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#765089 - 6th Feb 2013 2:05pm Rapid Hardware in administration
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Loved this place when in Renshaw St but not after it moved to GH Lee building. Lost the 'quaintness' of searching for old and unusual things i.e.. gas mantles

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#765097 - 6th Feb 2013 2:29pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: muzzy2]
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Rapid Hardware WAS Renshaw Street wasn't it? Over the years they just snaffled up shop after shop.

If you wanted a half-inch flange edged gland seal for a high velocity knurl valve.... they were sure to stock it !!

Sad to hear of its passing.

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#765102 - 6th Feb 2013 2:33pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: ]
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Yes, sad; gone are the days when the floorboards in hardware shops were saturated with paraffin and you could buy three 3 inch No.8 screws.
Actually, come to think of it, we still have a proper hardware shop here in Shrewsbury. Has a concrete floor, but still smells of paraffin. My last purchase there was 2 inches off a 2 foot wide roll of perforated zinc, Imported from Canada I was told. From memory, it cost 1 an inch. Try B&Q for that. grin
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#765109 - 6th Feb 2013 2:42pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: chriskay]
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
Yes, sad; gone are the days when the floorboards in hardware shops were saturated with paraffin and you could buy three 3 inch No.8 screws.


Black Japanned 3 inch No.8's of course !!


Edited by Pinzgauer (6th Feb 2013 2:43pm)

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#765124 - 6th Feb 2013 3:12pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: muzzy2]
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If you saw a Rapid delivery van on the Wirral you knew it was a Thursday

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#765158 - 6th Feb 2013 4:46pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: muzzy2]
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Know which shop you mean Chriskay, bought some rope there a few months back, down by the river, another one where the Guy is closing down and retiring is Ron Hammersley's in Mold, went in the shop today and it was nearly empty, all his screws have been bought leaving just bits of was a great place for screws and paint, kitchen bits and lots of other bits and nick knacks.

Liked going into Rapid but only went once it moved.

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#765367 - 6th Feb 2013 9:05pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: davew3]
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Originally Posted By: davew3
Know which shop you mean Chriskay, bought some rope there a few months back, down by the river,


Yes, Birch's. Long may it prosper.
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#765397 - 6th Feb 2013 10:09pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: chriskay]
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
Yes, sad; gone are the days when the floorboards in hardware shops were saturated with paraffin and you could buy three 3 inch No.8 screws.
Actually, come to think of it, we still have a proper hardware shop here in Shrewsbury. Has a concrete floor, but still smells of paraffin. My last purchase there was 2 inches off a 2 foot wide roll of perforated zinc, Imported from Canada I was told. From memory, it cost 1 an inch. Try B&Q for that. grin


Very sad to hear this News, iconic shop which will be sadly missed.
Remember this Chriskay?


Edited by Grandpa_George (6th Feb 2013 10:11pm)

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#765439 - 7th Feb 2013 3:28am Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: muzzy2]
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Oh dear, I hope someone saves it. I know people tend to blame the 'big box stores' like B&Q or Wickes for a demise such as this, but sadly it's the folk who choose to shop there that cause it. We all have a choice where to buy our goods.

***From the BBC News***
"Director of Group Services Liz Jenkins said she was "devastated" for staff but that meetings were under way to establish what would happen next".

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#765586 - 7th Feb 2013 1:23pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: muzzy2]
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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool...00252-32765392/

The store has been shut down "until further notice"

So Sad frown

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#765617 - 7th Feb 2013 3:58pm Re: Rapid Hardware in administration [Re: Elizabeth]
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Originally Posted By: Elizabeth
We all have a choice where to buy our goods.


We don't have much choice these days. It's really not the fault of the current generation, more the previous (and my) generation who, because they had cars and found it difficult to park in towns, preferred to go to the out-of-town stores: that and the fact that fewer and fewer people live in town centres these days.
However, all isn't lost; have a look later in the picture gallery, when I've uploaded some pictures I took today.
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