Fishing Republic - The End?

Dave

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Good riddance, these companies put independents out of business.

It's not big companies that put independent tackle shops out of business. Tackle shop owners in a lot of instances do not have the business acumen to survive in tough trading times. Often tackle shops arise out of someone's desire to take their hobby one step further without proper business planning or investment.
Once the market starts to get tough, something that is commonplace now within all retail sectors, then the weaker businesses will fail.
Believe it or not there are still a lot of tackle shops that have not yet embraced the internet. I know it's not the be all and all for retailing, but regardless how you approach it, it can still be used to bring attention to your business.
 

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It's not big companies that put independent tackle shops out of business. Tackle shop owners in a lot of instances do not have the business acumen to survive in tough trading times. Often tackle shops arise out of someone's desire to take their hobby one step further without proper business planning or investment.
Once the market starts to get tough, something that is commonplace now within all retail sectors, then the weaker businesses will fail.
Believe it or not there are still a lot of tackle shops that have not yet embraced the internet. I know it's not the be all and all for retailing, but regardless how you approach it, it can still be used to bring attention to your business.
Fair enough comment, a lot of them though were around for many years ran by local matchmen so they're weren't completely clueless, it comes to a point where they cannot make enough money from selling live bait and cannot compete with chains on pricing.
I agree that online sales may have had a impact as well.
 

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As you wrote.."local matchmen"

One of the biggest complaints I used to hear (not as much nowadays) is of people going into the maggot parlours and being ignored by a bunch of blokes hanging around the counter drinking tea and chatting away.
Almost a friend's meeting place rather than a place of business :)
 

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As you wrote.."local matchmen"

One of the biggest complaints I used to hear (not as much nowadays) is of people going into the maggot parlours and being ignored by a bunch of blokes hanging around the counter drinking tea and chatting away.
Almost a friend's meeting place rather than a place of business :)
From my experience it wasn't like that, it was place for local information on venues even as a child, I never remember bunches of blokes hanging around drinking tea just smelly maggots and shiny floats.
 

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The manufacturers don't come out if this lily white either, selling tackle to the big chains for below trade price, which the small independant's were buying at. My friend owns a small successful shop. He said all he wanted was a level playing field. For example he would buy a pole for 800 to sell at 850, the big guns would buy the same pole for 600. No wonder the small independant's are going under.
 

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The manufacturers don't come out if this lily white either, selling tackle to the big chains for below trade price, which the small independant's were buying at. My friend owns a small successful shop. He said all he wanted was a level playing field. For example he would buy a pole for 800 to sell at 850, the big guns would buy the same pole for 600. No wonder the small independant's are going under.
Unfortunately the manufacturers would rather deal with a few large retailers than have the bother of dealing with a number of smaller ones.

It’s a problem facing every small retailer in the country, and why that effing Amazon smiley face thing and new ad does my head in
 

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As you wrote.."local matchmen"

One of the biggest complaints I used to hear (not as much nowadays) is of people going into the maggot parlours and being ignored by a bunch of blokes hanging around the counter drinking tea and chatting away.
Almost a friend's meeting place rather than a place of business :)
Yes Dave, I have been a party to the "matchmens gatherings", but when the prprietor has been busy, have served and advised the customer on purchases.
Have even spent 20 minutes or so answering questioms and helping anglers to understand a water on which I have had some success and / or tackle, rigs. etc.
Probably given more good advice than I have received, but nice to see / hear of improved catches as a result.

Then again, the guys that have had a good result or two, and after being congratulated, are not in the least forthcoming got a mental note, in fact became targets......When you are beating them, and they ask for advice.......Sorry!........What goes round comes round!.
 

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Unfortunately the manufacturers would rather deal with a few large retailers than have the bother of dealing with a number of smaller ones.
Manufacturers discount to increase turnover because they are all suffering from lost business to other sources of tackle supply so this could serve as a wake up call to them, if a shop fails they may lose £20K which they will be insured against anyway in a lot of cases but if a chain fails it could be £200K which could take the manufacturer under too.
 
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Found this on This is Money Website

Fishing Republic last night filed for administration after failing to drum up enough cash from investors to stave off collapse.
The angling company said it was likely that rescue specialist Leonard Curtis would be appointed next week.
 

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Could you decide to go fishing tomorrow and get fresh bait from an internet store?, no, but you can walk into your local fishing shop in some cases at 0730 in the morning and buy fresh bait, all I can say is use them or loose them. Most local tackle shops are run by enthusiastic anglers with loads of local knowledge and advice. I feel sorry for the staff, but if FR wasn’t there in the first place they would be in a different job, probably a local tackle shop.
 

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Found this on This is Money Website

Fishing Republic last night filed for administration after failing to drum up enough cash from investors to stave off collapse.
The angling company said it was likely that rescue specialist Leonard Curtis would be appointed next week.
That is a shame. Best of luck to everyone involved
 
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Good riddance, these companies put independents out of business.
In exactly the same way that supermarkets have killed more or less every market town in the UK?

FR doesn't/didn't really cater for my sort of fishing, and the staff had zero local fishery knowledge.

Annoying to see FR go down the pan when their local branch replaced a friendly, well stocked, family owned independent shop (not that long ago).

However, FR has made fishing more affordable to the masses, through their race to the bottom.

I'll expect a closing down sale?
 

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`How far do you have to go for a tackle shop? Manor Farm Fishing at Biggleswade, which I drive past nearly daily, so could just pop in, has just been sold and the Tackle Barn is closed, except for bait, which will also stop this month. I'm lucky, in that I have a really good small shop, Andy's Angling, 20 minutes away.
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But nowhere to go with a larger range of rods etc, which I can pick up and handle.
 

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The fishing republics near me were in the main had staff from other tackle shops some of which had closed down.
It was not always a good thing either.
 
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It's not the supermarkets that have killed the market towns, it's the Great British publics desire for cheap mass produced food combined with easy parking. It is interesting that for all the French love affair with "Le Hypermarche", they still have lots of traditional food shops and markets, maybe because they consider quality to overide price. With regard to tackle shops I don't see how any small business can hold a stock of poles and other expensive tackle, that will be superceeded by the next one, in less than a year, unless they have exceptional credit or the manufacturer is offering sale or return.
 

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Thirty plus miles to my nearest Fishing Republic (Sunderland) and I only visited twice - both times because I happened to be in the area. I don't recall purchasing anything on either occasion. I won't miss it's physical presence but I did use the online side from time to time - usually when they had a clearance sale on.
Always found them to be excellent from a mail-order point of view - free postage if you spent over nine quid (and who didn't?), quick delivery and goods always well packaged and well protected. Any issues they would always reply promptly to emails.

I can imagine the Sunderland store will be attractive to Angling Direct as they don't currently have an outlet in the north-east. Can't imagine I'll find any reason to actually visit it though. Fortunately we're quite well-served with tackle shops locally - I've got half-a-dozen within a fifteen minute drive and the nearest two are only three or four miles away.

Hopefully the lack of competition won't result in Angling Direct bunging its prices up.

Simon
 

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