Loss of Face for town

AN INTERNATIONAL clothing chain has dropped its plans to open a shop in Romsey’s Hundred.

Fat Face, that has more than 190 stores in the UK and others worldwide, confirmed this week that it has abandoned its plans to open a branch at Stead and Simpson’s former shoe shop.

However, the company hasn’t ruled out opening a store in Romsey altogether.

A Fat Face spokesperson said: “We have decided not to progress with this particular opportunity in Romsey at the present time. However, we remain interested in Romsey and will continue to monitor opportunities in the future.”

The clothing giant refused to reveal the reasons why it has decided not to pursue its plans for the former shoe shop

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6:02pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Romsey Constituent says...

Fat Face probably heard of the snobbish attitude of certain sections of Romsey "society" being extended towards Tesco and decided it was not worth the risk.There are still a few tatty "Say No To Tesco" posters around the town. They seem remarkably ill-advised.
Tesco persisted for seventeen years and have finally opened in Sheringham,Norfolk.
Fat Face probably heard of the snobbish attitude of certain sections of Romsey "society" being extended towards Tesco and decided it was not worth the risk.There are still a few tatty "Say No To Tesco" posters around the town. They seem remarkably ill-advised. Tesco persisted for seventeen years and have finally opened in Sheringham,Norfolk. Romsey Constituent

8:23pm Thu 19 Dec 13

HermesSpeaks says...

My recollection of the newly-vacated Stead and Simpson is of many buckets beneath many leaks, so I hope Fat Face's decision reflects some unattractive cost burden in the site and that its language to reconsider Romsey is honest. I am, however, worried that it is letting us down gently having reassessed the complexion of Romsey and the likleyhood it can support its style-based business. Look at where it has shops now; the company it keeps, generally, is at the higher end of the market. It isn't typically cheek-by-jowl with the staggering array of charity, discount and empty outlets that – if we're honest in turn – dominate the Town. I can't get into the Tesco debate. I sense there's enough to worry about commercial viability in the Town already.
My recollection of the newly-vacated Stead and Simpson is of many buckets beneath many leaks, so I hope Fat Face's decision reflects some unattractive cost burden in the site and that its language to reconsider Romsey is honest. I am, however, worried that it is letting us down gently having reassessed the complexion of Romsey and the likleyhood it can support its style-based business. Look at where it has shops now; the company it keeps, generally, is at the higher end of the market. It isn't typically cheek-by-jowl with the staggering array of charity, discount and empty outlets that – if we're honest in turn – dominate the Town. I can't get into the Tesco debate. I sense there's enough to worry about commercial viability in the Town already. HermesSpeaks

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