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30 May 2016
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Taking Shape Australia
BACK in 2013 the company had 130 stores
in Australia and New Zealand and was launching 30 High Street shops in the UK,
as sales for plus size fashion clothes ranges grew. But now they are pulling out
of the UK high streets and just going online. The Australia firm who has a
tagline:- "We're not afraid of colour, bold prints or getting dressed up"
it appears, could not use its "little bit of Aussie attitude" to
keep its high street retail going. The Lord Street, Southport retail shop was
one of the firm’s shops that opened back in 2013, selling their line of plus
size clothing in sizes 14-26, but it is now about to close. A statement in the
window of the Southport Shop says:- "It is with great sadness, that we
have made this decision to withdraw Taking Shape's retail presence in the United
Kingdom. This was a business decision that was not taken lightly and over the
course of coming weeks we will commence exiting from our store portfolio. Taking
shape will however, still be available online to service its valued customer
base in the UK and EU, via:- TakingShape.com We are thankful to all our
customers who took a little company from Australia, into their heart and their
wardrobe. We have enjoyed helping you celebrate your curves for the past 2 and a
This pulling out of UK is seen as mostly down to the poor store trading, thanks
to a growing internet savvy client based. But it is also down to the ever
growing costs UK shops are being forced to pay, from huge rents and wage bills,
to ridiculous demands to comply with more and more red tape. Whereas internet
based firms often have less issues and costs to deal with. This again is a major
blow to our high streets, not just in Southport, but throughout the UK. "I
think everyone was shell shocked. This is really upsetting for all the lovely
Taking Shape store staff." a member of staff who did not want to be
named told us. So what are your views on this retailer specialising in
‘fuller figured fashion’ changing its business profile? Please email us
News24@SouthportReporter.com with your views... Also are you affected
by the closure of the stores? Will our high streets become just place to meet
for coffee and to eat out in? What are your views on the future of our high
streets? Interestingly on 27 May 2016, the company’s
website had major problems. “The
unprecedented volume of traffic on our website has created some delays”
a notice on Facebook read.
So just how important is it to buy in a shop and is it better than buying
online? We would love your views on this as well!
Letters to Editor:- "Jemma Cottier Charity
"JEMMA Cottier, was aged 42, a mother of
3, and assistant head of
the English department at Greenbank High School.
In December 2015 she suffered a catastrophic stroke, in the week leading up to Christmas 2015 and
sadly passed away on the 8 January
2016. We are hoping to put on a charity race night as a way of celebrating this
life and raising funds for The Walton
Centre, where she received excellent care. There will be a raffle with prizes
from various local restaurants and shops. The event will be held on:- 20
August 2016, from:- 7pm onwards, at the:- Vincent Hotel, Lord Street, Southport,
Merseyside. Ticket Price:- £30 and can be purchase tickets via:-
Also if any of your readers can help with raffle prizes, please contact
me via Southport Reporter." said Lucy Cottier, in an email to our
Editor, for our readers.
Exclusive interview with
both Miss Liverpool 2016 & Miss Liverpool Region 2016
WE have had the honour of being the 1st media group to
interview Miss Liverpool 2016 after her win and also the new Miss Liverpool
This year’s winner of the converted Miss Liverpool Title, was the stunning 17
year old, Molly Mcentee-Morris. She will now be going into the Miss England,
Finals, with the chance of representing the Country in Miss World later this
year. This year’s Finals will be held in Southport, in July and we will have
more about that very soon. The other contestant, whom we have interviewed in
this footage, was the delightful Elle Ward, who is aged 19. She was given the
title of 1st Place Runner Up, and will now be going to this year’s Semi Final of
Miss England, as Miss Liverpool Region. If she is successful at the Semi Finals,
she will join Molly in Southport. Both of these girls are extremely friendly and
a pleasure to meet.
This was the 1st time that they were interviewed by the
press, and both were nervous. We can say they shouldn’t be, for they are
extremely down to earth girls who are a credit to the area. We look forward to
working with them and seeing more of them throughout the year. Let’s hope they
or the yet to be found Miss Southport win this year’s Miss England… Both Elle
and Molly will be fantastic ambassadors for Liverpool. Already Molly started when
she popped over to the Rock ‘n’ Role Marathon to cheer both her friend, Ann
Holmes, and the
Miss Liverpool Organisers daughter, Andrea Hughes, who where running in the
event. Sadly, she missed both of
them crossing the finishing line, as she was stopped on-route for photos, lots
of photographs. As she posed for the photos, she managed encouraged those
attending to look around our fantastic City and thanked them for visiting! You
will be able to meet both of them at this year’s Woodvale Rally, which runs
during 18 and 19 June 2016. We have not yet got the time for their appearance,
but it will be put on the Rally’s Facebook Page and
Twitter Accounts very soon.
FACT FILE:- Did you know? That the Miss Southport Finals are on Sunday, 5 June
2016, at 12pm midday. For more information about Miss Southport visit:-
Also did you know that the last Miss Southport was Brea
Carney-Jones, in 2012?
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