Which chain shops, restaurants or bars do you think cardiff is missing?
Some of the obvious ones have come in recent years, with waitrose, john Lewis, those ghastly hollister places, even a vivienne westwood.
What don't we have yet that you would like to see here?
For me I would love someone to open up a franchise of the American steak chain Ruth's Chris steakhouse.
There aren't any in the UK currently, but they do the best steaks I've ever tasted.
I think we should have a full on Waitrose supermarket and a Patisserie Valerie! See where my thoughts are going ;)
There is a waitrose, up in Pontprennau isn't there?
I would suggest Seven Eleven, but the U.K. has far too many large supermarket chains already.
Gamestop would be nice. But Game already seems to have a monopoly on video games and dvd's in the U.K.
Another one I'd like to see is Hot Topic. I believe that there was a store in London at one point, and I think that they did at one point do U.K. shipping, but they backed out due to legal stuff, though I think that they are now making a re-entry into the European market.
I would like to see a Selfridges in Cardiff. Not really for the shopping, more for the architecture. The one in Birmingham is pretty famous for its design, and I'd like to see something like that in Cardiff. Though I think the John Lewis people wouldn't be pleased if they opened a large department store nearby.
Why have more chains? Shouldn't we start to concentrate and help our local shops?
I would go for a Harvey Nick's in the old Habitat shop, Tommy Hilfiguer is a must, American Apareil and yes a Ralph Laurent stand alone shop too! (Possibley all in Capitol to get more people down that end of Queen Street).I would not just limit Calvin Klein to underware either. I think a small Fortnum and Mason's would go down well next to Hotel Chocolate or somewhere in an arcade to increase footfall there. Not sure if there is a Bose shop but if not a yes too.
This is all very aspirational, is nobody yearning for an ihop or a.Wendy's?
aquascutum, crombie, barbour, thomas pink and a few more tesco's please
No long since closed. I liked them though.
If we are going retro how about re-launching Wimpy or even Lyon's Tearoom? and shopping never got more exciting than with Brentford Nylons
There MUST be room somewhere for more phone shops.......surely!!?
If we're talking shopping wise, I think the city could do with these fashion & clothes stores in St Davids :-
*Pull & Bear
I think a full range Harvey Nichols or a Beauty Bazar By Harvey Nichols would be perfect for the Habitat unit!
Other stores I think would be great additions to the city are :-
*Ralph Lauren (I think they would have a steal if they opened a stand alone store in the city)
I think any of the above would be well suited on The Hayes, in one if the Arcades or Habitat if it was subdivided
With regards to the clothes shops that all have mentioned I couldn't agree more, maybe once the Hayes and the bottom and centre of Queen Street are full we will see an expansion towards St. Mary's Street, Church Street, High Street, the less let arcades and the bottom of Queen Street/Capitol Centre.
With regards to restaurants and cafés we really do need to support the local businesses. If there were a demand for a patisserie in Cardiff City Centre then a chain would have already come here and for steak look no further than Charlton's in Chippy Lane. Best steak I've ever had at 4 a.m after being on the razz all day. I do think that the city does lack a patisserie or a pasticeria. I'd lean towards the Italian offering more than the French due to the make-up of most of the non Cymry Pur within our society. If I am correct, I believe that Italian heritage is second only to English in non-indigenous Cymry in Wales.
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