss of jobs) and others took it with the grain of salt intended. We expect that same reaction again.

Considering the recent spate of brands entering administration or otherwise going bust we thought we would brush the dust off the screen and bring Retail Death Watch out again. So, if you are so inclined, go ahead and make your predictions on who is next to bite the dust. Maybe it's sadistic, maybe it's black humour, maybe it's a useful consumer tool for telling you where not to spend your money (or indeed who to support). Either way you can hit it up at www.retaildeathwatch.com and see if you can accurately predict who is not around for long.


  • nicholson101
    404 - Retail death watch link has died!
  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    Whoops! Fixed :)
  • mayor q.
    Its not just retailers who will perish, but what about educational establishments like Universities who may see a dwindle in applications given the trippling of tuition fees.
  • The B.
    I took it with a pinch of salt, I was right out of "grains of sale".
  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    Ahhhh ummm grain of salt is ok right?
  • Chewbacca
    @ mayor quimby "trippling?" Perhaps you should enrol on an English course...
  • Chewbacca
    Barratts shoes next to go by the way...
  • Dunky
    GAP will be one to watch for 2012...
  • James d.
    do pc world and currys really need to be listed seperately
  • David
    WHSmiths will survive but only in airports and train stations where they can get away with charging £5 for a small pad of paper. HSamuel will be gone before thre Summer. There will be a BrightHouse on every corner by September. Boots will finally give way to Superdrug and Comet will close all its stores. Whatever high streets are left will either be full of £1 stores (e.g. Bolton) orbeome even more expensive and exclusive. The rest will naturally turn into skate parks. There will be more local supermarkets opening and we'll see Morrisons and Asda open small shops as well. Open market sellers flogging tat around Christmas time (e.g. Manchester this Christmas) will be celebrating tooo ooo.
  • Khrest
    @ mayor quimby 'Trippling'. And you have just excluded yourself from any qualification to talk about the subject of tuition fees... Make them all pay the true cost without subsidy I say, the last thing we need is more Media Studies students.
  • Avon B.
    An idea: anybody studying the sciences, medicine, engineering or computers get their courses free, as long as they then work in the UK. Anybody studying religion, journalism or meeja studies pays double the courses' running costs. Students from Scotland pay 3 x costs. Study politics, law, or local government and it's 5 x costs. Anything in between is charged at base rate plus inflation.
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