food
There’s a New Type of Sainsbury’s For Just Lunch

Sainsbury's is about to try to take ownership of the term "on the go" with a new type of supermarket, one designed solely for people who visit at lunch hours to browse the combination meal deals. Read More >>

business
TSB Graciously Makes Way for 82 New Branches of Greggs

A couple of traditional grim pre-Christmas job scythings are underway at the moment, with staff of the TSB bank and workers at energy supplier Npower currently expecting to receive a nice card from the boss containing a hand-drawn sad-face emoticon wearing a Santa hat and a P45. Read More >>

music
York Shop Bans Christmas Music Already

Some people may be excited about hearing 11 songs on a continual loop again for the next six weeks, but not those who staff posh modern off licence York Gin; where all Christmas music has been banned already, much to the glee of management enjoying both the silence and the burst of publicity from their decision going viral online. Read More >>

business
All 79 UK Mothercare Shops to Close

The [type of people] who buy [the sort of stuff] from Mothercare will soon have to find another place to buy [whatever it is], as the newly-appointed administrator has confirmed that all 79 of the UK branches are to close. There is no emergency, last-minute, probably-Sports-Direct saviour on the horizon, as it's such a loss-maker that no one's mad enough to touch it, not even Mike Ashley after too many massive cups of coffee. Read More >>

money
Mothercare Bankers Throw Administration Out of Pram

We're not exactly Mothercare demographic here so you're forgiven for thinking that the chain went out of business in the same financial shock that took out Woolworths and that first wave of over-leveraged high street businesses more than a decade ago, but no – Mothercare still exists and employs 2,500 people. At time of writing at least. Read More >>

business
Supercuts Plans Own Nasty Financial Haircut

High street hairdresser chain Supercuts is potentially on the way out, as the owner has appointed administrators to sort out the mess of debts and rents and legal battles that are dragging it down and leaving staff dangerously distracted while holding scissors. Read More >>

shopping
WHSmith to Bring Unique Blend of Expensive Water and Outdated Stationery to the US

WHSmith is doing the opposite of going bankrupt, calling in the administrators, sacking staff by automated mass text message and boarding up half the high street, as it's somehow doing so well for money and credit worthiness that it's found and agreed to spend £312 million on purchasing a US-based rough approximation of itself. Read More >>

fireworks
Sainsbury’s Stops Selling Fireworks for Benefit of the Dogs and the Easily Scared

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is being widely praised this morning for not selling something, thanks to bosses taking a decision not to stock any fireworks across the entire group ahead of this year's bonfire night parties. Read More >>

money
Jessops is Today’s Doom-Threatened High Street Name

High street camera chain Jessops, which went bust six years ago but managed to avoid total extinction by selling a few decent assets to TV businessman Peter Jones, is preparing to declare itself bankrupt again and begin a process that could see some of its 46 remaining outlets closed for good. Read More >>

news
Bizarre Newspaper/Bottled Water Promotion to End

The Daily Telegraph will no longer be sold alongside a bottle of water at train stations, airports and your usual WHSmiths-of-last-resort, as plummeting profits at the newspaper group has triggered a rethink in strategy. Read More >>

music
HMV Opens Massive New Physical Shop (?)

Here are some words we never thought would feature in the same sentence again: HMV, opening, physical branch, new, biggest. Because yes, HMV's latest owner is opening a new physical branch of the chain, which it says is to become the biggest entertainment shop in Europe. That's one hell of a lot of Take That CDs and Only Fools and Horses box sets. Read More >>

networks
Vodafone Begins Gentle Exit From Running High Street Shops

Vodafone's chief exec may be about to free up a few high street locations to be turned into branches of Greggs, as the mobile network's boss Nick Read has revealed a plan to close as many as 1,000 of the chain's physical branches across Europe. Read More >>

art
Banksy Opens a Fake Shop for Dull Non-Artistic Legal Purposes

Street artist friend of the super rich "Banksy" is finally opening a high street shop, although there's a catch. A very boring legal catch to do with merchandising rights. Read More >>

shopping
Yes There Are Still Plenty of Shops to Shut on the High Street

Stats tracking the continuing death of the UK's high streets show that 2019 has been an on-message zinger of a year thus far, with 2,870 shops closing across the country's 500 busiest high streets this year. Read More >>

ikea
Police Cancel Mass Ikea Hide and Seek

Scottish police were called to a branch of Ikea outside Glasgow over the weekend, after staff found out that as many as 3,000 locals had arranged via social media to enjoy a potentially record breaking game of hide and seek inside the furniture shop. Read More >>