An article in the Daily Telegraph today reports that Jaegar are to close a number of shops around the country including Windsor.
On the day when a General Election has been called, an illustration of economic problems such as this does not bode well. Although I am not a customer of Jaeger, I am pleased that quality shops are (were) able to survive in the town. If such shops cannot survive in this area, it seems very unlikely that they would be able to survive anywhere less prosperous.
Some say choppy economic waters lie ahead and so a new, full, government term might provide a chance to sail beyond it before having to call another election. Is this closure a precursor of things to come?
Alternatively, is it the endless growth of the internet that is the cause?
In any event, a number of Windsorians will be sorry to hear the news and one unhappy resident has written to Jaeger along the following lines:
Dear Jaeger Team,I was deeply saddened to learn the breaking news regarding your much valued company and to discover our local store (Windsor) is in the process of closing down.At this time, I would like to praise the Windsor store staff for their outstanding customer service during the many years this branch has been in operation. My numerous purchases, both as gifts for others and for my own use, have been enjoyed as much for this exceptional experience - rare in the current day of retail "non-service" - as for the beauty and quality of the products themselves.It has always been a pleasure to walk past the attractively dressed windows or enter this store, whether to browse for ideas or buy goods. Customers have always been made to feel genuinely appreciated and respected, receiving the kind of friendly, considerate treatment which represents the best in shopping tradition. We will very greatly miss your store here and hope to see Jaeger's return to the ‘High Street’ where it has played an integral, vibrant role for many decades.While internet shopping is a now an irreversible fact of life, it is the ‘bricks and mortar’ aspect of retail which not only enhances the day-to-day environment of our urban centres but also helps maintain social cohesion in a not insignificant way - the way which only a busy, physical ‘High Street’ can. I hope your company will be able to find the right balance which successfully embraces both types of shopping opportunity and can continue to foster the vitality of Britain's towns and cities.With kind regards and every good wish for the future.