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PEP&CO – Britain’s fast-growing fashion brand, has confirmed it will open its 87th store as a ‘shop-in-shop’, in Ipswich on Friday March 31.
Feel free to comment on IPSWI.2 months ago #3290
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Yes will be nice have clothes in poundland but thing is people in get cheap items not to look at the clothes can cost more they one pound it have see to if it work not2 months ago #3291
I know nothing about PEP&CO (pepsico?) but I am assume their price points are aligned similar to Primark and George ASDA.
It is of great disappointment that they don’t believe in their brand and the town of Ipswich (and other locations nationwide) to have a dedicated shop for the clothing. Seems silly for a shop where everything is £1 except the clothes.
Sailmakers has various empty units including some close to Iceland and the Tower Ramparts entrance (bus station).2 months ago #3297
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“PEP&CO has the benefit of being backed by the large South African retail group, Pepkor. The group was established in 1965 and now employs over 32,000 people in 3,800 stores across Europe, Africa, and Australasia. Find out more here.
Pepkor is a South African based investment holding company with retail interests in Africa (where it trades in twelve countries), Australia and Eastern Europe. The group, established in 1965, manages a portfolio of retail chains focused on the value market and selling predominantly clothing, footwear and textiles. Its main operating subsidiaries are Pep and Ackermans in South Africa, Best & Less in Australia and Pepco in Poland. The group trades from more than 4 600 stores and employs close to 44 000 people.”
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very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 month, 4 weeks ago #3320
Are they stores or concessions? Pep&co is having mostly concessions within Poundland across the UK.
It is sad how Sailmakers allowed Poundland sublease space to a sister company rather than getting them to take a empty unit; shows they are compromising to keep the newly launched shopping centre brand fresh and relevant.1 month, 1 week ago #3518
I went into a PEP&CO store (not specifically – was in the shopping centre) since.
Very cheap. Clothes items from £2-3. Quality to match. 2 employees – possibly an undercover shopper/security (not SIA). Upselling £1 bags. Not a single person buying items purchased a bag (didn’t look like they did normal 5p plastic bags). Didn’t seem to sell much but quite popular footfall.1 week, 5 days ago #3998
News today that another Poundland store (Carr Street) will have the “shop-in-shop” PEP&Co “Fashion” this Friday 12 May.
Surprisingly, neither council leaders, parliamentary candidates, Ipswich Central CEO or celebrity are opening the store…
I laughed that Sailmakers are being credited for the shop-in-shop in the article below rather than in Poundland unit. Any excuse to bump up tenancy numbers…1 week, 5 days ago #4003
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they guy must have had his fingers crossed and tongue firmly in cheek when he said this..
PEP&CO’s managing director, Adrian Mountford, is anticipating that the new shop-in-shop will have a huge impact for Ipswich’s fashion conscious shoppers.
Mind you, sadly it could be true!
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 5 days ago #4004
I haven’t been in Poundland for a while – I only go there from time to time usually for some cheap batteries – so I don’t know how popular the Pep&Co is… it will probably be really popular. Primark has grown in popularity and have assigned “fashion” rather than just cheap clothes. I assume it was typically the place where a parent might buy the kids cheap clothes for running about the house in (before George etc. got popular) and now people go in to buy day-to-day clothes .
The truth is women love to shop and in Ipswich very few are seeing pay rises beyond increases in living costs (including the effect since last years EU Referendum vote) so even buying cheap clothes which won’t last and may only be worn once ticks the box for “retail therapy”.
Disposable income is squeezed and this is why pound shops have been doing well since the recession. The problem Ipswich Central, the council and Ben Gummer etc. hadn’t realised is, despite Poundland having a multi-million pound turnover in Ipswich alone, the strength of that lower-class retail does put off the bigger names. Displacement works only one way, the lower-class brands remove the higher-class brands… (i.e. GAP, Next etc) higher-class brands don’t come in to take out lower-class brands. It is this attitude from the local authority and MP, which has persuaded people to go Bury St Edmunds, Norwich or elsewhere to shop.
Some town centre retail heart boost recently which I have put down to the University catalyst effect… but we have seen some lower-class retail leaving such as Q&D. We can have both as a town but they need to be zoned. Of course, Sailmakers didn’t want to become a “cheap shopping centre”… but if they went through that route, they would have been full and very popular. Those who didn’t want to use them could stay well clear. Ultimately, Crown Car Park should have been rebuilt years ago to a larger capacity than before (900 spaces?) and Park & Ride should have been a priority.
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