Lost Retail Chains

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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby The Egg Man » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:55 pm

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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Wee Harry » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:59 am

Was there asho called DER or Reddifusion!
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby tobester » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:54 pm

Not really a major retail chain, but FRESHWAYS...came into existence early 88 i think, they were 10 stores that were bought by CJ Lang and Son Ltd from the defunct Shoppers Paradise.

I worked in the one in Norby Road in Broomhill, the were all eventually re-branded as Spar as it was deemed a better name, and cheaper prices, they traded 8am-10pm Mon to Sat, 10-5 on a sun, at a time when late night shopping was Thurs to 8

The stores i remember were...Broomhill, Clarkston Toll (now the furniture shop), Thornliebank Main Street, Westwood Square EK, Port Glasgow, Erskine (Bargarran, altho i think that was later as i think that may have been a Presto), Wishaw, also was one for a short time in Leven and in Kirkintilloch (not 100% sure)...cant remember the rest....i went in for a summer and left 10yrs later
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby kirstymaclaren » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:01 am

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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Godsgift » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:45 pm

@ Wee Harry.... Ya should've gone to Radio Rentals! :D I remember renting my first DVD player from Granada too but we grew up with DER. :)
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Wee Harry » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:36 pm

I think we had acolour tv with a remote on a cable!

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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby HollowHorn » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:53 pm

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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Fatman » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:01 pm

tobester wrote:Not really a major retail chain, but FRESHWAYS...came into existence early 88 i think, they were 10 stores that were bought by CJ Lang and Son Ltd from the defunct Shoppers Paradise.

I worked in the one in Norby Road in Broomhill, the were all eventually re-branded as Spar as it was deemed a better name, and cheaper prices, they traded 8am-10pm Mon to Sat, 10-5 on a sun, at a time when late night shopping was Thurs to 8

The stores i remember were...Broomhill, Clarkston Toll (now the furniture shop), Thornliebank Main Street, Westwood Square EK, Port Glasgow, Erskine (Bargarran, altho i think that was later as i think that may have been a Presto), Wishaw, also was one for a short time in Leven and in Kirkintilloch (not 100% sure)...cant remember the rest....i went in for a summer and left 10yrs later


Think Bathgate was the other one, I worked in WIshaw for a year and a bit in the early 1990s in the poorest paid management position ever. Possibly one in Abronhill as well, though may have been a Spar.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby tobester » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:57 pm

Fatman wrote:
tobester wrote:Not really a major retail chain, but FRESHWAYS...came into existence early 88 i think, they were 10 stores that were bought by CJ Lang and Son Ltd from the defunct Shoppers Paradise.

I worked in the one in Norby Road in Broomhill, the were all eventually re-branded as Spar as it was deemed a better name, and cheaper prices, they traded 8am-10pm Mon to Sat, 10-5 on a sun, at a time when late night shopping was Thurs to 8

The stores i remember were...Broomhill, Clarkston Toll (now the furniture shop), Thornliebank Main Street, Westwood Square EK, Port Glasgow, Erskine (Bargarran, altho i think that was later as i think that may have been a Presto), Wishaw, also was one for a short time in Leven and in Kirkintilloch (not 100% sure)...cant remember the rest....i went in for a summer and left 10yrs later


Think Bathgate was the other one, I worked in WIshaw for a year and a bit in the early 1990s in the poorest paid management position ever. Possibly one in Abronhill as well, though may have been a Spar.


They were there... embarrassing thing is i managed both Bathgate (1997) and Wishaw (1998), Abronhill was always a Spar, but was owned by CJL, other one i missed was Corstorphine in Edinburgh....that was a horrible shop, ran by a clique who all got their just deserts
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby mjw » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:12 pm

What about Tandy, there was one in Cumbernauld Town Centre, back in the early 80s when cb radio was the thing I picked up a cb lingo book when buying something out of the place. Anyone else as interested as myself when discovering you could light a small bulb out of Halfords with a 9v battery, one of strongest child memories was when in bed with the measles/rubella and being overjoyed when my mum gave me a battery out of the local shop, it's the small things that matter most isn't it.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby mrlipring » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:22 am

Aye, every Tandy had that metal detector with the bright orange handle in the window.

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Tandy was owned by what is now Radio Shack. More common in the USA, but there's one in Lytham St Annes, a nice wee town down the coast from Blackpool.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Rucola » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:36 am

Tandy also sold a telephone amplifier which made a reasonably good guitar distortion unit.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby BTJustice » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:35 pm

I always remember my Dad getting a Tandy newspaper through the post. If you took the wrapper to a tandy you got a free torch if you bought the batteries. Problem was it took 6 D cell batteries so you came out the shop with a plastic torch and £10 out of pocket for the batteries. Im sure my Dad still has 3 of them in his house.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby Mori » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:55 pm

Did Tandy not used to be in Renfield st, Regent house where the old Regent cinema was ?

Before Tandy i think it was radio shack, i might be mistaken though.
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Re: Lost Retail Chains

Postby neilmc » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:15 pm

Mori wrote:Did Tandy not used to be in Renfield st, Regent house where the old Regent cinema was ?


Yes, and ironically the shop that's there now also sells electronic gear, albeit second-hand stuff that folk have had to hock.

They also had a store at the corner of Ingram St. and Miller St. (now Cruise).
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