Bennetts, Ashbourne's biggest independent shop, has gone into administration. The 300-year-old company, which also has a department store in Iron Gate, Derby, is set to continue trading as a going concern, according to administrators. A small number of redundancies will be made. Administrators Bridgewood Financial Solutions Limited has taken over the management of the company. It issued a statement today stating they hope to find a buyer for business. They say the store's loyal customer base has not been sufficient to sustain it through a challenging period on the high street. Weakening consumer confidence, online competition and escalating costs have created a perfect storm for Bennetts. The firm added that a small number of redundancies would have to be made while options for the store's future are assessed. Paul Mallatratt, joint administrator, said: “Bennetts is an iconic retail brand which, over many years of trading, has earned a reputation for offering good quality … [Read more...] about Town centre shock as Bennetts goes into administration
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This great view, above, was taken in the heart of Derby's town centre 60 years ago. It is, of course, the junction of Victoria Street and the Cornmarket, with the Royal Hotel dominating the scene and a web of trolley wires overhead. Amazingly, all of the buildings you can see are still standing, with the exception of the Congregational church, which can just be glimpsed on the extreme left. This was demolished not long after this photo was taken. We suspect the image was captured on a Sunday, judging by the complete lack of traffic and pedestrians. A close-up view of some of the buildings in the photo can also be seen in the image, below, which dates to the late Victorian era. This picture was spotted by local history enthusiast Vic Belshaw, who lives in Littleover, in a magazine called Electrical Technical, which dates back to 1894. Vic said: “This very impressive street lamp was located in the Cornmarket, near the junction with Victoria Street. “An appreciation of the … [Read more...] about Royal Hotel building dominates this fabulous 1950s’ view of Derby town centre
This is the dramatic moment that two brave men took an alleged offender to the ground in Long Eaton town centre. The incident, which happened on the canal bridge in Derby Road, Long Eaton, saw two men and a Derbyshire police officer take a man to the ground. According to Erewash Response Unit on Twitter, the two men, who are from Long Eaton, "put themselves in harm's way" to help police. Officers have since asked the men to come forward. The tweet reads: "On December the 4th 2018 following a lengthy foot pursuit, two #LongEaton lads selflessly put themselves in harm's way to apprehend the offender! "Unfortunately we know them only as Denham and Oliver, do you know them? If so please let us know. #Share #WeWantToShowOurAppreciation". A spokesperson for Derbyshire police confirmed to Derbyshire Live that the wanted male was recognised by a police officer and was wanted for "several offences". … [Read more...] about Watch as brave lads tackle wanted man in town centre
Last month we carried a story about the former Albion Restaurant, which was located above the Co-op supermarket on the corner of Albion Street and East Street in Derby. Unfortunately, we did not have a photograph of the building to go with the article and asked if any of our readers had one. Now this excellent WW Winter’s view has been sent in by regular Bygones correspondent and former Derbeian Barry Edwards, who lives in Nailsea. It shows the store when it was new in 1928. The restaurant above the premises became a popular venue in the 1950s and 60s and held cabaret dinners. Stars including Frankie Vaughan, Bob Monkhouse, Dick Emery and Joe Brown and the Bruvvers all performed at the town centre venue. Read More Derby nostalgia stories and photographs As well as the cabaret dinners, the Albion also served up breakfasts, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. … [Read more...] about Who remembers this Derby town centre supermarket?
Police are investigating after a coffee shop was broken into in a town centre street last night. Burglars targeted the property, on Derby Street in Leek, overnight between Tuesday December 18 and Wednesday December 19. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: "If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the Derby Street area during the hours of darkness please call Staffordshire Police on 101 and quote incident 121 of 19/12/2018." It is unclear if anything was taken during the break-in. Police in the Staffordshire Moorlands are also investigating reports a person has gained access to a business in the Clay Lake area of Endon in the past few days. A police spokesman added: "Please ensure that you keep all doors and windows are secured and locked. Thank you." Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know - Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. … [Read more...] about Burglars target town centre coffee shop