Sadness at closure of school uniform shop

Sadness at closure of school uniform shop

Sadness at closure of school uniform shop

First published in Business News

RESIDENTS have reacted with sadness to news that  a school uniform shop has closed after 109 years.
 

Henry Taylor, in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, had been based in Waltham Forest throughout its history but has now moved its business entirely online.


In a statement, management said the closure was due to a shortage of stock and the "restructuring" of the business, but they did not elaborate further.


Items sold on its website are being sold at 40 per cent off the shop price.
 

The shop opened in 1903 as a gentleman's outfitters, capitalising on the booming number of commuters living in Walthamstow at the turn of the century who would travel into the City.


They soon added schoolwear along with a tailoring service, remaining largely unchanged until 1978 when management decided to focus entirely on uniforms.


According to the shop's website it will continue to produce its own garments and will continue to visit some schools at lunchtimes.
 

Commenters on the Guardian's website have reacted with sadness to the news.


Commenter 'LakeBreeze' said: “For nostalgic reasons, I find this closing quite sad.


“I remember me and my mum going to Henry Taylor's in readiness for secondary school; first time we'd been held to a super-strict uniform that could only be bought from there. It was weird and exciting and scary all at the same time!
 

“A 'transition' moment in a little kid's life.”


'IsayThat' added: “I went to school in Hackney and my uniform came from Henry Taylor. It was a day out for my mum and I to get my uniform.
 

“[But] Henry Taylor has not gone, they are trading online, which seems a far more economical and sensible way todays market.”


'Helen' from Walthamstow said: “This is quite sad. It is common to buy stuff online, of course, but with growing children it is useful to try clothes on, especially blazers which are expensive.
 

“I passed the shop just before the autumn term started, and there was a long queue outside!”
 

Henry Taylor did not responded to the Guardian's requests for a comment.

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3:32pm Wed 7 Nov 12

RichieA70 says...

A bit desperate WF Guardian! This is just a report about comments on a previous report. Next we'll get a report commenting on a previous report commenting on a previous report...
A bit desperate WF Guardian! This is just a report about comments on a previous report. Next we'll get a report commenting on a previous report commenting on a previous report... RichieA70
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3:54pm Wed 7 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Regurgitating on-line comments from the same report a day old. Slow day in the editorial office? Local News has officially eaten itself! This link to the earlier report may not last.

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Regurgitating on-line comments from the same report a day old. Slow day in the editorial office? Local News has officially eaten itself! This link to the earlier report may not last. http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/10 027692.School_unifor m_shop_closes_after_ 109_years/?ref=mr NDevoto
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9:23pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Angel786 says...

They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers.

They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves.

Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals.

Angel786
They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers. They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves. Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals. Angel786 Angel786
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9:47pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Angel786 wrote:
They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers.

They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves.

Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals.

Angel786
Well, hang on, they have been there for over a 100 years and persevered, through all the changes and increase in crime, loss of any support from adjacent premises in the Arcade Site, Granada, Police, 62% Business Rate Rise under the Leadership of Labour under Councillor Neil Gerrard,

How can you accuse them of making locals suffer?

Have you ever tried to run, against the odds, a business?

Please, I urge you to direct your venom against the Councillors, who, without a doubt, will be voted straight back in, next time round.

Then again, They sell uniforms at a fraction of the cost in well know supermarkets, in big sizes, to cater for the pupils who eat Bargain Buckets and four bags of chips at lunch instead of wholesome food.
[quote][p][bold]Angel786[/bold] wrote: They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers. They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves. Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals. Angel786[/p][/quote]Well, hang on, they have been there for over a 100 years and persevered, through all the changes and increase in crime, loss of any support from adjacent premises in the Arcade Site, Granada, Police, 62% Business Rate Rise under the Leadership of Labour under Councillor Neil Gerrard, How can you accuse them of making locals suffer? Have you ever tried to run, against the odds, a business? Please, I urge you to direct your venom against the Councillors, who, without a doubt, will be voted straight back in, next time round. Then again, They sell uniforms at a fraction of the cost in well know supermarkets, in big sizes, to cater for the pupils who eat Bargain Buckets and four bags of chips at lunch instead of wholesome food. Cornbeefur
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11:15pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Angel786 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Angel786 wrote:
They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers.

They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves.

Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals.

Angel786
Well, hang on, they have been there for over a 100 years and persevered, through all the changes and increase in crime, loss of any support from adjacent premises in the Arcade Site, Granada, Police, 62% Business Rate Rise under the Leadership of Labour under Councillor Neil Gerrard,

How can you accuse them of making locals suffer?

Have you ever tried to run, against the odds, a business?

Please, I urge you to direct your venom against the Councillors, who, without a doubt, will be voted straight back in, next time round.

Then again, They sell uniforms at a fraction of the cost in well know supermarkets, in big sizes, to cater for the pupils who eat Bargain Buckets and four bags of chips at lunch instead of wholesome food.
I have sold a lot of commercial property so I know that there is a lot of money to made on that property especially because of the Arcade Site development that you have mentioned.

If you read the previous article then you will see that there has never been a shortage of customers, particularly when new terms start.

They are clearly still making a profit with the 40% reduction in prices so would have been doing so with the overheads of running the premises.

Having been there for over 100 years they must have purchased the property at a very good price.

I did not accuse Henry Taylor of making anyone suffer, merely that local residents, of which I am one and you are not, will likely suffer as a result of them selling to one of the few businesses that are still making a great deal of money, which tend to be the ones that have a detrimental impact locally, and even that is not an accusation it is a statement of fact that most people would sell to someone who is offering them the most money and there's nothing wrong with that.

The only person I see making accusations is you and they mostly seem to be unfounded which is no doubt why you are referred to as a "troll" in so many comments.

Angel786
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angel786[/bold] wrote: They plan on selling things 40% cheaper online, which is good for customers. They will probably sell the huge double fronted property and turn it into a chicken shop or a bookies and make loads of money for themselves. Once again the only people likely to suffer are the locals. Angel786[/p][/quote]Well, hang on, they have been there for over a 100 years and persevered, through all the changes and increase in crime, loss of any support from adjacent premises in the Arcade Site, Granada, Police, 62% Business Rate Rise under the Leadership of Labour under Councillor Neil Gerrard, How can you accuse them of making locals suffer? Have you ever tried to run, against the odds, a business? Please, I urge you to direct your venom against the Councillors, who, without a doubt, will be voted straight back in, next time round. Then again, They sell uniforms at a fraction of the cost in well know supermarkets, in big sizes, to cater for the pupils who eat Bargain Buckets and four bags of chips at lunch instead of wholesome food.[/p][/quote]I have sold a lot of commercial property so I know that there is a lot of money to made on that property especially because of the Arcade Site development that you have mentioned. If you read the previous article then you will see that there has never been a shortage of customers, particularly when new terms start. They are clearly still making a profit with the 40% reduction in prices so would have been doing so with the overheads of running the premises. Having been there for over 100 years they must have purchased the property at a very good price. I did not accuse Henry Taylor of making anyone suffer, merely that local residents, of which I am one and you are not, will likely suffer as a result of them selling to one of the few businesses that are still making a great deal of money, which tend to be the ones that have a detrimental impact locally, and even that is not an accusation it is a statement of fact that most people would sell to someone who is offering them the most money and there's nothing wrong with that. The only person I see making accusations is you and they mostly seem to be unfounded which is no doubt why you are referred to as a "troll" in so many comments. Angel786 Angel786
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11:54am Fri 9 Nov 12

RichieA70 says...

They used to have a 2 floor shop in what is now the HSBC bank building next to the cinema - I think they still own the site which may explain why it wasn't demolished at the same time as the arcade site.
They used to have a 2 floor shop in what is now the HSBC bank building next to the cinema - I think they still own the site which may explain why it wasn't demolished at the same time as the arcade site. RichieA70
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