Re: dropped off a *long* time ago
Maplin haven't shut a third of their branches at all. All bar a couple of closures have been relocations and the ones that haven't been relocated were due to no suitable local sites being available after landlords terminated the lease, usually due to bigger developments taking place. For your information, the reason for the move away from the hobbyist was that there was absolutely no profit in it. Selling components at pennies per piece doesn't pay high rents and wages.