Oswald Bailey stores in Winton and Parkstone to close after business is sold to Blacks Outdoors Group

Bournemouth Echo: SHUTTING: Oswald Bailey, Wimborne Road, Winton SHUTTING: Oswald Bailey, Wimborne Road, Winton

TWO high street branches of the outdoor goods shop Oswald Bailey will close this Saturday after the business was sold.

The family-owned chain’s shops in Winton and Parkstone are holding closing down sales, along with a branch at Shirley in Southampton.

The remaining 14 stores in the business have been sold to Blacks Outdoors Group, which runs Millets, and will continue trading under the Oswald Bailey name for now. They include branches in Poole, Christchurch and Wimborne.

It is not known whether the family name will be kept in the longer term.

Oswald Bailey is 108 years old and was still run by the Bailey family until the sale.

The family will still run sister company Outdoorgear, which was founded by Oswald Bailey managing director Stephen Bailey 15 years ago and was one of the country’s first outdoor shops online.

Richard Wilson, chairman of Ashley Road Traders Association, said: “It’s a devastating blow for the area but it’s a sign of the times.”

He believed the Parkstone shop had been hit by the opening of the large Go Outdoors store at Poole’s Pitwines.

“So much for the economic recovery - it’s not working,” he said.

A statement from the company said: “This month, after 108 years of trading, Oswald Bailey’s bricks-and-mortar shops have been sold.

“Although the end of an era, this paves an exciting new path for web-only Outdoorgear, which management are confident will be more in keeping with modern shoppers’ needs.

“Outdoorgear has always been at the forefront of web retail and was one of the very first outdoor shops online.”

It added: “Although the Oswald Bailey high-street shops have been sold, the same ethos of honest trade and excellent service remains at the heart of Outdoorgear.

“Customers know, and reviews confirm, that Outdoorgear is a name to trust.

“Fifteen years after Outdoorgear was created, the team and Bailey family are excited about what the next 15 years may bring.”

It is thought that fewer than 10 jobs will be lost from the shop closures.

The company has stressed the sale of 14 shops saved more than 100 jobs.

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9:30am Thu 10 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

What happens to Palmerston Road depot.
What happens to Palmerston Road depot. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

9:32am Thu 10 Apr 14

Bournemouth87 says...

This has been a long time coming. Oswald Baileys is overpriced and have no advertisment therefore buisness must be slow.
This has been a long time coming. Oswald Baileys is overpriced and have no advertisment therefore buisness must be slow. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 10 Apr 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

Blacks outdoor Group is owned by JD sports.
I take it then the reason they are shutting the Poole branch of Blacks is so the Oswald Baileys can stay open outside the Dolphin Centre.
Blacks outdoor Group is owned by JD sports. I take it then the reason they are shutting the Poole branch of Blacks is so the Oswald Baileys can stay open outside the Dolphin Centre. RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 2

10:33am Thu 10 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

The end of an era.
The end of an era. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

10:41am Thu 10 Apr 14

Elftick says...

More SportsDirect then whose policy seems to be to buy a respectable outdoor brand like karrimor and run it to the ground by producing cheap, low quality tat in its name.
More SportsDirect then whose policy seems to be to buy a respectable outdoor brand like karrimor and run it to the ground by producing cheap, low quality tat in its name. Elftick
  • Score: 10

11:23am Thu 10 Apr 14

steve.in.sydney says...

pete woodley wrote:
The end of an era.
I bought a backpack from the Winton Oswald Bailey in 1976, and last weekend, in Sydney, Australia, I was sorting out the stuff in my garage for a car boot sale when I came across the same backpack.
No, I could not chuck it out.
Think I'll stick it on Gumtree for a month as an ad for quality products which can only be purchased in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: The end of an era.[/p][/quote]I bought a backpack from the Winton Oswald Bailey in 1976, and last weekend, in Sydney, Australia, I was sorting out the stuff in my garage for a car boot sale when I came across the same backpack. No, I could not chuck it out. Think I'll stick it on Gumtree for a month as an ad for quality products which can only be purchased in the UK. steve.in.sydney
  • Score: 12

12:03pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

pete woodley wrote:
The end of an era.
I totally agree. All my outdoor gear, including tents etc were purchased from OBs when in a youth group, and did my Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Have given to local youth organisations now, and it is still going strong. Sad to see the demise of a good business.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: The end of an era.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. All my outdoor gear, including tents etc were purchased from OBs when in a youth group, and did my Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Have given to local youth organisations now, and it is still going strong. Sad to see the demise of a good business. TheDistrict
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

arti273 says...

Sad to see any business close down, but "a devastating blow for the area"?

High speed rail link planned along Ashley Road = a devastating blow.
Oswald Bailey closing two shops with the loss of less than 10 jobs = a blow.
Sad to see any business close down, but "a devastating blow for the area"? High speed rail link planned along Ashley Road = a devastating blow. Oswald Bailey closing two shops with the loss of less than 10 jobs = a blow. arti273
  • Score: 9

2:47pm Thu 10 Apr 14

scoobys@live.com says...

Sad News for Winton High Street, we will miss you! Well especially Scooby's Sweet Shop! ;-0
Sad News for Winton High Street, we will miss you! Well especially Scooby's Sweet Shop! ;-0 scoobys@live.com
  • Score: -2

3:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

master plan says...

Though I have been in the cubs, scouts, air cadets and the army I have never shopped in OB. Always found there items to expensive to buy I feel they never moved with the times and now go outdoors is everywhere it's got no chance.
Though I have been in the cubs, scouts, air cadets and the army I have never shopped in OB. Always found there items to expensive to buy I feel they never moved with the times and now go outdoors is everywhere it's got no chance. master plan
  • Score: -7

4:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

twynhamob says...

Did not know they were still in business, I guess I must think of the future all the time!
Did not know they were still in business, I guess I must think of the future all the time! twynhamob
  • Score: -3

4:39pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

As a former Chairman of the winton and north bournemouth branch of the chamber of trade,i hate to see any shops closing down,especially those with true local connections,and who gave a personal service.
As a former Chairman of the winton and north bournemouth branch of the chamber of trade,i hate to see any shops closing down,especially those with true local connections,and who gave a personal service. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The choice and price of tents on Amazon is great. I bought me a Coleman Avior X2 for £53 inc postage 2 years ago when all the high st shops were selling them at £119.99 to collect

There you have it.
The choice and price of tents on Amazon is great. I bought me a Coleman Avior X2 for £53 inc postage 2 years ago when all the high st shops were selling them at £119.99 to collect There you have it. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

carrrob says...

Dinosaur of a business which given the opposition i cant believe kept going this long!
Dinosaur of a business which given the opposition i cant believe kept going this long! carrrob
  • Score: -3

10:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

power_ranger says...

Massively overpriced goods in a market which should have gone online-only years back. They closed down Bournemouth branch 2-3 years ago now. A town center branch which should have had the most trade out of all of them.

Instead of moving online they have continued trading in stores in defiance and expecting the customer to pick up the tab for running the damned place and paying all the staff!

Many of their items in stock which claim to be "on sale" are easily found online at highly discounted rates, so their stores really have just become a showroom for people to look at products and buy elsewhere.

They must have had some kind of change in marketing a couple of years back as the in-store advertising took a turn for the worse, highlighting just how overpriced they are, rather than proving value for money.

As is usual with these things, it's the staff who pay the ultimate price by losing a job they have been in for years, and I feel for them, but not the higher management. No doubt they will insulate themselves with human shields!
Massively overpriced goods in a market which should have gone online-only years back. They closed down Bournemouth branch 2-3 years ago now. A town center branch which should have had the most trade out of all of them. Instead of moving online they have continued trading in stores in defiance and expecting the customer to pick up the tab for running the damned place and paying all the staff! Many of their items in stock which claim to be "on sale" are easily found online at highly discounted rates, so their stores really have just become a showroom for people to look at products and buy elsewhere. They must have had some kind of change in marketing a couple of years back as the in-store advertising took a turn for the worse, highlighting just how overpriced they are, rather than proving value for money. As is usual with these things, it's the staff who pay the ultimate price by losing a job they have been in for years, and I feel for them, but not the higher management. No doubt they will insulate themselves with human shields! power_ranger
  • Score: -1

10:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

arthur1948 says...

Welcome to Cameron's Britain....
Welcome to Cameron's Britain.... arthur1948
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
The choice and price of tents on Amazon is great. I bought me a Coleman Avior X2 for £53 inc postage 2 years ago when all the high st shops were selling them at £119.99 to collect

There you have it.
I bet you went to OB to look at it first then went online and ordered it there.
With internet shopping (no rent, no staff) gathering speed there will be no high street shops left soon.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: The choice and price of tents on Amazon is great. I bought me a Coleman Avior X2 for £53 inc postage 2 years ago when all the high st shops were selling them at £119.99 to collect There you have it.[/p][/quote]I bet you went to OB to look at it first then went online and ordered it there. With internet shopping (no rent, no staff) gathering speed there will be no high street shops left soon. holdinkæft
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

steve.in.sydney wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
The end of an era.
I bought a backpack from the Winton Oswald Bailey in 1976, and last weekend, in Sydney, Australia, I was sorting out the stuff in my garage for a car boot sale when I came across the same backpack.
No, I could not chuck it out.
Think I'll stick it on Gumtree for a month as an ad for quality products which can only be purchased in the UK.
Nice one Stevo..........mind them sharks. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]steve.in.sydney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: The end of an era.[/p][/quote]I bought a backpack from the Winton Oswald Bailey in 1976, and last weekend, in Sydney, Australia, I was sorting out the stuff in my garage for a car boot sale when I came across the same backpack. No, I could not chuck it out. Think I'll stick it on Gumtree for a month as an ad for quality products which can only be purchased in the UK.[/p][/quote]Nice one Stevo..........mind them sharks. ;-) O'Reilly
  • Score: -1

4:27am Thu 17 Apr 14

RM says...

Very sad to read this. I've bought a couple of things from the Parkstone branch & found the people there extremely helpful & willing to spend time advising a not very experienced camper. Hope anyone losing their job succeeds in finding another. Yes, it is Cameron's Britain & not a good place to be unless you're rich.
Very sad to read this. I've bought a couple of things from the Parkstone branch & found the people there extremely helpful & willing to spend time advising a not very experienced camper. Hope anyone losing their job succeeds in finding another. Yes, it is Cameron's Britain & not a good place to be unless you're rich. RM
  • Score: 2

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