Go Banana

Busy in Bath today with sales, people spending gift tokens and no-doubt exchanging unwanted gifts.

Sad to see a sign outside Banana Republic informing customers that the clothing store is to close early next month.

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The closure notice.

Seems the company – the ‘posh’ end of the American business that includes Gap in its retail stable – is pulling out of European High Streets but keeping an on-line presence.

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Cities like Bath are proving too expensive to set up shop in – what with rents and rates.

Is the High Street doomed to offering nothing but the contents of the big multiples?

Massive brands that can afford to keep an open sign above the door and move stuff from store to floor quickly and cheaply.

Do we all want to end up dressed the same way. A flock of shopaholic sheep?

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Ironic location for a central Bath store subject to high rent and rates?

I am told retail giant H & M is taking over the soon-to-be-vacated premises – ironically situated on the corner of Cheap Street.