A Funny Thing Happened At Work

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ABP Pump House, Alexandra Dock

Head for the Ferry terminal. Take Alexandra Dock turnoff.

Hull, England HU9 1TA

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In the 1960s the face of shopping began to change as national chains started to take over local independent department stores. Here in Hull well known names like Bladons, Willis’s, Thornton Varley, Carmichaels disappeared as groups such as Debenhams moved in.

The change continued in the 1970s with the appearance of the first discount warehouse in the UK opened by Hull firm Comet on Clough Road. This led to an explosion of out of town shopping centres and Comet continued to lead the way for many years.

Drawing on his experience of being employed in the 1960s by Thornton Varley / Debenhams and through the 1970s/1980s by the Comet Group, David Pattison takes a humorous look at the tactics used in both areas to bring more customers through the doors.

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ABP Pump House, Alexandra Dock

Head for the Ferry terminal. Take Alexandra Dock turnoff.

Hull, England HU9 1TA

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