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    I called into the new WH Smiths today in L1...It's very small!!! I was so dissapointed.
    What was wrong with the old one?


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    I'll be interested to see it.

    I used to work in the Church st WH Smiths.

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    The brand new Smiths in Warrington is small too. Is the writing on the wall i wonder. They are expensive.

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    Nothing wrong at all.

    WHSmith have become sell outs and are In the L1 for business opportunity.

    I remember when I was a kid and WHSmith was great for books, now It's only good for Magazines I can't get In newsagents or supermarkets. Now theres more Biographies of useless people than anything good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    The brand new Smiths in Warrington is small too. Is the writing on the wall i wonder. They are expensive.
    The Speke branch has closed as well.

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    After reading this, I popped into the Liverpool One branch yesterday and it does seem rather cramped downstairs. Didn't go upstairs.

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    Hi, not sure why they've done that. Are they going to have more than one shop maybe? Church Street is looking quite empty and what will happen to Renshaw Street when Rapid move out? It'll become a ghost town like London Road a few years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieoapw View Post
    After reading this, I popped into the Liverpool One branch yesterday and it does seem rather cramped downstairs. Didn't go upstairs.
    Upstairs is even smaller...because half of it is a Post Office

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    Because they don't need and can't afford a large shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anni View Post
    and what will happen to Renshaw Street when Rapid move out?
    Are rapid moving? I never knew that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    Are rapid moving? I never knew that.

    I was in Rapid a couple of days ago and asked the assistant...They're moving into the old George Henry Lee buillding...but it won't be for a couple of years
    because M&S are moving in there temporarily while there building is refurbished...

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    Went in the W.H.Smiths yesterday - what a shambles! The Arts books were in the Cookery section and the Arts magazines in the Travel section. Not only small but disorganized!

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    You can see how small W H Smith`s frontage is next door to the rainbow
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    This seems to be a very popular place for people taking a break from shopping
    and would be an ideal place for some entertainment
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    I was underwhelmed by the new Smith's too, but after a day or two I thought, hang on, all I used to go in there was for magazines, books, cards or CD's. They've still got the few mags I bought, Waterstones had a better selection of books anyway (good for Bold St then), there's a new HMV next door so no probs for CD's, and plenty of other card shops in town. All in all, WH Smith's loss, not mine.

    Oh and yes, Greg's Dad, those new steps have become my favourite dinnertime spot, at least when it's not been raining. The area needs more undercover seating for when it's wet tho - how about moving the seats in South John St back a bit, under the walkways?

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    Borders pwns WHSmiths and Waterstones anyway.
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    Not that I am a fan of WH Smith...but they could have gotten themselves a bigger space in the L1, if they were so despirate to be there!

    Church Street was better...you could actually breathe in that store! I'll stick to the one in Birkenhead...user friendly with the Post Office separate from the shop!
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    WH Smith Is only useful when you want a magazine the corner shops don't have.

    Drinks and sweets In there are a rip off!
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    The new WHSmiths is unbelievably poor. It is hard to understand what they are seeking to achieve by this move. The premises are cramped and the ground floor slopes in various directions. Shelving is high, making visibility bad. The magazine section seems to have less than one third of the space it had along the wall in Church Street. Books appear to be largely limited to best sellers and are usually more expensive than most rivals. The previous fairly large local history section was almost non-existent when I last visited. By contrast their Birkenhead store is now about 5 times the size of this one!

    Anybody wanting books in Liverpool One will do far better by walking a few more yards to visit the much more spacious and light & airy Waterstones outlet. They have a good stock and their staff know their books!

    If the thinking they have shown in Liverpool continues it is not hard to envisage WHSmith becoming another major high street casualty, just like Woolworths. Nothing they sell is unique to them and their competitors now offer all their products far more competitively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post

    This seems to be a very popular place for people taking a break from shopping
    and would be an ideal place for some entertainment
    Great pic thanks havent been home for a while so have only seen TV pics of
    L1 when it opened. I agree some form of entertainment a la Covent Garden
    would be fab for lunchtimes etc it seems perfect with the steps to get a good view for all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaatu View Post
    I called into the new WH Smiths today in L1...It's very small!!! I was so dissapointed.
    What was wrong with the old one?


    thoughts anyone?

    I havent been in there yet but it seems to be a new policy, they have down sized the store in Speke too. Less staff and lower running costs I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaatu View Post
    I was in Rapid a couple of days ago and asked the assistant...They're moving into the old George Henry Lee buillding...but it won't be for a couple of years
    because M&S are moving in there temporarily while there building is refurbished...
    I was in Rapid on Saturday, and I asked the same question !, I was told that due to " the present economic climate" we are putting the move on permanent hold.

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    I don't expect WHSmiths to last much longer in its current form. The airport branches might turn a decent profit but most people buy their books etc from Tescos . I buy mine online

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    I think you're right Angelcake,( does such a thing still exist,these day's?)
    Smith's seem to lose thier way,about 10 yrs ago, and appear to have gradually run the operation down! The competition have captured thier customers, and with shops like the L1 branch,(no escalator!) I cant see them going back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    I think you're right Angelcake,( does such a thing still exist,these day's?)
    Smith's seem to lose thier way,about 10 yrs ago, Steve.
    must have been after I left ha,ha,

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    Angel cake, of course! Didn't they used to sell it in "Woolies"?

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