Sir Terry Matthews opens 'Wales’ biggest charity shop' in Newport

WALES’ BIGGEST: Sir Terry Matthews at the opening of the St Anne’s Hospice shop in Commercial Street, Newport

WALES’ BIGGEST: Sir Terry Matthews at the opening of the St Anne’s Hospice shop in Commercial Street, Newport

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

HUNDREDS of people were eyeing up the bargains in the city centre yesterday at the opening of what is thought to be Wales’ biggest charity shop.

Billionaire Sir Terry Matthews, owner of the fivestar Celtic Manor Resort, opened the new store in Commercial Street which will raise funds in aid of Friends of St Anne’s Hospice.

Overall manager Laura Buchanan-Smith took on the shop, which is in the old Next clothes shop building, after being approached by the landlord of the building.

The shop building covers two floors and sells clothes, accessories, bric-a-brac, furniture and books. Smarter clothing including bridalwear, dinner suits and vintage clothing will also be sold. Stock is provided through donations and volunteers will staff the shop.

The move comes after the body blows of the loss of a number of chain stores in the city centre - including Next, H&M and the impending loss of Marks & Spencer in January - and urgent calls from hard-pressed independent traders for more outlets to attract footfall and help them survive.

Traders are particularly concerned about the next three years in the city centre ahead of the multi-million redevelopment at Friar’s Walk which has Debenhams as an anchor store.

Prior to the opening, day manager at the shop, Jonathan Hodson told reporters he thought Newport could be brought forward as “a charity shop city”.

When asked if he thought more charity shops should be bought to Newport, Sir Terry didn’t give a direct answer replying: “This is the biggest charity shop in Wales. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think it’s all good.”

He added: “I have known Laura a long time and encouraged her to do this. She is like dynamite.

“I have been observing things and Newport is coming along well. I feel very good about it.”

Ms Buchanan-Smith, who stood as an Independent candidate for the Allt-yr-yn ward in this year’s council elections, already runs two St Anne’s Hospice charity shops in Newport.

She said: “It will bring more customers into town and is something different.

Today has been fantastic. Sir Terry was brilliant.”

Alex Adams, 17, is one of the volunteers at the shop after he has been volunteering with the charity since the summer to gain extra work experience.

He said: “The shop is great and it’s great to see all the people. Laura is marvellous.”

The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm.

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9:26am Thu 15 Nov 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Standby for the usual moaners...
Standby for the usual moaners... Owain Vaughan
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9:47am Thu 15 Nov 12

pinpong says...

Not sure i would want Newport known as charity shop city.At last laura is putting her mind to some useful activity.
Not sure i would want Newport known as charity shop city.At last laura is putting her mind to some useful activity. pinpong
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10:01am Thu 15 Nov 12

Magor says...

Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all.
Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all. Magor
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10:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

pinpong says...

Sir Terry describes Laura as "dynamite" he better be careful that she doesnt explode in his face.
Sir Terry describes Laura as "dynamite" he better be careful that she doesnt explode in his face. pinpong
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10:24am Thu 15 Nov 12

Oriel Bufton says...

Just what Newport needs, another charity shop. My excitement knows no bounds! what a pathetic, and myopic statement, 'charity shop city' the mindless morons running Newport must be laughing their socks off!
Just what Newport needs, another charity shop. My excitement knows no bounds! what a pathetic, and myopic statement, 'charity shop city' the mindless morons running Newport must be laughing their socks off! Oriel Bufton
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10:35am Thu 15 Nov 12

JoJoJoJo says...

Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan. JoJoJoJo
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10:42am Thu 15 Nov 12

gabriel williams says...

at least its another shop in newport as its a dying city,not as many shops there now as there was 6 years ago. i think soon everything will be out spytty retail park. and a charity shop , nothing wrong there , recession busters aint they everyones going to them lately , especially the mtf transexuals like me
at least its another shop in newport as its a dying city,not as many shops there now as there was 6 years ago. i think soon everything will be out spytty retail park. and a charity shop , nothing wrong there , recession busters aint they everyones going to them lately , especially the mtf transexuals like me gabriel williams
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10:44am Thu 15 Nov 12

pinpong says...

JoJoJoJo wrote:
Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
As i said. If she is doing something useful thats great. I remember her in Pill and the chaos she often created. Ron Jones and the labour party were glad to see the back of her.
She has now fallen out with the torys so what next UKIP
[quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]As i said. If she is doing something useful thats great. I remember her in Pill and the chaos she often created. Ron Jones and the labour party were glad to see the back of her. She has now fallen out with the torys so what next UKIP pinpong
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11:03am Thu 15 Nov 12

Adam Jones says...

JoJoJoJo wrote:
Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.
[quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough. Adam Jones
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11:05am Thu 15 Nov 12

Mr Angry says...

Its time for drastic action, the modernSpytty, Harlech and Maesglas retail parks must be demolished and the shops and businesses there forced to relocate to the City centre. With all the restrictions and problems due to listed older buildings, smaller shops etc

(I'm being sarcastic by the way)
Its time for drastic action, the modernSpytty, Harlech and Maesglas retail parks must be demolished and the shops and businesses there forced to relocate to the City centre. With all the restrictions and problems due to listed older buildings, smaller shops etc (I'm being sarcastic by the way) Mr Angry
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11:14am Thu 15 Nov 12

rightsideup says...

Don't lose sight of the fact that this is a cancer charity shop.I hope all the moaners never have cause to avail themselves of the wonderful work done by St Annes hospice!..Keep it up Laura.
Don't lose sight of the fact that this is a cancer charity shop.I hope all the moaners never have cause to avail themselves of the wonderful work done by St Annes hospice!..Keep it up Laura. rightsideup
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11:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
Standby for the usual moaners...
At your service sir ! I've already complained about this, I don't think Newport wants or needs any more charity outlets in our High Streets, the image is depressing, and the Welsh Assembly is going to address the issue too, of these 'charity business's' getting cheap deals on rents and taxes whilst competing with bona-fide private enterprise by selling 40% of their goods brand new. Mathews is hypercritical anyway he wouldn't want them anywhere near his projects ! Too many good causes only dump the onus away from the state to honour its human rights obligations. I don't want any more charity shops,second hand furniture shops, pawnbrokers or bluddy pound shops on the high street, it's killing Newport. No-one will want to invest here with that image. It's unfair competition.
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: Standby for the usual moaners...[/p][/quote]At your service sir ! I've already complained about this, I don't think Newport wants or needs any more charity outlets in our High Streets, the image is depressing, and the Welsh Assembly is going to address the issue too, of these 'charity business's' getting cheap deals on rents and taxes whilst competing with bona-fide private enterprise by selling 40% of their goods brand new. Mathews is hypercritical anyway he wouldn't want them anywhere near his projects ! Too many good causes only dump the onus away from the state to honour its human rights obligations. I don't want any more charity shops,second hand furniture shops, pawnbrokers or bluddy pound shops on the high street, it's killing Newport. No-one will want to invest here with that image. It's unfair competition. Mervyn James
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11:22am Thu 15 Nov 12

sperduti says...

oh dear another charity shop here we dont need any more!!! nor pound shops ! we need decent shops !! , i see hamleys toy shop is opening today in cardiff , i am doing all my xmas shopping in cardiff , i go there very often as there is nothing in newport town , cwmbran puts newport to shame as well !!! its a lovely day out in cardiff plenty of places to eat there is no where to eat here now tiffanys has gone!! the tree in cardiff and decs are wonderful as usual newports tree is terrible its got a cage around it to stop it being vandalised!!!
oh dear another charity shop here we dont need any more!!! nor pound shops ! we need decent shops !! , i see hamleys toy shop is opening today in cardiff , i am doing all my xmas shopping in cardiff , i go there very often as there is nothing in newport town , cwmbran puts newport to shame as well !!! its a lovely day out in cardiff plenty of places to eat there is no where to eat here now tiffanys has gone!! the tree in cardiff and decs are wonderful as usual newports tree is terrible its got a cage around it to stop it being vandalised!!! sperduti
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11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

sperduti says...

Magor wrote:
Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all.
yes it does i agree with you magor!!
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all.[/p][/quote]yes it does i agree with you magor!! sperduti
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11:27am Thu 15 Nov 12

Dai the Milk says...

Mervyn,

Human Rights have nothing to do with charitable causes, especially health issues like cancer. They defend mostly people's freedom of access to things like legal representation and justice and fight against abuses of power around the world. Governments should invest more in Health Services perhaps, research perhaps, but there is never sufficient and people waste so much that more is always needed. Any charity shop for issues such as this can open up in the downstairs of my house if they want to.
Mervyn, Human Rights have nothing to do with charitable causes, especially health issues like cancer. They defend mostly people's freedom of access to things like legal representation and justice and fight against abuses of power around the world. Governments should invest more in Health Services perhaps, research perhaps, but there is never sufficient and people waste so much that more is always needed. Any charity shop for issues such as this can open up in the downstairs of my house if they want to. Dai the Milk
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11:29am Thu 15 Nov 12

pinpong says...

Adam Jones wrote:
JoJoJoJo wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.
Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer.
Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field.
[quote][p][bold]Adam Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.[/p][/quote]Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer. Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field. pinpong
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11:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

JoJoJoJo says...

Adam Jones wrote:
JoJoJoJo wrote:
Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.
Mr Jones, I can't actually recall ever mentioning the shop? I do think it's a shame that people walking into the "city" via High St are greeted by a closed hotel, boarded up shops and pubs. The first shop they see is a charity shop which for me is very disheartening. I have the utmost respect for charity shop volunteers and am a volunteer worker myself (not for a charity shop for a respite home). I'm aware Laura Buchanan does not have the reputation of an angel (probably mostly tittle-tattle) but she is an excellent ambassador for an important local charity which earns my respect bigtime. It's a pity the various entrance routes to the "city" are not more inviting. Cwmbran have lots of charity shops but they seem to get it right.
[quote][p][bold]Adam Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.[/p][/quote]Mr Jones, I can't actually recall ever mentioning the shop? I do think it's a shame that people walking into the "city" via High St are greeted by a closed hotel, boarded up shops and pubs. The first shop they see is a charity shop which for me is very disheartening. I have the utmost respect for charity shop volunteers and am a volunteer worker myself (not for a charity shop for a respite home). I'm aware Laura Buchanan does not have the reputation of an angel (probably mostly tittle-tattle) but she is an excellent ambassador for an important local charity which earns my respect bigtime. It's a pity the various entrance routes to the "city" are not more inviting. Cwmbran have lots of charity shops but they seem to get it right. JoJoJoJo
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11:36am Thu 15 Nov 12

VoiceOfDaPort says...

When they say charity begins at home, I don't think they meant your home city
When they say charity begins at home, I don't think they meant your home city VoiceOfDaPort
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12:29pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

Interestingly the Assembly are actually proposing to do something to limit the number of Charity shops in an area as well as reducing the Business Rates relief they currently pay. Charity shops at present pay just 20% of the full business rates some also get reduced rents. Charity shops can also sell new goods which given they only pay 20% of the business rates and most of the staff work for free means they can undercut local shops

My view is charity shops should not be able to sell new goods and Business rate relief should be 20% at most

To further compound problems for the commercial shops in town centre business rates go up for them as the local council has to recover the 80% discount for charity shops from elsewhere. Given the massive number of Charity shops in Newport that is a huge cost on the commercial store.
In my view there is also a good case to require Charity shops to pay anyone working for them at least the minimum pay rate and that includes people who currently volunteer. These people are of cause free to donate their pay to charity if they so wish.
Interestingly the Assembly are actually proposing to do something to limit the number of Charity shops in an area as well as reducing the Business Rates relief they currently pay. Charity shops at present pay just 20% of the full business rates some also get reduced rents. Charity shops can also sell new goods which given they only pay 20% of the business rates and most of the staff work for free means they can undercut local shops My view is charity shops should not be able to sell new goods and Business rate relief should be 20% at most To further compound problems for the commercial shops in town centre business rates go up for them as the local council has to recover the 80% discount for charity shops from elsewhere. Given the massive number of Charity shops in Newport that is a huge cost on the commercial store. In my view there is also a good case to require Charity shops to pay anyone working for them at least the minimum pay rate and that includes people who currently volunteer. These people are of cause free to donate their pay to charity if they so wish. Bobevans
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12:29pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

Interestingly the Assembly are actually proposing to do something to limit the number of Charity shops in an area as well as reducing the Business Rates relief they currently pay. Charity shops at present pay just 20% of the full business rates some also get reduced rents. Charity shops can also sell new goods which given they only pay 20% of the business rates and most of the staff work for free means they can undercut local shops

My view is charity shops should not be able to sell new goods and Business rate relief should be 20% at most

To further compound problems for the commercial shops in town centre business rates go up for them as the local council has to recover the 80% discount for charity shops from elsewhere. Given the massive number of Charity shops in Newport that is a huge cost on the commercial store.
In my view there is also a good case to require Charity shops to pay anyone working for them at least the minimum pay rate and that includes people who currently volunteer. These people are of cause free to donate their pay to charity if they so wish.
Interestingly the Assembly are actually proposing to do something to limit the number of Charity shops in an area as well as reducing the Business Rates relief they currently pay. Charity shops at present pay just 20% of the full business rates some also get reduced rents. Charity shops can also sell new goods which given they only pay 20% of the business rates and most of the staff work for free means they can undercut local shops My view is charity shops should not be able to sell new goods and Business rate relief should be 20% at most To further compound problems for the commercial shops in town centre business rates go up for them as the local council has to recover the 80% discount for charity shops from elsewhere. Given the massive number of Charity shops in Newport that is a huge cost on the commercial store. In my view there is also a good case to require Charity shops to pay anyone working for them at least the minimum pay rate and that includes people who currently volunteer. These people are of cause free to donate their pay to charity if they so wish. Bobevans
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1:20pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

pinpong wrote:
Adam Jones wrote:
JoJoJoJo wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.
Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer.
Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field.
These Charity shops are putting the other stores out of business as there is no way they can compete against charity shops that pay only 20% of the business rate and employee people at ZERO pay. They also get tax benefits when seling new goods. To compound it every new or larger charity shop pushes up the business rtaes for the other shops(Well the Council has to make up the 80% of the business rate they loose on charity shops)

To further compound it they put people out of jobs as they other stores are forced to close.


Another question is should charity shops be allowed to employ people at below the minimum wage (The charities will argue they dont employ them)
[quote][p][bold]pinpong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adam Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.[/p][/quote]Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer. Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field.[/p][/quote]These Charity shops are putting the other stores out of business as there is no way they can compete against charity shops that pay only 20% of the business rate and employee people at ZERO pay. They also get tax benefits when seling new goods. To compound it every new or larger charity shop pushes up the business rtaes for the other shops(Well the Council has to make up the 80% of the business rate they loose on charity shops) To further compound it they put people out of jobs as they other stores are forced to close. Another question is should charity shops be allowed to employ people at below the minimum wage (The charities will argue they dont employ them) Bobevans
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1:20pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

pinpong wrote:
Adam Jones wrote:
JoJoJoJo wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.
For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.
Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer.
Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field.
These Charity shops are putting the other stores out of business as there is no way they can compete against charity shops that pay only 20% of the business rate and employee people at ZERO pay. They also get tax benefits when seling new goods. To compound it every new or larger charity shop pushes up the business rtaes for the other shops(Well the Council has to make up the 80% of the business rate they loose on charity shops)

To further compound it they put people out of jobs as they other stores are forced to close.


Another question is should charity shops be allowed to employ people at below the minimum wage (The charities will argue they dont employ them)
[quote][p][bold]pinpong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adam Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: Although Newport "city" is nothing more than sad and pathetic I feel nothing more than admiration for Laura Buchanan. Judging by the tatty shop owned by St Anne's in the market they must be over the moon to have a new one and it being run by someone who is not afraid to kick ****. I have respect for that woman all day long and only hope other charity shop managers follow her lead. I think Mrs Buchanan's lead should also be followed by the council who seem to be doing a fat lot of nothing to drag Newport "city" centre out of the doldrums. WELL DONE Laura Buchanan.[/p][/quote]For someone who doesn't like that particular shop, you sure do talk about it enough.[/p][/quote]Laura was one of those councillors who did nothing. Follow her lead never. . Its good that she is trying to do something but charity shops especially on this scale are the wrong answer. Would terry matthews allow her to open an outlet at the celtic. NO as for rates i had no idea that they got cheaper ones. If they are going to compete with proper shops then they should do so on an even playing field.[/p][/quote]These Charity shops are putting the other stores out of business as there is no way they can compete against charity shops that pay only 20% of the business rate and employee people at ZERO pay. They also get tax benefits when seling new goods. To compound it every new or larger charity shop pushes up the business rtaes for the other shops(Well the Council has to make up the 80% of the business rate they loose on charity shops) To further compound it they put people out of jobs as they other stores are forced to close. Another question is should charity shops be allowed to employ people at below the minimum wage (The charities will argue they dont employ them) Bobevans
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2:24pm Thu 15 Nov 12

newssmiths says...

dont knock this charity shop, they do such good work for st anne,s hospice, a place close to my heart, remember st anne,s hospice relies on charity, if you want to see the great work they do go and pay a visit
dont knock this charity shop, they do such good work for st anne,s hospice, a place close to my heart, remember st anne,s hospice relies on charity, if you want to see the great work they do go and pay a visit newssmiths
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3:05pm Thu 15 Nov 12

portman says...

I actually go to Cardiff to shop only £3.50 rtn on Newport transport on the x 30.Its £ 4.60 rtn to Lego town (Cwmbran) on stagecoach work that one out!No comparison Cardiff or Cwmbran for a day out!
I actually go to Cardiff to shop only £3.50 rtn on Newport transport on the x 30.Its £ 4.60 rtn to Lego town (Cwmbran) on stagecoach work that one out!No comparison Cardiff or Cwmbran for a day out! portman
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4:48pm Thu 15 Nov 12

JoJoJoJo says...

newssmiths wrote:
dont knock this charity shop, they do such good work for st anne,s hospice, a place close to my heart, remember st anne,s hospice relies on charity, if you want to see the great work they do go and pay a visit
Read what's written. Not one single person had knocked this charity nor any other. I'm a volunteer myself for worthwhile charity and know what it's like. Personally I think St Anne's is lucky to have Laura Buchanan as she obviously raises lots of money for them. I often buy books from her shop near the Handpost where I live, and will continue to do so as long as her shop is there. Doesn't alter the fact Newport could do with some way of encouraging traders into the empty shops instead of just charities.
[quote][p][bold]newssmiths[/bold] wrote: dont knock this charity shop, they do such good work for st anne,s hospice, a place close to my heart, remember st anne,s hospice relies on charity, if you want to see the great work they do go and pay a visit[/p][/quote]Read what's written. Not one single person had knocked this charity nor any other. I'm a volunteer myself for worthwhile charity and know what it's like. Personally I think St Anne's is lucky to have Laura Buchanan as she obviously raises lots of money for them. I often buy books from her shop near the Handpost where I live, and will continue to do so as long as her shop is there. Doesn't alter the fact Newport could do with some way of encouraging traders into the empty shops instead of just charities. JoJoJoJo
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5:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

How can shops and the Indoor market compete against Charities that are given very preferential treatment.

These Charities are only paying 20% of the Business rates. They have almost zero staff costs. THey get tax relief on donations to them and they in some cases get tax relief on new goods they sell.

How can shops compete against that. Even the indoor market cannot compete against them except in areas the charities are not at present operating ie green groceries and meat.

Charities are increasingly encroaching on more and more areas. This one is selling bridalware


There needs to be a limit on them and Business rate relief should be restricted to 20% and any charity shop selling new goods should be required to pay all its staff at least the minimum wage (Volunteers count as staff. If they only sell second hand donated goods then they need not pay the staff.

There also needs to be a limit on the number of charity shops within an area.. I would make it a maximum of 1% of shops in any shoping area can be charity shops
How can shops and the Indoor market compete against Charities that are given very preferential treatment. These Charities are only paying 20% of the Business rates. They have almost zero staff costs. THey get tax relief on donations to them and they in some cases get tax relief on new goods they sell. How can shops compete against that. Even the indoor market cannot compete against them except in areas the charities are not at present operating ie green groceries and meat. Charities are increasingly encroaching on more and more areas. This one is selling bridalware There needs to be a limit on them and Business rate relief should be restricted to 20% and any charity shop selling new goods should be required to pay all its staff at least the minimum wage (Volunteers count as staff. If they only sell second hand donated goods then they need not pay the staff. There also needs to be a limit on the number of charity shops within an area.. I would make it a maximum of 1% of shops in any shoping area can be charity shops Bobevans
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6:47pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

Anyone with half an interest in charities or the charity commissions or read 'third sector' online will know charities ceased to be benign second hand shops run by unpaid volunteers for good causes long ago and are million pound business;s and run on those lines.

The reality is charity staff in head offices are paid in some cases £100K a year with perks.In regards to the human rights angle, I believe that charities set up to to provide services that the state are obliged to run and pay for, but have withdrawn via cuts and spite, are denying that right to care as per the Human rights act, and state responsibility to its sick and vulnerable. Thus throwing people who need help to the vagaries of the tin-rattling chugging Mafioso or our goodwill. We should all be accepting we need to pay more taxes for our vulnerable to get the support they need, and not filling up every high st in the land with mothballs..... One charity spent 50,000 on shop fittings ! that is hardly a good use of our hard-earned and donated dosh. And they still refuse to pay the staff that run them. If they are a business then pay the same as everyone else has to. The Charity Commission is staffed itself by tory lackeys' anxious to offload all support on to the begging bowl, then blame everyone else when it all folds.
Anyone with half an interest in charities or the charity commissions or read 'third sector' online will know charities ceased to be benign second hand shops run by unpaid volunteers for good causes long ago and are million pound business;s and run on those lines. The reality is charity staff in head offices are paid in some cases £100K a year with perks.In regards to the human rights angle, I believe that charities set up to to provide services that the state are obliged to run and pay for, but have withdrawn via cuts and spite, are denying that right to care as per the Human rights act, and state responsibility to its sick and vulnerable. Thus throwing people who need help to the vagaries of the tin-rattling chugging Mafioso or our goodwill. We should all be accepting we need to pay more taxes for our vulnerable to get the support they need, and not filling up every high st in the land with mothballs..... One charity spent 50,000 on shop fittings ! that is hardly a good use of our hard-earned and donated dosh. And they still refuse to pay the staff that run them. If they are a business then pay the same as everyone else has to. The Charity Commission is staffed itself by tory lackeys' anxious to offload all support on to the begging bowl, then blame everyone else when it all folds. Mervyn James
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7:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Like it or not there is a market for Charity shops & there is a choice - use them or don't use them. At the moment a lot of people are deciding to shop there.
Like it or not there is a market for Charity shops & there is a choice - use them or don't use them. At the moment a lot of people are deciding to shop there. Limestonecowboy
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7:16pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

Not. I don't believe the majority of shoppers want wall to wall charity shops in Newport and the rest empty, which is what is happening. There are too many already. It's made Newport even more down-market than it usually is. Charity shops if we must have them should not be on our HIGH STREETS but outside the city centre, or the image is a put off for any investor, who must think at present Newport is full of tramps looking for bedding and a change of clothes. NO self-respecting class business is going to set up in between these shops. Most have left already, his will just drive away the few left. Spytty is their destination because not much chance charity can set up there.
Not. I don't believe the majority of shoppers want wall to wall charity shops in Newport and the rest empty, which is what is happening. There are too many already. It's made Newport even more down-market than it usually is. Charity shops if we must have them should not be on our HIGH STREETS but outside the city centre, or the image is a put off for any investor, who must think at present Newport is full of tramps looking for bedding and a change of clothes. NO self-respecting class business is going to set up in between these shops. Most have left already, his will just drive away the few left. Spytty is their destination because not much chance charity can set up there. Mervyn James
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7:17pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Rugby Warrior Paulo says...

As someone who works in the town centre (can't bring myself to say city), it saddens me to witness the demise of what was a busy shopping area. As Limestonecowboy rightly states there is a market for charity shops but is this at the cost of losing the other shops? Where is there to actually shop in Newport anymore? I'll never begrudge any charity but if there's a rent or rates subsidy availble to charities then surely the same subsidy could be offered to shop keepers in the hope of encouraging at least some to think about opening a shop in the town rather than Spytty Park?
As someone who works in the town centre (can't bring myself to say city), it saddens me to witness the demise of what was a busy shopping area. As Limestonecowboy rightly states there is a market for charity shops but is this at the cost of losing the other shops? Where is there to actually shop in Newport anymore? I'll never begrudge any charity but if there's a rent or rates subsidy availble to charities then surely the same subsidy could be offered to shop keepers in the hope of encouraging at least some to think about opening a shop in the town rather than Spytty Park? Rugby Warrior Paulo
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8:07pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

Quite so let's create some WORK for people, encourage enterprise. But lets do it from a level playing field. Business is being overcharged rates in Newport City Centre whilst charities are getting cut-price, and who bring nothing in employment terms or offer any variety, except if old junk is your bag.... then driving others out. Come back steptoe all is forgiven.... The market is almost empty why not move all these charity shops there ? Let's have some decent shops instead. The whole image is totally depressing. Charity IS driving other shops away,
Quite so let's create some WORK for people, encourage enterprise. But lets do it from a level playing field. Business is being overcharged rates in Newport City Centre whilst charities are getting cut-price, and who bring nothing in employment terms or offer any variety, except if old junk is your bag.... then driving others out. Come back steptoe all is forgiven.... The market is almost empty why not move all these charity shops there ? Let's have some decent shops instead. The whole image is totally depressing. Charity IS driving other shops away, Mervyn James
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8:09pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Dolieboy says...

Looking forward to his Turkeys
Looking forward to his Turkeys Dolieboy
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8:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Are Charity driving other shops away?.. a bit of quick research of troubles faced by retailers;

Comet says it was the internet, JJB sports unable to compete with rivals (& reports say bad management), Clinton Cards say supermarkets & internet, Game say on-line rivals, Past Times & Barretts say difficult trading conditions, Habitat say cheaper rivals like Ikea & many other high str names issuing profit warnings.

Still looking for the reason 'Charity shops'...
Are Charity driving other shops away?.. a bit of quick research of troubles faced by retailers; Comet says it was the internet, JJB sports unable to compete with rivals (& reports say bad management), Clinton Cards say supermarkets & internet, Game say on-line rivals, Past Times & Barretts say difficult trading conditions, Habitat say cheaper rivals like Ikea & many other high str names issuing profit warnings. Still looking for the reason 'Charity shops'... Limestonecowboy
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11:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

YazPad-But says...

Magor wrote:
Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all.
I worked in a charity shop for a while when I was in uni. As well as helping a charity it got me some work experience but it ended up not helping me as I fell out with the lady in charge. She was always dumping on me and moaned when I was unable to work due to my uni course. The charity people won't give me a reference for working there as I fell out with this lady. So charity shop work is not all it's cracked up to be. Hopefully Laura Buchanan-Smith treats her staff better and hopefully Hamley's or someone like them will come to Newport and I can apply for a job!
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Hamleys opens in Cardiff today,Newport gets a charity shop,says it all.[/p][/quote]I worked in a charity shop for a while when I was in uni. As well as helping a charity it got me some work experience but it ended up not helping me as I fell out with the lady in charge. She was always dumping on me and moaned when I was unable to work due to my uni course. The charity people won't give me a reference for working there as I fell out with this lady. So charity shop work is not all it's cracked up to be. Hopefully Laura Buchanan-Smith treats her staff better and hopefully Hamley's or someone like them will come to Newport and I can apply for a job! YazPad-But
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7:51am Fri 16 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

There is strong evidence to link the decline of a shoping areas being caused by excessive numbers of charity shops and excessive subsidise to them.

There is also strong evidence that charties can cause a dependency culture and have an adverse affect in that way.

There is also considerably evidence that overseas charities are have a negative affect on poverty there.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found a link between rural regeneration and urban poverty in Ethiopia. Improving water supplies in villages increased the population, forcing more young people to move to the city slums to find work.

Cities in Ethiopia, one of most rural countries in the world, are expected to double in size over the next 40 years to include 40 per cent of the population.

This explosion in urban living is a direct result of charity-funded projects.


So unfortunatly very many charities rather than improving things make things worse. Much of it is down to charties frequently being run by well meaning but not qualified people. The intentions are good but the results poor.

If you take Newport quite a few business wil have closed partly due to the charity shops.

Charity shops are also moving from small secondary shops to large shops in prime retail space. THey are also expanding the range of good they sell and are increasingly selling new goods. This cannot be sensible.
There is strong evidence to link the decline of a shoping areas being caused by excessive numbers of charity shops and excessive subsidise to them. There is also strong evidence that charties can cause a dependency culture and have an adverse affect in that way. There is also considerably evidence that overseas charities are have a negative affect on poverty there. Researchers at the University of Bristol have found a link between rural regeneration and urban poverty in Ethiopia. Improving water supplies in villages increased the population, forcing more young people to move to the city slums to find work. Cities in Ethiopia, one of most rural countries in the world, are expected to double in size over the next 40 years to include 40 per cent of the population. This explosion in urban living is a direct result of charity-funded projects. So unfortunatly very many charities rather than improving things make things worse. Much of it is down to charties frequently being run by well meaning but not qualified people. The intentions are good but the results poor. If you take Newport quite a few business wil have closed partly due to the charity shops. Charity shops are also moving from small secondary shops to large shops in prime retail space. THey are also expanding the range of good they sell and are increasingly selling new goods. This cannot be sensible. Bobevans
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8:08am Fri 16 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

Oh well, at least this didn't happen five years' ago when we'd have probably had Jimmy Savile down here opening it and then entrusted with the keys to the city(!)
Oh well, at least this didn't happen five years' ago when we'd have probably had Jimmy Savile down here opening it and then entrusted with the keys to the city(!) Katie Re-Registered
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9:42am Fri 16 Nov 12

Furface says...

Newport will just be a town of pound shops and charity shops and neither of these will do anything to regenerate growth back into the City. Shoppers will continue to overlook Newport and shop at Cwmbran and Cardiff without giving Newport a second glance as sadly it has nothing to offer (and who can blame them) and the City will continue to deteriorate.
Newport will just be a town of pound shops and charity shops and neither of these will do anything to regenerate growth back into the City. Shoppers will continue to overlook Newport and shop at Cwmbran and Cardiff without giving Newport a second glance as sadly it has nothing to offer (and who can blame them) and the City will continue to deteriorate. Furface
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10:31am Fri 16 Nov 12

Oriel Bufton says...

London has the Crown Jewels, Cardiff has the Millennium Stadium, Newport has....A Charity Shop!
London has the Crown Jewels, Cardiff has the Millennium Stadium, Newport has....A Charity Shop! Oriel Bufton
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3:51pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Strider says...

The gangs all here all we need now is Disco Dave's and his token typically aggressive response about - "how Towns in place's lPckham have more Charity shops in Newport"

Never understood what towns in England have to do with citys in Wales
The gangs all here all we need now is Disco Dave's and his token typically aggressive response about - "how Towns in place's lPckham have more Charity shops in Newport" Never understood what towns in England have to do with citys in Wales Strider
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3:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Strider says...

This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare..

Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!!
This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare.. Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!! Strider
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6:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

Oriel Bufton wrote:
London has the Crown Jewels, Cardiff has the Millennium Stadium, Newport has....A Charity Shop!
Welcome to junk city..... (Next week soup kitchens.....)
[quote][p][bold]Oriel Bufton[/bold] wrote: London has the Crown Jewels, Cardiff has the Millennium Stadium, Newport has....A Charity Shop![/p][/quote]Welcome to junk city..... (Next week soup kitchens.....) Mervyn James
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6:51pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Rugby Warrior Paulo says...

Strider wrote:
This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare..

Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!!
Is the new shop in Mothercare Laura Buchanan-Smith's as well? Rick Stein and Padstow come to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Strider[/bold] wrote: This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare.. Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!![/p][/quote]Is the new shop in Mothercare Laura Buchanan-Smith's as well? Rick Stein and Padstow come to mind. Rugby Warrior Paulo
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7:23pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Strider says...

Rugby Warrior Paulo wrote:
Strider wrote:
This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare..

Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!!
Is the new shop in Mothercare Laura Buchanan-Smith's as well? Rick Stein and Padstow come to mind.
It's a Youth related Charity shop, sorry can't remember the exact name.. Wouldn't be surprised it's Laura Buchanan-Smith as I saw some of the people from Saint Anne's going in there..

Doesn't Laura own the Charity Shop next to the Market as well?
[quote][p][bold]Rugby Warrior Paulo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strider[/bold] wrote: This Charity Shop relocated from the Bus Station but a new charity shop isopening in Mothercare.. Therefore can some pro Newport lefty tell me how this new charity shop will bring people to Newport? You will do this clearly and constructively no swearing or insults.. Or the usual typically aggressive responce that its your opinion and YOUR OPINION IS FACT!!![/p][/quote]Is the new shop in Mothercare Laura Buchanan-Smith's as well? Rick Stein and Padstow come to mind.[/p][/quote]It's a Youth related Charity shop, sorry can't remember the exact name.. Wouldn't be surprised it's Laura Buchanan-Smith as I saw some of the people from Saint Anne's going in there.. Doesn't Laura own the Charity Shop next to the Market as well? Strider
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7:27pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Poolerkev says...

As was said earlier, Mr Hypocrisy Matthews would not have it near him. I hope the traveller hotel sets him some competition to his millions on the A449.

However, Newport always has been, is, and always will be a dive to shop in. Why are all the big names leaving?Wake up folks!

As for the "city" .... That was definitely the joke of the century.
As was said earlier, Mr Hypocrisy Matthews would not have it near him. I hope the traveller hotel sets him some competition to his millions on the A449. However, Newport always has been, is, and always will be a dive to shop in. Why are all the big names leaving?Wake up folks! As for the "city" .... That was definitely the joke of the century. Poolerkev
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4:29pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Poolerkev wrote:
As was said earlier, Mr Hypocrisy Matthews would not have it near him. I hope the traveller hotel sets him some competition to his millions on the A449. However, Newport always has been, is, and always will be a dive to shop in. Why are all the big names leaving?Wake up folks! As for the "city" .... That was definitely the joke of the century.
ZZZZZZZZzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Poolerkev[/bold] wrote: As was said earlier, Mr Hypocrisy Matthews would not have it near him. I hope the traveller hotel sets him some competition to his millions on the A449. However, Newport always has been, is, and always will be a dive to shop in. Why are all the big names leaving?Wake up folks! As for the "city" .... That was definitely the joke of the century.[/p][/quote]ZZZZZZZZzzzzzz Limestonecowboy
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2:20am Thu 22 Nov 12

aevs74 says...

It is great to see another rectal opening of an alimentary canal in Newport. If this continues(charity shop/discount store town) you never know debenhams may pull out and then where do we go?
Terry Matthews should spend his money on making some improvements to the town centre not making it worse. Lord knows he can afford it!
It is great to see another rectal opening of an alimentary canal in Newport. If this continues(charity shop/discount store town) you never know debenhams may pull out and then where do we go? Terry Matthews should spend his money on making some improvements to the town centre not making it worse. Lord knows he can afford it! aevs74
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