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Hi all

I just want to tell you all of an experience that has just happened to me.

I have been in negotiations with a Morrisons Supermarket about having a concession space inside one of their stores for the last 3 months.

To be told on Friday that Morrisons were withdrawing the unit to promote their own in-store merchandise.

 

" Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. However, Morrisons have just informed me that they are going to take the unit for their own use. "

  Shit i thought , I've been getting stock , counters , equipment together now for the last 3 months 

 

 

i was even going to collect a finisher , press , band scourer and outsoler next week.

 

But not to worry there was another empty unit directly opposite the one i was after in the same Morrisons Store.

So i asked the question , and yes it was available , but to only be told later in the day that .

 

The unit is available but it cannot be used for shoe repairs .

 

So it looks Like a certain National company in shoe repairs has put the block on this 

 

The thing is I don't understand how they found out.

 

So,  what's the moral of the story? 

 

If you want that new shop , lie through your f****ng teeth to everyone! till you  get it 

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I would have thought that it's Morrisons policy to not allow another shoe repairers in anyway. If they have a partnership with Timpson to provide the services within their stores it seems unlikely that they would let anyone else do it.

 

Probably more along the lines of the manager being happy to have you in but once they contacted their head office, they put a stop to it.

 

It's a shame though because they had a chance to have someone decent in but now will have to wait for a timpson trainee to run the shop.

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Morrisons head office new about my proposal because heads of terms were amended by them several times.

And i asked the question "would there be any objection to a shoe repairers opening "

to which they said no, way back in March this year.

The unit was then occupied by someone else ,but i knew they were leaving.

 

I also enquired at Asda

their response was that  they have a working relationship with the Big T, which is something the don't want to jeopardize .

 

So that's the big four supermarkets sewn up then.

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I have been in negotiations with a Morrisons Supermarket about having a concession space inside one of their stores for the last 3 months.

To be told on Friday that Morrisons were withdrawing the unit to promote their own in-store merchandise.

 

I know of a guy who was about to sign a lease on a shop in Solihull, two doors away from the T brand, the day before signing had a call T had bought the shop Freehold and blocked him opening.

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Interesting?  About 7 years ago I enquired about an empty unit in Morrison's.  I didn't take it very far and then opened a "mobile unit" in a nearby retail park.  Within 6 months Timpson's who had previously vacated Morrison's some years early opened again.  It's almost like Morrison's had informed them I had been sniffing around.  Not that it has had any noticeable impact on my business.  It may have just been coincidence anyway.

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Heard about this one , the story that goes something like this

Ex-big "T" Employee opens up next to or over the road from the 

Big "T"  branch that he  was working in

So the powers that be in the big "T" bought the building 

where he was trading from , increased the rent ,service charge 

so he could no longer afford to stay. closed him down.

Now I dont know how true this is but I have heard it from a couple of sources

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  • 2 weeks later...

Timpsons own the Shoecare and the brand I know this as I was one of Shoecare's Area Managers before Timpson took them over they will be rebranding all of the Shoecare shops. Timpsons have taken over the dry cleaning in all the Morrison's so that is prob why they changed their minds about other shoe repairers renting units

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