Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Walk Of The Town

With the latest figures showing the number of empty shops in Ramsgate up from 12.5% to 16.4%, I thought I'd take a toddle around the Millionaires' Playground and assess the damage.

Here on the swish south side of the island we're not as badly off as the seedy north side, where Margate has almost 30% of its retail outlets boarded up. But I did notice one or two outlets have vanished from the scene. I can't think why people wouldn't have wanted a windy milk shake:

I'm not sure if their Boredstares branch has closed too. If it hasn't it probably will shortly along with all the other shops there, if the nuff-nuffs at Kent Highways, who are digging up the high street for the third time in a year, get their way.

It's not all doom and gloom in Ramsgate though. A few things that have popped up in the last six months or so, including this east European food-cum-hairdressers dubbed Baltic Branch:

A nosh shop next to a barbers eh? I tried the haircut, which was excellent, but I passed on the pies. And where else could you see a set of massive, yellow fart farm piles at the end of your shopping trip?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard Tescos plan to move into the upper High Street in Ramsgate was kyboshed by Thanet Council who would much prefer them to concentrate on Arlington Square in Margate.

If true it's yet another example of how we in Ramsgate pay all our taxes to Margate for f*ck all.

Anonymous said...

What about Cribs and Bibs in King Street? That's new even if several other shops have closed down there . Also new sweetshop in George Street.

Anonymous said...

Barber's shop with pies for sale next door? Sounds worrying. It's not a latter day Sweeney Todd's is it? I'd be more careful ECR, it could be more than a very close shave next time!

Anonymous said...

The demise of Margate is just reward for the people of Margate who keep this stinking Council in office.

La Grenouille said...

And you ant to attract us froggies with your new ferry service(s)....

Better you and Michael Child stop publishing the grot.

amadi_construction said...

Things can only get better!
Good luck

Richard Eastcliff said...

Quelle grot, M Grenouille? I'm constantly saying Ramsgate's on the up!

Observant said...

Goight's in Queen Street now closed too