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Title: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 24, 2019, 09:53:49 am
A quick note to all

It seems that Ian Allen in Birmingham (UK) is shutting down mid September.
   They have a closing down sale running, and it a 50% discount, its on models and books, im unsure weather the model rail ( locos, wagons etc) is included, but im  assuming it is, as the woodland seanics flock I bought was included.

Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 24, 2019, 11:27:49 am
Darn it, I think that means there are NO Ian Allan retail outlets anywhere any more.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2019, 06:16:32 am
Thanks for that rather sad news mate.

Is it purely the shop that's closing ? The publishing house is continuing I assume ? Hopefully.
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 25, 2019, 06:30:19 am
alas im not certain  :banghead:
the shop staff were both resigned and certain yesterday, that they were not going to get a reprieve, I did think to ask re the publishing house  :banghead:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2019, 06:42:31 am
No problem mate I was just being lazy.

Just had a look at the Group website and that is as normal. So it looks as though it's just the shops.
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 25, 2019, 06:46:03 am
Ian Allan Publishing started to limit its activities some years ago, pulling out of the magazine market and limiting itself to hard back books, mostly railway aligned. IIRC they said at the time that they intended to get out of the retail market too, but it's taken a while for them to finally do so.

Their Cardiff shop closed maybe 8-9 yrs. ago now, and that was very handy for me!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Howard of Effingham on August 26, 2019, 11:55:58 pm
 :o sad news. 
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Nick on August 30, 2019, 01:13:14 am
Last time I looked (June) the London shop was still there and busy. I doubt I've ever been the only customer in there.
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Mike Wren on September 06, 2019, 06:49:52 am
ah, just found this after I'd posted about it thinking no one had...

just to confirm first hand the Ian Allan Bookshop in Birmingham is to close on Saturday 14th September 2019.

The lease is up and the site is to be redeveloped and unfortunately the company has decided that closing it down is a better option for them than relocating  :banghead:

The mail order was run from the Birmingham shop and that has also finished. The Waterloo shop is continuing as normal.

everything is 50% off until close, get it while you can
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2019, 01:53:03 am
I didn't realise the Mail Order was going as well  :-\

I suppose this effects you as well Mike ?
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Mike Wren on September 08, 2019, 12:48:55 am
Made redundant mate, but don't worry, I'm currently setting up my own place... Details to follow...
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2019, 06:30:35 am
Sorry to hear that Mike, but sometimes it's the shove we need. Best of luck to you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Mike Wren on September 11, 2019, 02:25:39 am
thanks Chris www.tornadobookshop.co.uk (http://www.tornadobookshop.co.uk)
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 11, 2019, 05:01:01 am
Veeeeeery interesting!  :thumbsup:

Best of luck with your plans Mike.
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2019, 05:52:09 am
Does look interesting, best of luck Mike  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Nick on September 12, 2019, 10:43:21 am
Good luck Mike!

Do we have a date for the Brum shop closing or am I too late?
I bet it's all been cleared out by now anyway...
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Mike Wren on October 06, 2019, 03:26:23 pm
Sorry for the late reply, been quite busy... it closed on 14th September, by which time there wasn't much left. Tornado books & hobbies should be opening up sometime late October  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: Mike Wren on November 02, 2019, 04:44:34 am
the mighty retail emporium for transport enthusiasts that is Tornado Books & Hobbies in Birmingham it now open!  :thumbsup: Open 9.30am-5.0pm Tuesday - Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday).

(https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/1fb780a4/dms3rep/multi/tablet/map+flyer.jpg)

https://www.tornadobookshop.co.uk (https://www.tornadobookshop.co.uk)

Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2019, 04:50:03 am
Well done Mike, best of luck  :thumbsup:

I'm making no comment about the closeness to the Magistrates Court, other than to say "I know where that is"  ;) :angel:
Title: Re: Ian Allen Birmingham
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 02, 2019, 08:31:24 am
Looks REALLY good on your website Mike. A 'Must Visit' place when in Brum for sure.  :thumbsup: