12 January 2009

Credit Crunch

Following my post about the credit-crunch-defying success of the Booths chain of supermarkets, I saw some less happy news on the BBC website the other day. Mercer's of Blackburn (a sells-everything ironmonger and hardware store) looks like it will cease trading after 150 years in Blackburn.
Somehow, this hits a bit harder than the news about Woolies. Perhaps because it's an independent business, and perhaps because I have memories of shopping there when I worked in Blackburn.
It really is an archetypal, old-fashioned shop that you used to find in every town. Following the rapid expansion of DIY superstores, I can't imagine there are many left.

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