The Anonymous Widower

Rescued By Timpsons

Putting my boots back to go to the Football at around five, one of the laces gave up the ghost.

Timpsons? Surely, they could help.

But I would have to hurry, as it shut at six o’clock. I suppose the good peoiple of Manchester have to get up early to work in the satanic mills, so shops close early.

I eventually found a Timpsons in the Arndale Centre and for a few pounds, I got some new laces.

As the price included fitting, that must be three cheers for Timpsons!

As I left the Arndale Centre, many shops were closing.

Could the decline in High Street sales be partly because opening hours no longer fit the times, when the public now want to shop?

I regularly shop for everyday needs in the evening, if the television is rubbish and will go out for a snack supper to say a Leon or Carluccio’s and then perhaps pop-in to a Marks and Spencer to get food for a few days or perhaps some clothes from Eastfield. Usually shops in Inner London close at nine or ten.

My local M & S foodhall in Dalston, which is shutting at ten tonight, is just two bus stops away.

Perhaps, more people need to live in City Centres to revive them?



November 5, 2019 - Posted by | Food, World | , , , ,


  1. “My local M & S foodhall in Dalston, which is shutting at ten tonight, is just two bus stops away.” Outside London many evening bus services have been withdrawn, which may help to explain why shops see no point in staying open after six. When I visited Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds recently, the last bus back to the rail station at Moreton-in-Marsh was around 5.30. Even more irritating, the bus was timed to arrive at the station about 5 minutes after the London train had left, meaning nearly an hour’s wait for the next train. Moreton-in-Marsh was already virtually deserted in the early evening and, needless to say, there were no coffee shops, or indeed few other shops, still open. Fortunately, we found a pub which served coffee.

    Comment by JohnC | November 7, 2019 | Reply

  2. Local shops tend to shut at 5.30 or 6.00, but there are many “shop local” supermarkets. For example Cheadle high st shops are often closed at that time, but there is a Sainsbury’s local, and lot of food outlets for people to get meals. There are also a lot of charity shops and several vape shops. Timpsons closes at 5.30 or 6.00, but there is one in the big Sainsbury’s, no idea what time that closes.

    For late night shopping it is Trafford Centre, where the shops are open until 10.00 pm, with restaurants open much later than that. Not sure about Leons at that time, because it is in the main mall; entry into The Orient, where the food and entertainment is situated, is closed off after the stores close.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 7, 2019 | Reply

    • Trafford Centre was no good to me, as I was staying by Victoria without a car! Can anybody live in Manchrster without a car?

      Comment by AnonW | November 7, 2019 | Reply

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