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Monterey Jacks owner claimed they couldn't get tradesman to carry out the repair work and kitchen upgrades,

 

......at the price they were prepared to pay. Is maybe how that one should have finished off.

 

I've never heard of any other shop or catering establishment who couldn't manage to engage tradespeople in Shetland, sometimes at quite short notice, if they were willing to pay the asking price.

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Just been to the town.  Ian's Fish & Chips is for sale.  I wonder if that is because of the relocation of the school kids.

 

Also, I have just been to Beberly's - which is now World Foods and I quote my daughter "there is a wall of noodles!"

I am thrilled that this shop has returned (when World Tastes, it was heaven).  Best cooking ingredients around. 

Please don't let Tesco ruin them too.

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^ Takeaways relied heavily on the crowds of pissed people wobbling around the street and cross on Friday and Saturday nights to make their packet. That crowd seems to have shrunk to a trickle this last year or two, why, who knows.....but the effects of the lack of their cash are plain to see.

 

Few folk go to the street to get something to eat at anytime, something needs to bring folk to the street and then you can sell them something to eat while they're there.

 

What seems to have been forgotten by those promoting the street, is that if you supply folk with what they want at a price they like, they'll turn up wherever you're sited. Niche businesses and service businesses can then survive on the skirt tails of those customer magnets, the street has been nothing but niche and service businesses now for several years, and its death throes as a result a very obvious and not unanticipated.

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Wonder why the Friday and Saturday night pub goers are stopping going to fast food outlets? Maybe the pubs are starting to suffer too?

 

The school moving will have quite a impact on fast food places and the few shops selling crisps, sweets, juice, etc.

 

Folk are very strange in the way they shop, most of the older generation still like to browse around shops but the younger generation go strait on the internet. In my line, I have seen folk paying two or three times the price for item(s) at the local auction, which I have in my shop for a fraction of the price.

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Returning to Monterey Jacks, I was in there once. The pizza was served on a piece of plastic on top of the pizza box. The music was too loud for an eatery. It was designed as a place for the young where they wanted them in and out as quickly as possible. Neither being young, nor wanting to ram food down my neck at the pace of the music, I decided that once was enough.

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Wonder why the Friday and Saturday night pub goers are stopping going to fast food outlets? Maybe the pubs are starting to suffer too?

 

Its more a case of where are the Friday and Saturday night pub goers going, full stop. Not the street for sure, so both pub and grub places must be feeling it.

 

Not all that many years ago navigating from one side of the cross to the other in any direction took time and skill among the mass of humans that conregated there after closing time on any Friday or saturday night that was anything half decent for weather. As often as not these days the same area is deserted, and you seldom see more than half a dozen folk thereabouts at most at any given time. There used to be queues stretching across the back of Anderson's for the burger van and one out the door of the tattie shop, the New Year crowd these days seldom reaches the size of what used to be regularly seen many Friday and Saturdays.

 

Yeah, there's a few folk hanging around Flint's door and the chippie, and an occasional few heading to the taxis from the Lounge or Grand, but if it wasn't for that Friday and Saturday nights now on the street look little different to Sunday nights.

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The sad thing is that the "Amsterdam street" instate of Commercial street, would probably be the way forward and have Lerwick thriving again.

Nothing sad about it. This is how a capitalist society works. Give people what they want and they will buy it. There is only so much entertainment in charity and bric-a-brac shops. Perhaps we should all be going to the church, but then again the religious “leaders” don't always enjoy a good reputation.

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The sad thing is that the "Amsterdam street" instate of Commercial street, would probably be the way forward and have Lerwick thriving again.

Nothing sad about it. This is how a capitalist society works. Give people what they want and they will buy it. There is only so much entertainment in charity and bric-a-brac shops. Perhaps we should all be going to the church, but then again the religious “leaders” don't always enjoy a good reputation.

 

 

Why go to church when there is no god and all the religious "leaders" do is live off the backs of the common man?

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