Saturday, September 12, 2020

A new chapter in Nairn's retail history

 The Home Bargains store is open at Balmakeith. Definitely more choice for consumers in the town now and this is the type of store that people travel out of town to visit, jobs have been created too. There are worries however of potential impact on the High Street. 


Update: been up this evening and that was a very good experience. Bargains yes, well worth a look and traffic light entry system if things get too busy. Verdict - will be back.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with healthy competition,

Anonymous said...

Implications for the High Street? If the flats go ahead, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Bob said...

So, you Graisg, will be party to the ongoing demise of the High Street?

Graisg said...

Probably am every time I go online and buy stuff anon. I used to go to Home Bargains in Inverness a lot before lockdown - won't have to do that anymore and there are people in work up there at Balmakeith. I still spend money in the High Street too. Let he without sin cast the first stone.

Shop 'til you Drop said...

Genuine question - I've never been to a Home Bargains - what do they sell that you can't already get on Nairn High St, or do they sell the same stuff but cheaper?

Graisg said...

Probably a fab place for the next round of panic buying. A lot of stuff you would get in Nairn shops and a lot of stuff you would get in Inverness shops. It's a bit of an out of town experience really, just like Sainsbury's still is to this observer, the sort of place one had to travel a good distance too before. A quilt or a tin of sardines, some grapes or some toys for the bairns, some shampoo or some gardening tools and so on, some marmite or some hand sanitiser...

Shop 'til you Drop said...

That's another good reason for ensuring the town centre parking remains free then.

Anonymous said...

Yes, all of which you can buy in the High Street, what a waste of space. No wonder the ice caps are melting, consumerism has risked the future of this planet, and some folks believe they have "green" ethics?

Anonymous said...

For the person concerned about environment, the home bargains shoppers from Nairn burn a lot of fossil fuel, emit nasty exhaust fumes travelling to Elgin or Inverness stores. So although not perfect sure is a lot less. Also:
People are employed, thus adding to the economy, lots of items and prices I doubt you can find on High streets.