Mike Ashley, Sports Direct and Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    Not particularly but like a good deal.
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yes, I thought it might be the kind of shop you'd like.
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You were wrong, by the way. When I passed by it was very quiet.
  4. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    I don’t actually.
    But, if they are having a sale, then I would have a look.

    Is that ok?
  5. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    How many of those are actually living here in properties they own/are paying off? Certainly before buying my first flat I was out spending my income, this changed quite drastically once I had a mortgage to pay. With the chance of buying property rapidly seeming like it will never become a reality for young people these days are they spending their disposable incoming on going out?

    I can't think of anywhere within such close reach of Central London that isn't as expensive as Brixton, although having a 'vibrant nightlife and lifestyle' will certainly be an attraction to some people.
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've no idea but within 500 metres of my home there's been an almighty surge in upmarket, high rise private housing: The Viaduct, Brixton Square, the former Guinness Trust and, arriving soon, The Edge, The Walton Laundry and the shit-ton of private housing on Somerleyton. And they're all getting snapped up.
    Brixton's nightlife has never been busier or more expensive*, so there clearly is a lot of young professionals with a lot of money to spend around town.

    I see the class divide in Brixton getting bigger every month and it depresses the fuck out of me.

    (*Yes, some places may have been comparatively more expensive in the 1880s)
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  7. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    Feels like Brixton is becoming a bit like the Clapham of the late 90s.

    I'm not out in central Brixton that often in the evenings these days, but every time I do go out I'm surprised at how busy it is.
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  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Some midweek nights are far busier than the Saturday nights of only a few years ago. I've ever seen Brixton so busy (or so full of stale piss on Sundays).
  9. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    That's the feeling I got last time me and the Mrs went out in Central Brixton of an evening.
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  10. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Must be a factor I’d have thought.
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Maybe, but the rents are sky high too, so they'd still need a shitload of dosh coming in to be able to live in the new lifestyle flats and go grazing in places like Pop Brixton and snuffle cocktails in the expensive on-trend joints like the Shrub & Shutter.
  12. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    I had a look in there today, it's pricey and more expensive than some west end stores. Basic Armani jeans for £125, the same cut are £95 elsewhere. I'm not sure who they think will shop there. It's not hipster clobber, more a football lad get up.
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  13. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    They have totally ignored the masses here on Urban who have been campaigning for an Aldi for Brixton. Something to "tilt" the market back to normal instead of all this non-Green one season expensive clothing for posers.

    BTW they have burglar-proof rotating blade security "toppings" on the car park ramp now. Do they think the yute are going to break in to steal their skinny jeans?
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  14. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    I popped in there the other week to have a nosey and it comes across a bit tacky to me. All bright lights and bling...but in a really dated tacky way.

    I agree with you regarding it being pricey and expensive.

    This store comes across to me as a "chancers opportunity". Open shiny new store in Central Brixton now it's all genteel, sell overpriced tacky clobber to the masses!
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  15. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    I walked past on Friday night and the only person visible was a bored looking security guard. The clothes did look really tacky..
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's only there to make a few quid and add some branding before the horrendous luxury living development gets pushed through.
  17. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    ED, Ah I have not been following this thread thoroughly. So this store will be replaced by luxury flats?
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    With both those corporate megastores closing relatively early, Pope's Road feels really, really dead in the evenings now.
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    From this:


    To this:


    ...in six months.

    Depressing as fuck
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  21. Lambeth Boy

    Lambeth Boy Active Member

    I see his Van Mildert shop has been renamed ‘ Flannels ‘ which apparently sells designer branded clothing at full money which is so Nu-Brixers now especially near Pop & the Village
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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Both shops seem really, really quiet whenever I've passed by. Such a shame how the life has been sucked out of Pope's Road.
  23. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Just bought a new waterproof off tinterwebs via Millets and was surprised to be offered click and collect from sports direct, I declined, when it showed up I was surprised to find Millets, Blacks, and ultimate outdoors are all owned by sports direct, not only that but many of the brands they sell are as well, I thought the essence of capitalism is choice but seems that is an illusion and that one might be buying stuff off Ashley even if you think you're not :mad:
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  24. discobastard

    discobastard Well-Known Member

    They own a lot of old clothing brands too. Places and brands to avoid...

  25. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Thx.....gonna be getting busy with some gaffa tape tomorrow. :thumbs:
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  26. northeast

    northeast Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the list, it's ever growing. You learn to spot a Sports Direct owned shop after a while, the brand is very efficient and pretty much always uses the same "sale" branding... and they always have a sale on! Those neon green or orange ones.
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