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Yes Loppy, the major problem was the tv rental cash cow had gone by the '80s. Electricals had stabilised in price and in real terms were dropping, hence profits too. 

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Being big and one of the first will have been their problem.

They will have got too complacent over the competition and ignored them.

Then as above probably misssed the obvious that the rental market was disappearing.

Did Wigfalls rent out other domestic appliances?

 

I rented my first T.V (black and white) in 1972 from Southwell T.V rentals, a young upstart in the T.V business.

Only 1 shop / depot I believe, but covered the whole of Notts.

Upgraded to a colour after a couple of years, kept that a couple of years then bought a colour T.V.

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On 6/15/2020 at 10:13 AM, Cliff Ton said:

hideous, dull, sickly dark green. I'd like to meet the person who thought it was a good idea.

For a moment there a thought you were talking about the Lettuce!

Is that shade of paint known as gherkin?

 

There was a burger joint roughly next to what became M'donalds, Wheeler Gate side.

It was called Mavericks, pool table upstairs, this was about '83.

 

Pretty sure Mc predated Burger K in Nott's, which was the first one? I was thinking Clumber St?

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Clumber St was the first Mc D’s in Nottingham but I can remember the year but late 70s to early 80s it’d be. Burger King came much later -around 1989 I believe.

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I was a Maverick Wimpy Golden egg as a child/teen..

I do recall being disappointed when MC seemed to be everywhere, can't recall visting one before "85....& only about 6 times since....the fillet of fish was OK..

 

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6 hours ago, TBI said:

Yes Loppy, the major problem was the tv rental cash cow had gone by the '80s. Electricals had stabilised in price and in real terms were dropping, hence profits too. 

There was a place that survived, roughly facing the St Peters church, next door but one to Either Weathermans or Flittermans, very small in comparison, could have  been possibly Radio rentals or fusion, picked up a recon' video recorder there for £35 with a 3 month guarantee about '97, clapped out after about 5 months, but served its purpose.

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Yes, I remember that shop HSR, but can't place the name.... Radio Rentals was always at the top of Friar Lane.

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Where's man of Nottingham knowledge Dawson when you need him?

He'd tell you exactly where all these Wimpy bars where & probably a picture or two?  

And certainly no knock knock jokes :Shock: Nottstalgia scraping the last dregs of the barrel :Shock: The slow death, Knock f'in knock.   

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In the mid Sixties couldn't afford clubs and pubs so used to have a weekly coffee in the Wimpy at the bottom of Huntingdon Street, just down from the Central Tavern.

Seems as though Ian has been deplatformed, the way of the World it would seem nowadays.

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23 hours ago, Commo said:

In the mid Sixties couldn't afford clubs and pubs so used to have a weekly coffee in the Wimpy at the bottom of Huntingdon Street, just down from the Central Tavern.

 

Where was that? What’s on the site now?

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On 6/16/2020 at 9:11 PM, Boris The Bear said:

https://images.app.goo.gl/GpYyF7MjyHUNsMd38

 

You can can see Wignalls on exchange walk that is now McD’s at the edge

 

does anyone remember when the big Burger King outside Vic centre used to be a Wimpy? Don’t think it was for very long...

Wignall's ?

Methinks you're a Forest or Stags fan Boris. Frank Wignall was an old fashioned centre forward much loved in Nottingham in the 60s. Even I, a staunch Notts County fan couldn't help but admire him.

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Frank Wignall used to have a petrol filling station on the Nottingham side of Burton Joyce. Footballers had to find a proper job after retirement back in those days!

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25 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

Frank Wignall used to have a petrol filling station on the Nottingham side of Burton Joyce. Footballers had to find a proper job after retirement back in those days!

I remember Ian Storey- Moore’s Bookies shop in Bingham. Now he was a winger.

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Frank Wignal's first garage was on Wollaton Street below Canning Circus .

I was an apprentice there in '67. He then moved to BJ.

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Ian Dawson posted quite a comprehensive post about Wimpey but those posts have mysteriously vanished.

Here is an exract I remember correctly.

The one on Clumber St.was 12 shops from Wigfalls. When i stepped out the
Crystal Palace boozer..it was the Nan Kok..immediatly to the left...or
Wimpy was smack opposite the pub...Manfield shoes were next door but one.

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5 hours ago, Mess said:

I remember Ian Storey- Moore’s Bookies shop in Bingham. Now he was a winger.

We went to last year’s Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day special held in the Burton Albion Conference Centre.  Everyone dressed up for the event, lovely meal and wine, all the day’s races on a big screen and a bookie in attendance.  We were on the same table and sat next to Ian Storey-Moore and his wife and although I knew Ian from around town (mostly the 99 Club) many many years ago my husband didn’t realise it was him, (he’s a southerner)  and didn’t know he’d had a bookmakers shop.  While we were studying the race cards Ian was discussing with us the form of various horses.  My husband said to him that he seemed to know a lot about horse racing!   We didn’t come out on top that day but it was good fun.   

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Boris, The Wimpy was on Hunto between the corner of Beck St(?) and the Central Tavern. No idea what's on the site now I'm afraid, last time I was down there was around 1970.

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On 6/20/2020 at 10:50 AM, Commo said:

In the mid Sixties couldn't afford clubs and pubs so used to have a weekly coffee in the Wimpy at the bottom of Huntingdon Street, just down from the Central Tavern.

 

That's interesting, I never knew there was a Wimpy down there. We used to go in Capoccis on Huntingdon St, near Central Market opposite the bus station.

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