back to article Ready with the 'welcome neighbour' fruitbasket, retailers? Amazon opens Manchester pop-up shop

The British High Street has a very unlikely saviour in the shape of Amazon following news that physical retail outlets are set to er, pop-up across the UK this year. The online shopping giant has opened a store in Manchester, stocking products from 10 of its small business sellers. Sellers will be given two weeks in the shop …

  1. KarMann

    Jelly?

    "Other stores, branded Clicks and Mortar (oof)…."

    Are the punsters at El Reg jealous?

    1. Korev Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Jelly?

      This punter is

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Hmm.

    Will there be any bookshops?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wait a second, 10 small business sellers for 2 weeks then another different 10 small business sellers. How would I even know why I went in and why would I go in an amazon shop to buy a small business anyway? I think I'll just stick to poundland.

    1. JetSetJim Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Particularly difficult with the article not saying where in Manchester the store actually is.... Even ITV managed to get a bit more specific with St Mary's Gate (which links Deansgate with the Arndale Centre, FWIW)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Amazon slowly disappearing up where the sun don't shine...

    The high street is being killed off by the likes of Amazon who are opening shops that are being...

    1. Martin Summers Silver badge

      Amazon did not kill off the high Street, people shopping at Amazon instead did.

    2. Bronek Kozicki Silver badge

      IMO the high street is being killed by business rates and parking cost, not by Amazon. Other countries tax businesses on profit, not on location.

      1. RFC822

        The sooner the High Street is killed off - or at least reinvents itself - the better!

        Why would I want to drag myself (during limited opening hours - most of them when I'm at work) to a dirty, noisy, crowded place where I have to pay stupid amounts to park my car, in order to get a reduced range of products at top prices? I then have to lug them back to my car - and when I get home if I find that I don't like the product, I have no right of return.

        Instead I buy just about everything online, where I can do it at a time that suits me, can comparison shop (both on suitability and on price), can get it delivered next day if I really need it that quickly, and have 14 days in which to decide whether or not to keep it.

  5. Scott Broukell

    . . . "retail outlets are set to er, pop-up across the UK this year."

    Do they vanish just as quickly if you have a poor connection / signal ?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Amazon Mall

    Meanwhile in the US Amazon is buying up defunct shopping malls to use as distribution centers.

    I predict in about 10 years Amazon will get the crazy idea to open categorized storefronts within the distribution centers where people can come look at the merchandise in person before purchasing.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Amazon Mall

      "I predict in about 10 years Amazon will get the crazy idea to open categorized storefronts within the distribution centers where people can come look at the merchandise in person before purchasing."

      Sounds like Argos! :-)

  7. Scott Broukell

    What's next ?

    Maybe they will just cut down what's left of the south American rain forest and open some garden centres there instead. What! I dunno but I'd like to know more about how sustainable (green), their trading model is? I know I'm an old fuddy duddy and this is all an amazing revolution in retail and all that, but I can't help feeling that we all need to be buying / producing less stuff, making what stuff we do buy last longer and, if need be, having the opportunity to easily take it back in store for repair / longevity treatment / complete recycling etc. Surely somebody like Mr. Bezos can see that the 'green light' is glowing more brightly these days, illuminating such a more beneficial business model.

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

      Re: What's next ?

      Surely somebody like Mr. Bezos can see that the 'green light' is glowing more brightly these days, illuminating such a more beneficial business model.

      I think that the only "green light" that it brings to mind for him is like the green light described in Stephen King's Needful Things. (You need a bookshop?)

      1. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

        Re: What's next ?

        (Tommyknockers! Fookin wrong book!)

  8. The Nazz Silver badge

    Foolish, brave or desperate?

    Interesting that they have chosen it, but good luck with the Bradford store.

    Few years back, let's say 2013, i was in the centre of Bradford, looking at their "town street map". The label pointing to the huge big hole in the centre said "New shopping development, opening 2008". IIRC.

    Eventually it did open, resulting in the main pedestrian shopping precinct looking abandoned and derelict.

  9. martinusher Silver badge

    You forgot Whole Foods

    Amazon has a bricks 'n mortar presence in the US in the form of the Whole Foods grocery chain. They bought the chain a couple of years ago.

    Amazon's other physical presence is through the Kohls store chain. Kohls accepts returns for Amazon; Amazon don't own the store chain but its to their mutual benefit since Amazon gets a reliable return pick up location and Kohls gets extra foot traffic through their store (which mostly sells clothing and housewares) by placing the return desk way in the back of the store. Win/Win.

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