Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018

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The High Street has taken a bat­ter­ing in re­cent years, with some of the most fa­mous shops be­ing lost for ever. None, it seems, is im­mune to the threats posed by our chang­ing shop­ping habits, and one of the lat­est to be in spot­light has been House of Fraser.

Now owned by the Sports Di­rect group, some of the de­part­ment store’s shops will be closed and di­rec­tors and se­nior man­age­ment have been fired.

But at least it’s still there – it could have been added to the list of lost stores which in­cludes busi­nesses once ubiq­ui­tous on our high streets and ap­par­ently too big to fail: C& A, BHS, Wool­worths, Toys­rus, Dixons… it’s a long list.

And they are more than just names, be­hind ev­ery busi­ness on your lo­cal high street, and on ev­ery high street across the coun­try, there are peo­ple, fam­i­lies and liveli­hoods – from small in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses, to huge chains.

And for many of us these stores are bound up in mem­o­ries – child­hood shop­ping trips with moth­ers on Satur­day morn­ings, the first record we bought at Wool­worths, that state-of-the-art tech from Dixon’s that’s now only found in mu­se­ums.

To­day, Ar­mand Beasley is an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned make-up artist with a gal­axy of star name clients. But not long ago he was work­ing on the cos­met­ics counter at Ken­dal’s in Manch­ester, which has been owned for al­most 60 years by House of Fraser.

On page 112 of this is­sue Ar­mand makes an im­pas­sioned ral­ly­ing call on be­half of his former em­ployer, a store which is clearly still very close to his heart. He fondly re­calls his time on the cos­met­ics counter and has some sug­ges­tions for new owner Mike Ash­ley which he hopes will help re­vive the store’s for­tunes.

And if Ar­mand’s words are all the ex­cuse you need to hit the shops, we’ve plenty of in­spi­ra­tion in this is­sue. There are stacks of ideas for your home, some great sug­ges­tions to help you make a head start on your Christ­mas shop­ping, and a bumper fash­ion sec­tion packed with glam­orous looks, glitzy jew­ellery and daz­zling party wear.

“Be­hind ev­ery busi­ness on your lo­cal high street, and on ev­ery high street across the coun­try, there are peo­ple, fam­i­lies and liveli­hoods”

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