Sign announcing "Everything must go"

A Debenhams near you

In January 2020, the UK lost a further 19 Debenhams department stores. More casualties of the British High Street crisis. So, should we put our mourning outfits on?


When people kept coming in to the Shrewsbury branch of Maplin to ask the staff about the store’s closure, the staff had a quick response.

Toys “R” Us

Hear that sound of slamming doors? It’s the final closure of all 100 Toys”R”Us stores in the UK. Around 3,000 people are losing their jobs.

Half-day closing

It used to be the case in the UK that shops closed for half a day in the middle of the week. What a lovely idea. Send all your staff home early for a cup of tea and a nice biscuit. A chance to recuperate from the gallimaufry of the retail world.

The round pound

This coming weekend (October 2017) sees the last days of legality in the UK for the round one-pound coin. Those of us who still haven’t recovered from our pounds disappearing as notes, this seems like dizzyingly rapid change. After all, it was only in 1983 that the round pound arrived, replacing those green pieces of paper.