Talk Of The Town to close after 46 years

This Is Wiltshire: Talk Of The Town to close after 46 years Talk Of The Town to close after 46 years

LONG-established salon Talk Of The Town closed its doors for the final time yesterday after allegedly going into liquidation.

The Devizes Road business, which has been running since 1968, offered hair and beauty treatments. The store’s management did not want to discuss the problems they’d encountered but confirmed that the salon was going to close at 5.30pm yesterday.

However, several customers suggested that the company’s staff were moving to work at a new Old Town salon.

One customer, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’d been told by my hairdresser that the old owners had bought the old running shop in Old Town near the car park and were setting up a new hair salon there.

“Apparently a lot of the staff are moving over there. I’ve been going to Talk Of The Town for years to get my hair cut, it’s a shame.”

Fellow customer Roseanne Wike said she was upset to see the salon go.

She said: “It was great, they had lovely staff and I was really happy with the quality of the service that they provided. As someone who lives and works locally it is sad to see another business go.”

Last month, Cakes and Ale, also in Devizes Road, closed after owners David and Marya Marriott, said it was killed by taxes after under a year in business.

Kris Talikowski, who runs Old Town juice bar The Core, said that investment in improving Swindon’s town centre is taking business away from his neighbouring businesses and feels Swindon Council need to provide more support in the area.

“There seems to have been a lot of focus on the town centre but not too much in Old Town and if that doesn’t change you will only see more closures,” he said.

“I think if the council looked at changes to the parking situation and fees in Old Town, perhaps by offering two hours free, that would be a big help and draw in custom.”

Richard Deacon, who runs Deacon’s jewellers, in Wood Street, and is a member of Old Town Business Association said the group were sad to see Talk of the Town close.

He said: “It is very upsetting news and sad to see them go as Talk Of The Town have been one of Old Town’s longstanding businesses. I’m sure many people will be shocked to hear that it is closing.”

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8:02am Thu 12 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder*

It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize.

The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.
Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder* It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize. The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so. ChannelX
  • Score: 6

5:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

beach1e says...

i dont think Old Town and the town centre are competing against each other, the town centre is a rotten place to go. As for old town, Instead of expecting the council tax payer to subsidise lower parking how about the businesses subsidising it if they want the trade?
i dont think Old Town and the town centre are competing against each other, the town centre is a rotten place to go. As for old town, Instead of expecting the council tax payer to subsidise lower parking how about the businesses subsidising it if they want the trade? beach1e
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Witness/customer says...

ChannelX wrote:
Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder*

It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize.

The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.
Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more!
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder* It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize. The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.[/p][/quote]Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more! Witness/customer
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Witness/customer says...

Witness/customer wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder*

It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize.

The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.
Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more!
Also the business certainly didn't suffer because of no free parking its from owners old and existing bleeding the place dry and putting nothing back into the business.
[quote][p][bold]Witness/customer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder* It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize. The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.[/p][/quote]Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more![/p][/quote]Also the business certainly didn't suffer because of no free parking its from owners old and existing bleeding the place dry and putting nothing back into the business. Witness/customer
  • Score: 0

10:19am Fri 13 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Witness/customer wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder*

It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize.

The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.
Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more!
You haven't heard about what the more talented members of staff have done then?
[quote][p][bold]Witness/customer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder* It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize. The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.[/p][/quote]Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more![/p][/quote]You haven't heard about what the more talented members of staff have done then? ChannelX
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Jeff Lazorenko says...

It certainly won't be the talk of the town anymore. Hmmmmmmmmmm, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
It certainly won't be the talk of the town anymore. Hmmmmmmmmmm, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Jeff Lazorenko
  • Score: 1

8:01am Sat 14 Jun 14

Witness/customer says...

ChannelX wrote:
Witness/customer wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder*

It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize.

The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.
Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more!
You haven't heard about what the more talented members of staff have done then?
They might have a new fresh salon but it's the same amateur messy lazy common staff as before like the saying what's the point in sprinkling glitter on a dog turd?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Witness/customer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Old Town doesn't have much to fear from the town centre *shudder* It was very clear that the premises at Talk of the Town was far too big for their requirements, makes perfect sense to relocate and downsize. The space their leaving behind would make for a great restaurant if one of the bigger players saw some value in opening in Old Town. Let's hope so.[/p][/quote]Talk of the town hasn't "downsized" and relocated it has gone into liquidation and is no more![/p][/quote]You haven't heard about what the more talented members of staff have done then?[/p][/quote]They might have a new fresh salon but it's the same amateur messy lazy common staff as before like the saying what's the point in sprinkling glitter on a dog turd? Witness/customer
  • Score: 4

9:51am Mon 16 Jun 14

cmcelderry says...

Someone called Helen used to work in TotT. Anyone know where she's working now?
Someone called Helen used to work in TotT. Anyone know where she's working now? cmcelderry
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Lknowles1978 says...

cmcelderry wrote:
Someone called Helen used to work in TotT. Anyone know where she's working now?
Hi Helen is now at the lovely new salon 52 located in Godwin court Swindon
Call on 01793 431558
[quote][p][bold]cmcelderry[/bold] wrote: Someone called Helen used to work in TotT. Anyone know where she's working now?[/p][/quote]Hi Helen is now at the lovely new salon 52 located in Godwin court Swindon Call on 01793 431558 Lknowles1978
  • Score: 0

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