To add to what Steve has already written; another one bites the dust.http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/bedf ... -1-8131054
This is happening all over the place. In the old days giant multiples would keep a store open despite it failing as it felt it had a duty of care to the community at large and the bigger more successful stores in the group allowed it to continue to trade. Now if a shop becomes a non performing asset it is closed - re Claires and others in town. There are deeper reasons for the closure of Hertford Waitrose but sales or lack of them was quoted by the company as the prime reason for the closure of the other four (the fifth was relocated) despite petitions from Councils, Chambers of Commerce and public.
As has been mentioned income will eventually not cover costs and the Hertfordshire Mercury will fold. As someone who has worked closely with past journalists and staff of this paper it will be a sad day because they did care about the community they worked in and reported for. Not any more. The real problem I have is that I won't miss it when it goes and I think that goes for many others.