Clothes shop DG3 asked to leave Crompton Place 'because unit is not big enough'

The Bolton News: Mohamed Patel, of D3G clothing is welcomed to the Market Place by centre manager Nikki Wilson-Cook Mohamed Patel, of D3G clothing is welcomed to the Market Place by centre manager Nikki Wilson-Cook

THE owner of a men’s designer clothing shop has swapped shopping centres in Bolton after he claims he was asked to leave because his premises were not big enough.

D3G Clothing’s Mohamed Patel has relocated in Bolton’s Market Place shopping centre from Crompton Place, where he previously had a unit for seven years.

He says he was asked to move units by Crompton Place bosses. They say he was offered an alternative unit.

The 29-year-old says his business was closed for three months, from September to December last year. He is now opened next to River Island in the Market Place.

He said: “I had a 15-year lease in Crompton Place with a clause that I could leave after five years if I so wished.

“I took the option to come out of the lease and negotiated a new five-year lease with an option to break it after two years.

“I signed it without having it legally checked.

“In the new lease, there was a clause saying they could give me a month’s notice to leave and that’s what happened.

"To treat a local business like that is very disappointing. My business is not a multiple. We are independent local traders, a Bolton company.

“I am delighted that the Market Place did us a favour and gave us a unit in a great location, but for a while it was very depressing.”

Mr Patel said his brothers Latif, aged 35, Wahid, aged 32, Hussain, aged 30, Pir, aged 28, and Tufail, aged 23, work within the business and the three months without trading affected the family.

He added: “What dis-appointed me even more is they wouldn’t let me put a notice in the unit, which was vacant for the three months after I left, telling customers where I had moved.”

Crompton Place manager Malcolm Angus said: “We are sorry to hear Mr Patel feels disappointed.

“He was offered an alternative, larger unit to move to within Crompton Place on the same terms, combined with a rent free period offered by the landlord as a goodwill gesture.

"He turned this offer down. The reason we asked Mr Patel to move in the first place was that the unit he was in has been joined up with several smaller units to create a much larger retail space.

“This redevelopment is aimed at attracting larger, high street names to Crompton Place and Bolton — companies which may have discounted us in the past because we were not able to offer them a unit large enough.

“It is all part of our commitment to improve the choice on offer for the four million-plus shoppers who visit us each year.

"We have had two new openings — Poundland and Subway — and we are continuing in talks with other retailers who have expressed an interest in the new, larger unit we have created.”

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4:44pm Thu 29 May 14

lynne22 says...

That is it, get without the local independent trader to make way for the big faceless conglomerates, Forget about the shoppers, yet again!
That is it, get without the local independent trader to make way for the big faceless conglomerates, Forget about the shoppers, yet again! lynne22
  • Score: 40

4:44pm Thu 29 May 14

Jim271 says...

Well done and good luck

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Well done and good luck . Jim271
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5:16pm Thu 29 May 14

Lesmathes17 says...

Perhaps Mr Patel could sell the Centre Manager a new suit.... She needs one.
Perhaps Mr Patel could sell the Centre Manager a new suit.... She needs one. Lesmathes17
  • Score: 15

6:01pm Thu 29 May 14

buskersball says...

I wouldnt really brag about attracting Poundland (or Subway)...flagship shopping centres should be attracting slightly more upmarket retailers methinks
I wouldnt really brag about attracting Poundland (or Subway)...flagship shopping centres should be attracting slightly more upmarket retailers methinks buskersball
  • Score: 39

11:45pm Thu 29 May 14

Browny91 says...

"Poundland and Subway"

Wow.
"Poundland and Subway" Wow. Browny91
  • Score: 15

11:53pm Thu 29 May 14

By George says...

Who made the clothes?some poor exploited third world person? Bolton Like Farnworth is gradually becoming third world shop front, shoppers beware of this exploitation of our fellow human beings.
Who made the clothes?some poor exploited third world person? Bolton Like Farnworth is gradually becoming third world shop front, shoppers beware of this exploitation of our fellow human beings. By George
  • Score: -10

1:28am Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

Utterly clueless management.

Stuff our small independent retailers and let's have the big tax avoiding outfits who are pro's at explotation.

No wonder Bolton is utterly characterless and such a lack lustre 5h1th0le.
Utterly clueless management. Stuff our small independent retailers and let's have the big tax avoiding outfits who are pro's at explotation. No wonder Bolton is utterly characterless and such a lack lustre 5h1th0le. wsw69
  • Score: 16

11:02am Fri 30 May 14

SleepingThunder says...

I shop at D3G they always have a good range of clothing & offer good service.I cannot believe Bolton are treating success full independent retailers this way.Shoppers want the personal touch of smaller retailers when we want to order from some faceless corporation we order from the internet.

There's only a certain amount of pound shops & buttie shops one town can have.
I shop at D3G they always have a good range of clothing & offer good service.I cannot believe Bolton are treating success full independent retailers this way.Shoppers want the personal touch of smaller retailers when we want to order from some faceless corporation we order from the internet. There's only a certain amount of pound shops & buttie shops one town can have. SleepingThunder
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1:39pm Fri 30 May 14

Jacob C says...

He should of been allowed to to tell his customers where he was moving to
how petty
good luck to him
He should of been allowed to to tell his customers where he was moving to how petty good luck to him Jacob C
  • Score: 10

5:57pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

The action of the Crompton Place management is testament as to the lack of level of decent people with common sense running places. It's also a backstabbing and deceitful thing to do.

Onward and upward.
The action of the Crompton Place management is testament as to the lack of level of decent people with common sense running places. It's also a backstabbing and deceitful thing to do. Onward and upward. wsw69
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Fri 30 May 14

Wendy 51 says...

This is another reason to shop elsewhere-I have lived in Bolton for a long time and the decline is unbelievable. What a crying shame such a lovely town has been run down with faceless idiots-(who had the chance when we all opposed the closure of the beautiful Market hall but chose to disregard the majority) and now are asking us to support them. Ha-I don't think so-perhaps you will listen to the people who vote for you sometime ?????
This is another reason to shop elsewhere-I have lived in Bolton for a long time and the decline is unbelievable. What a crying shame such a lovely town has been run down with faceless idiots-(who had the chance when we all opposed the closure of the beautiful Market hall but chose to disregard the majority) and now are asking us to support them. Ha-I don't think so-perhaps you will listen to the people who vote for you sometime ????? Wendy 51
  • Score: 1

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