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    Default Oh No! Fosters sold

    Angling Direct have just bought Fosters of Birmingham.

    One of the best tackle retailers has now become part of a huge business - I fear the worst, but let's wait and see.

    Ralph.
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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    That's a shock, I was in there the other week and didn't get the usual friendly service in there the chap that served me was a miserable bu$$er, maybe that will change with the new owners
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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    Quote Originally Posted by thecrow View Post
    That's a shock, I was in there the other week and didn't get the usual friendly service in there the chap that served me was a miserable bu$$er, maybe that will change with the new owners
    Maybe he knew what was coming.

    From being the largest independent tackle shop in the UK, it will now become just a part of a much bigger 'box-shifter' I assume the new owners will replace the excellent staff with lower-paid workers with limited experience. I hope I am wrong but it seems to be the way retail is going all over the world.

    With multinational retailers like Toys-R-Us, in the USA, filing for bankruptcy at this time of year I can understand why the owners of FOB have decided to sell.

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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    The place always felt less friendly right from the first move from the smaller place in kingstanding to the larger place a mile down the road where you could never park, less intimate, where they are now is a bit cliquey with some that worked there preferring to lean on counters talking to mates rather than serve customers who were standing waiting to be served, I prefer Banks and Burr in rugby and at about the same distance for me from both its only when I was in the brum area that I would go to Fosters because of this attitude, maybe some of them will wish they hadn't been so bloody rude now that it could be to late for them but I doubt it.
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    I'm sorry to hear that. Only bought a few items, but always good service and price. Last year, after a mail-order cock-up, they resolved it very much in my favour. The sort of flexibility and discretion I associate with independent shops, and not available at the sorry-that's-company-policy Tesco-type giants.

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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    I visited an Angling Direct store at the weekend it carried loads of stock but it would appear that this one was aimed solely at the carp angler very little tackle for other species and not very helpful staff. Hopefully your one will be different.

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    I've used Angling Direct's online shop quite a bit. Service has always been good and prices seem about right.

    Not had any experience with Fosters

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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    I can't get upset about a tackle shop I never visited, and never found a good reason to mail order from, being bought. That might be different if it was being closed down or was more local to me.

    It's not that long ago that AD bought Climax. That was a shop that I'd visited and mail ordered from. I didn't manage to come close to getting my knickers in a knot over that one either. (Though the knowledge that certain brands would be cleared for rock bottom prices at certain times is sadly defunct)

    I've never visited an AD shop. I have bought the odd item from them, but not regularly. When it comes to what appears to be their closest competitors, Fishing Republic, I've never knowingly bought a thing from them. I did visit one of their more northerly branches, but was deeply unimpressed.

    The only issue I have with the multi-outlet/mail order big boys is the homogenisation of the market (and prices). So many of their shops seem to be packed to the gunnels with budget gear from the same old brands. Finding top line stuff, or gear from "minor" brands is getting harder and harder.

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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    I visited the shop a few years ago and was impressed with the staff; they all were knowledgeable anglers who seemed to be well schooled in customer service.

    I do hope the place doesn't change too much now . . . . .

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    Default Re: Oh No! Fosters sold

    Watched this happen when Jessops started buying out lots of indie photography shops, professional expert staff replaced by kids, really saddens me.

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