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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    Never nice when a business goes down and terrible timing. Good luck to everyone involved.

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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    Likewise, feel very sorry for the staff, especially at this time of year.

    It does make me wonder though about the viability of a limited company offering shares, as a chain specialising in fishing tackle? It's hard to see the tackle industry exactly "booming"... and certainly not in the traditional retail space. There's still Angling Direct doing the same thing I think (and interestingly their share price has just tumbled, probably on the back of this news) but the thing is, when a company is funded this way it needs to always have the capacity to grow... otherwise investors will take their money out and put it somewhere else.

    Interesting comments about local shops and the ever increasing distance. I'm very lucky to have two relatively good tackle shops within a 10 minute drive. However, I don't but much more than bait and a few bits of terminal gear. I do tend to buy rods online (some second hand on ebay, or new there or from other shops). I'm tight and I like a bargain, and rarely are those requirements met when it comes to the rods on display in my local shops.

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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    The days of a small tackle shop in every town seem to be gone.

    There used to be 3 tackle shops within 5 minutes' drive of my house.
    2 have closed and the other is now "carp only".

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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    Quote Originally Posted by JJW View Post
    The days of a small tackle shop in every town seem to be gone.
    That may well be true, but the likes of Fishing Republic and Angling Direct are at least partly responsible for that.

    I believe that the multi-outlet groups, that are also on-line, are not the way forward. I suspect smaller independents in smaller towns bolstered by bigger mail order types in cities/larger towns is a more viable and sustainable model. Perhaps the way Fishing Republic have gone will make overly ambitious investors think twice before trying to dominate the tackle market. I'm not remotely convinced that anglers really want that kind of retail environment.

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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    I can only go by my local angling direct which is 90% carp, 7% course & match, 3% fly & predator

    Living were I do I’m blessed with 15 or more tackle shop to visit within 10 miles from home

    Angling Direct

    Bankside Tackle

    Billy Clarkes

    Decathlon

    D J Angling

    Dawson's Fishing Tackle

    Fishing App Tackle and Bait

    Intake Angling Supplies

    Kerfoot's Fishing Tackle

    Leegem Angling Centre

    Mosborough Tackle Box

    Sean's fishing tackle and bait

    Six AM Tackle & Bait

    The Bait Bar

    Woodseats Angling
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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    Should'nt that be sixteen Chrissh?
    Have you included both shops at Aston springs?

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    Default Re: So the bubble has burst

    Quote Originally Posted by flightliner View Post
    Should'nt that be sixteen Chrissh?
    Have you included both shops at Aston springs?
    Forgot Aston springs & Clowne Angling Supplies take it up to 17
    Last edited by chrissh; Yesterday at 15:36.
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