The cobblers have been in the E & C shopping centre for about 45 years and I have used it often and found them excellent for advice and repairs. Going in there yesterday spotted a sign that said they were closing March next year, asking why he said the rent,fees etc., would be increasing 500%! and if I heard him right the rent would be £2,500 pounds per week! at those increases how do they expect the small shops to survive...still Tescos will probably take over the shoe repairs, shopping bag sales...the little guys will be pushed out!
Hi. That's such a shame. I don't know the place but had been hoping to find somewhere like that. I recently found the Cobbler's Nest on Redcross Way (southern end). Did need a certain amount of patience as he was understaffed at the time, but repaired well and he even makes shoes. He is also looking for a reliable assistant/colleague so perhaps let your place in E&C know - attempts at advertising the job hadn't produced anyone adequate!
Now the place is going to be refurbished rather than razed, is this the owners' strategy? Price out the smaller tenants so they can knock through and turn it into an identikit corporate mall replete with Starbucks , Pret and suchlike.