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20 JANUARY 2013

Rough Trade: destination store plugged-in to what its customers want

"'Ignoring technology is to ignore what has become a way of life for our customers,' said Rough Trade Retail director Stephen Godfroy.

The retailer, which has two shops, on Portobello Road and Brick Lane in London, has defied the gloom in a dwindling music retailing market. It generated a like–for–like sales hike of 30 per cent in the year to July 31. Godfroy said Rough Trade has benefited from tourism to the capital.

'Visiting Rough Trade is one of the things to do when you come to London and we're very proud of that,' he said. 'Tourism is an important factor in our success. We're a destination store.'"

(Jason Gregory, 5th January 2011, Retail Week, EMAP Publishing Limited)

Fig.2 Louisa "photobooth in rough trade east" [http://i–still–love–thebeatles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/just–saw–keira–knightley–walking–down.html]

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Album Club membership • Brick Lanebricks and mortarCDconcertsconsumer lifestylesdestination storediscoverabilityDVD • dwindling • high street shopsHMV • ignoring technology • in-store experience • in-store gigs • incorporate digitalindie scene • like-for-like sales • London • loyalty card • MP3 downloads • music retailing market • online databasephotobooth • Portobello Road • recommended by the retailer • Retail Week (magazine) • retailerRough Trade • Rough Trade East • Rough Trade Notting Hill • Rough Trade Retail • shift to digitalshopspend timeStephen Godfroysuccessful brand spacethings to dotourism • tourism to the capital • UK • upcoming releases • vinyl recordway of life

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Simon Perkins
04 JANUARY 2013

Neat Places: eating out in an earthquake devistated city

"Neat Places is an essential guide to the distinctive restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and galleries in New Zealand. Well, Christchurch, Wellington and Oamaru for starters. Our aim is to unveil the treasured places and celebrate the spirit of this eclectic mix of towns (with more to come!). Whether you're a local or just visiting, you'll find something here that tickles your fancy."

(Marcia Butterfield)

Fig.1 "Neat Places" designed by Matt Powell [http://fauxpar.se/]

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2010Aotearoa New Zealandbarscafe societyChristchurchChristchurch City Council • city directory • container mall • eat local • eating out • entertainment guide • everyday cultureheterotopiahome and livingleisure timelifestyle • local guide • Marcia Butterfield • Matt Powell • mutability • Neat Places (site) • Oamaru • places to visit • pocket guides • pop-up retail • Rangiora • Re:Start • recreational activitiesreterritorialisationsocial lifeSouth Islandthings to dotransforming cities

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Simon Perkins
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