Halfords - threatened store closures

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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Mick F » 13 Jul 2020, 8:19pm

I bought an Imperial AF set of spanners from Halfords in Wigan in the mid/late 1960's and I still have them as a complete set. Five in the set?
Must get them out and check them out, and then photograph them for prosperity.
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby simonineaston » 13 Jul 2020, 9:06pm

from Halfords in Wigan in the mid/late 1960's
There you go - we knew they made tools that last! :wink:
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby merseymouth » 13 Jul 2020, 9:32pm

Wel, The King Dick Spanners that I have pre-date MickF by some way, still in first class order. Many pre WW2! It would be a wrench to part with them :lol: :lol: :lol: . Buy cheap, Buy often. MM

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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby PH » 13 Jul 2020, 9:50pm

Within a twenty minute bike ride I have two huge Halfords on retail parks, a near town Halfords garage/workshop and until a few weeks ago a town centre Cycle Republic. If I extend that bike ride to there and back in an afternoon, there's at least another three.
I use Halfords quite a lot, for basic components that could be obtained anywhere, I'll usually order online, collect in store and with the price match and CUK discount they're good value and convenient. The couple of times I've returned something and the one time I've had a warranty issue, they've been resolved efficiently (Unlike my my experience with some LBS)
I'd miss them a bit if they disappeared, though that doesn't seem likely, I'm not bothered if one or two out of those I can easily get to closed down. I've never seen the point of so many duplicate stores.

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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby simonineaston » 13 Jul 2020, 10:01pm

so many duplicate stores
hmmm - classic business model gotcha - over-enthusiastic expansion... solution: trim back the outlets with lowest turnover, I guess
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby gbnz » 14 Jul 2020, 7:19am

PH wrote:I use Halfords quite a lot, for basic components that could be obtained anywhere, I'll usually order online, collect in store and with the price match and CUK discount they're good value and convenient. s.


+ 1. I've found it a fantastic way to avoid that £4.99 delivery charge, on a £0.99 part!

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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Oldjohnw » 14 Jul 2020, 8:17am

I don't know if this applies to Halfords but the business pattern today seems to be not about building durable businesses able to survive inevitable peaks and troughs, but making a quick buck for the ultimate owners, who may have no clue about the actual business.

Look how many firms paid multimillion or even billion pound dividends before lockdown to then be unable to afford to keep on their staff once furlough ended.
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Postby reohn2 » 14 Jul 2020, 8:28am

I'm still trying to fathom how Halfords can charge £39.99 for a pair of Bosch wiper blades for my Smax when I was able to get the exact same pair delivered within 3days for £24.99 from an online motor factors.
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Mick F » 14 Jul 2020, 8:54am

Could you not have just changed the rubbers?
I bought rubbers by the metre some years ago from eBay. Recently replaced the rubbers front and rear on our Yaris and that's the last of them. Done two cars before - Clio and Fiat500.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... r&_sacat=0
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Oldjohnw » 14 Jul 2020, 9:04am

Mick F wrote:Could you not have just changed the rubbers?
I bought rubbers by the metre some years ago from eBay. Recently replaced the rubbers front and rear on our Yaris and that's the last of them. Done two cars before - Clio and Fiat500.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... r&_sacat=0


I can't change rubbers on my Golf. Damaged one in a hard frost last winter and had to replace the whole thing. Needed a VW part, too, although it wasn't as expensive as reohn2's Ford.
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Mick F » 14 Jul 2020, 9:13am

Mick F wrote:I bought an Imperial AF set of spanners from Halfords in Wigan in the mid/late 1960's and I still have them as a complete set. Five in the set?
Must get them out and check them out, and then photograph them for prosperity.

Here's the full set.
Bought them originally for my bike, but I didn't realise that none of them would fit!

Done good work on the cars over the years ...................... until we were metricated.

IMG_0568.jpg
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby reohn2 » 14 Jul 2020, 9:30am

Mick F wrote:Could you not have just changed the rubbers?
I bought rubbers by the metre some years ago from eBay. Recently replaced the rubbers front and rear on our Yaris and that's the last of them. Done two cars before - Clio and Fiat500.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... r&_sacat=0

No,the Bosch ones fitted are the integral blade and arm type.

EDIT:- that is not that I'm aware of.
I've kept the old ones in the boot incase some thief decides to half inch the new ones,I'll check them later and report back.
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby Mick F » 14 Jul 2020, 9:36am

Oh dear.
Poor design methinks. Costs a fortune every year or so ........... but no doubt Ford don't care.

If it were me, I'd be looking to change them to a replaceable sort.
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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby pete75 » 14 Jul 2020, 9:55am

Mick F wrote:
Mick F wrote:I bought an Imperial AF set of spanners from Halfords in Wigan in the mid/late 1960's and I still have them as a complete set. Five in the set?
Must get them out and check them out, and then photograph them for prosperity.

Here's the full set.
Bought them originally for my bike, but I didn't realise that none of them would fit!

Done good work on the cars over the years ...................... until we were metricated.

IMG_0568.jpg



By the looks of them they were made by Elora. A decent tool brand just as good as Snap Off but about a third of the price and don't break as easily.

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Re: Halfords - threatened store closures

Postby mercalia » 14 Jul 2020, 10:32am

I go to Halfords for their cheap motor cycle engine gear box oil. Other stuff is too fancy for my olde bike