Popular shop boss blames supermarkets and big chains as he closes down

The Bolton News: Nick Rees prepares to shut up shop Nick Rees prepares to shut up shop

A POPULAR shop has closed its doors for the final time.

Nicks Basics, a family-run store that has been at the centre of the community in Elliott Street, Tyldesley, for 30 years, has shut up shop.

Owner Nick Rees believes big supermarkets and chain bargain stores are to blame for its closure.

He said: “It is really sad, all week our loyal customers have been coming in to tell us how upset they are. It’s been quite a difficult week.

“In the past few years a lot of bargain shops have opened and that has really affected us.

“We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices and we have tried selling other things but the supermarkets sell everything. It was a really hard decision but we can’t keep going anymore.”

The 44-year-old inherited the shop from his parents, who opened 30 years ago at the other end of Elliott Street.

Mr Rees said: “We’re really a community service. We help wherever we can.

“There are a few pensioners that can’t get to the shops so we drop things off for them and others who don’t have the best mobility and can’t get of town need us here.

“Yvonne Brown has worked for us for 20-odd years and it’s incredibly sad that we have had to let her go. She has been a very loyal staff member.

“Tyldesley has changed since we moved here 30 years ago.

“There used to be butchers, greengrocers, fish mongers and shoe shops. Now it is all takeaways and bookmakers.

“The supermarkets and bargain stores have sucked the life out of the place and I feel sorry for the people who live here.”

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10:13am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

These small shops only seem to stay in business if they sell alcohol and cigarettes, especially around Halliwell and they are not too concerned about who they sell them too.
These small shops only seem to stay in business if they sell alcohol and cigarettes, especially around Halliwell and they are not too concerned about who they sell them too. Jim271
  • Score: 12

10:14am Fri 6 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 19

12:22pm Fri 6 Jun 14

GoneNow says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
Lidl sell large free range eggs for £1.10 for 6
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.[/p][/quote]Lidl sell large free range eggs for £1.10 for 6 GoneNow
  • Score: 8

2:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

hal pel says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices. . ."
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.[/p][/quote]So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete [with supermarkets] but we can’t beat their prices. . ." hal pel
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

hal pel says...

hal pel wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices. . ."
Why has my post been edited? My comment should have read like this; So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices. . ."
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.[/p][/quote]So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete [with supermarkets] but we can’t beat their prices. . ."[/p][/quote]Why has my post been edited? My comment should have read like this; So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete [with supermarkets] but we can’t beat their prices. . ." hal pel
  • Score: 1

2:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

hal pel says...

hal pel wrote:
hal pel wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices. . ."
Why has my post been edited? My comment should have read like this; So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete but we can’t beat their prices. . ."
It's done it again! between the word "compete" and "but" I wrote "with supermarkets" in square brackets to indicate I'd added to a quote to clarify a point.
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.[/p][/quote]So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete [with supermarkets] but we can’t beat their prices. . ."[/p][/quote]Why has my post been edited? My comment should have read like this; So are you saying that this local shopkeeper has got it wrong? He says “We have tried to compete [with supermarkets] but we can’t beat their prices. . ."[/p][/quote]It's done it again! between the word "compete" and "but" I wrote "with supermarkets" in square brackets to indicate I'd added to a quote to clarify a point. hal pel
  • Score: 6

3:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

The bluetooth. says...

GoneNow wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.
Lidl sell large free range eggs for £1.10 for 6
Yes i agree that the odd item or two at the local shop maybe cheaper than the supermarkets,but overall when you compare with a trolley full of goods then theres no competing with the supermarket. I feel sorry that mr rees has had to close but hes not the first and surely wont be the last.
[quote][p][bold]GoneNow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: pity that people do not realise that local shops are often much cheaper than supermarkets. My butcher sells lge eggs for £1.60 per half doz - you can't get free range for that price at a supermarket - and household cleaning goods are cheaper at a local store too. I shop only occasionally at the supermarket now - cheaper by far locally.[/p][/quote]Lidl sell large free range eggs for £1.10 for 6[/p][/quote]Yes i agree that the odd item or two at the local shop maybe cheaper than the supermarkets,but overall when you compare with a trolley full of goods then theres no competing with the supermarket. I feel sorry that mr rees has had to close but hes not the first and surely wont be the last. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 4

3:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

The moral of this story is,don't put all your eggs in one basket.
The moral of this story is,don't put all your eggs in one basket. boltonnut
  • Score: 0

1:19am Sun 8 Jun 14

hal pel says...

boltonnut wrote:
The moral of this story is,don't put all your eggs in one basket.
I think the moral is "don't count your chickens before they've hatched", but I could wrong.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: The moral of this story is,don't put all your eggs in one basket.[/p][/quote]I think the moral is "don't count your chickens before they've hatched", but I could wrong. hal pel
  • Score: 1

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