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June 22, 2018 7:22 AM The picture that shows David Jones' $200million refurb won't work: How the bland and big department store won't save customers

David Jones will spend $200million refurbishing one of its flagship stores in Australia in a bid to shed its bland image. The South African-owned upmarket department store group has hailed the revamp of its premium Elizabeth Street business in Sydney as a 'first for Australia' that will produce world-leading glamour. As part of the expensive overhaul 6

June 20, 2018 11:02 AM Man charged with criminal damage at Orchards shopping centre in Dartford

A man has been charged with criminal damage after reportedly making threats and kicking a glass door at a shopping centre. Lisle Aylett, 27, of no fixed address, was arrested outside the Orchards shopping centre in Dartford. He has since been charged with criminal damage, possession of cannabis and threatening behaviour after the incident on Saturday 6

June 19, 2018 10:08 PM Woolies plastic bag ban begins

Single-use plastic bags will be banned in all Woolworths stores from Wednesday as the retail giant tries to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic in its stores. Woolworths and Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30, 2018 for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers. Woolies, which 2

June 18, 2018 12:28 AM Debit card payments more popular than cash

Debit card payments have overtaken cash use for the first time, new figures show, as contactless technology takes a firm hold on day-to-day spending. A total of 13.2 billion debt card payments were made last year, a rise of 14% on the previous year, according to banking trade body UK Finance. That outstripped the 13.1 billion cash payments made, as the use of notes 7

June 17, 2018 12:06 PM Sci-fi by the Sea: Science fiction fans flock to Herne Bay festival

Hundreds of science fiction fans have turned out for Sci-fi by the Sea in Herne Bay. The family-friendly day festival is taking place at Herne Bay Junior School in King's Road. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and many visitors have pulled out all the stops in paying homage to their favourite sci-fi characters. Special guests at today's event include 11

June 15, 2018 4:23 PM Stroke patient wants to find Good Samaritans

Ms Allen had been shopping and stopped in Caffè Nero in Bond Street, Brighton, for a drink at about 10am on Saturday, February 3. After she ordered a coffee, she suddenly felt dizzy and collapsed on the floor. She said: “I remember them saying I needed ambulance and they were comforting me. “I was very terrified and confused because I’ve never had a stroke 5

June 9, 2018 4:11 PM Shop Smart: Save Money the Hampstead and King Alfred’s School way

Fiona Phillips and Gaby Roslin are plugging a new Channel 5 TV show. Called Shop Smart: Save Money, “their new TV show that encourages savvy shopping”, says the Daily Mail. Both presenters are keen to show how they learnt the value of a coupon and special offer from periods of poverty and periods of “financial issues”. “When I was a student, I had £5 a week to live off,” says Roslin 12

June 5, 2018 11:46 AM Next store in Bouverie Place, Folkestone to close next month

One of Folkestone's biggest branded high street stores will be closing next month. Next in the Bouverie Place shopping centre will close on Saturday, July 14. But the company has said all 24 jobs at the branch in the town centre have been saved by transfers to Dover, when the new store at the St James Retail Park opens just days later. A spokesman for Next said: "The Folkestone 7

June 4, 2018 10:25 AM Lottery winner blows it all on week at Center Parcs

A MAN who won £5.3 million in last week’s National Lottery has spent the lot taking himself and his family for a week in a Nottingham Center Parcs. Nathan Muir of Leicester conceded that it may not have been the most sensible financial decision but that it was worth it to ‘live the dream’ for seven days. He said: “We did it all. Archery, falconry, lunch 8

May 28, 2018 11:00 AM Stars from the movie world celebrate the arrival of annual Southend Film Festival

SOUTHEND Film Festival kicked off with hundreds of VIP guests joining in the celebrations. The opening gala of the annual festival was hosted at the Victoria Shopping Centre, in Chartwell Square, with a host of writers, filmmakers and actors all involved on the night. Some of the most high profile guests included David Wood OBE, Carry On actor, Robin 14