Cabot Crunch

Just one week after the Post greeted the opening of Carboot Circus with the most ridiculous and uncritical hype they are today reporting the first closure of one of the luxury stores as the economic crisis begins to bite the retail sector.

A luxury clothes shop which opened its doors at Bristol’s new Cabot Circus shopping centre just a week ago is set to close within days.

Hardy Amies, the upmarket tailor which once made dresses for the Queen, was yesterday appointing administrators to seek a new owner after running into financial difficulties.

It opened a new store – its sixth in the UK – in Quakers Friars last week, which employs six staff. Its ranges for men include ties at £55 each, and jeans which cost £145 a pair.

The company had to suspend trading in its shares a week ago, on the day after its Cabot Circus store opened. In a statement, the company said it had since been approached by various parties interested in helping solve its funding difficulties but had been “unable to finalise an offer that would secure the future of the company.”

Perhaps the Post will live to regret last week’s moment of madness, devoting so much space to praising the cathedral of consumerism at a time when many Bristolians face serious economic hardship.

Maybe they will come to regret comments like this from September 25th,

It’s remarkable how a development like Cabot Circus can still provoke the ‘glass half empty’ mentality in some people.

Read discussions on the internet, scan our letters pages, in fact any public forum discussing Bristol issues, and there will be small numbers of very vocal people telling us all why CabotCircus won’t work and why we shouldn’t shop at Harvey Nichols.
There’s a simple answer to these people – don’t go.
For the rest of us, Cabot Circus is a fantastic opportunity, a symbol of economic growth at a time when the country is in financial turmoil.

The people who have a decent employment future and good job prospects will hardly be thinking the new centre is a bad idea. Why put a dent in their aspirations?

Some of the upmarket stores may be beyond the reach of many people, but they bring a glamour which the city has never had. If that fails, just chuckle and accept them – it’s not your money.

Or, perhaps they will just continue uncritically regurgitating corporate PR, pushing manufactured hype and refusing to join the dots. At crisis times like these the ruling class come to rely ever more heavily on their corporate media machine to promote their sinking system, and the Post is doing a pretty good job of that right now.

Bread and circuses . . .


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4 Responses to “Cabot Crunch”

  1. Ella Says:

    I find it kind of disguting the way the reporting of Cabot Circus, from editiorals in the evening post (which sound like they were written by a year 10 English Student) to general statements and articles all talk about the upmarket stores like above. Admitting most people in your city cannot afford to shop at these stores is for one saying you do not care about individuals financial states or hardships and two is saying ‘Look but don’t touch, peasants’ in a hideously insulting, saying they make the city ‘glamourous’ and worthwhile. Why don’t you all just fuck off?

  2. Chris Hutt Says:

    It makes my day when one of the Carboot Circus shops fails. I’m looking forward to the winter of their discontent (and my content). Carboot Circus is a celebration of values that have no place in the 21st Century.

    Our overriding priority must be to learn to live in relative harmony with the ecosystems on which we depend, to reduce our demands and embrace sustainability. Carboot Circus sticks two fingers up to all that, slavishly supported by a Council that has the gall to aspire to be a green capital!

    Carboot Circus says it all in the way that it presents an austere wall of concrete (its arse, figuratively speaking) to the poorer people living in St Paul’s and St Jude’s while opening up to Broadmead and those who arrive from afar by car. It emphasises more than any other recent development in Bristol the growing divide between the haves and have nots.

  3. Dona Qixota Says:

    “Some of the upmarket stores may be beyond the reach of many people, but they bring a glamour which the city has never had. If that fails, just chuckle and accept them – it’s not your money.”


    1720, “magic, enchantment” (especially in phrase to cast the glamour), a variant of Scot. gramarye “magic, enchantment, spell …”

    1. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: hex]

    Watch out when the spell breaks!

  4. Jonah Says:

    I’ve had friends stopped from eating/smoking and taking photos there.

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