Back To School Shopping In Dorchester

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By Beth_Ansell | Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 17:34

Few shoppers are likely to describe their experiences of  ‘back to school’ shopping in Dorchester as

enjoyable. Very few are likely to have found much choice either. So

here’s what we do have, and what you may want to hunt elsewhere for...

Stationery

There

is no shortage of stationery in the town centre. At WHSmith you can pick up

everything from text books to geometry sets at a fair price, The Works has pretty much

everything you’ll need to replenish your pencil case such as pens, refill pads,

pencils, rubbers etc at 2 for £1 at the moment, and Wellworths always have some good

bargains and variety.

Sportswear

There

are some good deals on at JJB Sports for P.E. Kits and sportswear such

as 3 for 2 mix and match on P.E. kits, free swimming goggles with selected

Speedo swimwear and half price shin guards with full price football boots. There

are also other sports shops in Dorchester such as Sportsgear which can provide

specific equipment.

School shoes

They

may not be the most fashionable shoes for teenagers, but Clarks sells practical

and comfortable school shoes (up to size 8 for girls and size 10 for boys) and

have a deal on whereby those who buy a pair of school shoes receive a 20% off

voucher for adult shoes and handbags under their ‘now time to treat mum’

campaign. Also, children receive a free pack of Trump cards!

If

you are looking for something more affordable, Stead & Simpson and Shoe

Zone, now in the same shop, also have a variety of both leather and synthetic school

shoes starting at around £7.99.

School uniform

School uniform is not quite as easy to find. Peacocks sells ‘fashionable’

school uniform such as white shirts with black ties attached, black trousers

and skirts and coats, but isn’t much use if the school has a strict dress

code. Thomas Hardye School would definitely not approve! Marks and Spencer usually sells good quality school clothing, but it tends to be more expensive and can cause the little darlings to groan in complaint.

From

what I’ve heard about school uniform from you on Facebook, it’s best to go out

of Dorchester to buy school uniform. Weymouth and Poole seem to be popular

choices because they have larger stores such as Matalan and Primark with more

variety and more appropriate choices.

On the subject of shopping elsewhere, I always found that Brantano is Yeovil is

a good choice for footwear; I always managed to find something that my mum and

I could both agree on (There is also a Matalan, Sports World and JJB in the

same retail park from what I remember).

The

official school uniform supplier for most schools in the area is located at the

Dorset Schoolwear Centre in Weymouth, and can also be accessed online at www.dorsetschoolwear.co.uk. However

many schools require that you purchase school jumpers/ties etc directly

from the school.

Serious

questions now: Do we need a Primark in Dorchester? How would you feel about

having a Primark in the town centre?

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    EVEN more comments on Facebook:

    Paul Brewer No lush tk max and a decent record shop please
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    Jack Hayward just go poole, thats why we do have a train station. we need music shops n stuff not more clothes, dorch high street is almost all clothes.
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    Laura Tiffany Grieve nahhh we deffo need it! wate of petrol gettin up 2 bmouth
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    Jack Hayward weymouths got space for primark, we havent got space for anything really
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    Laura Tiffany Grieve yhh we do opposite the carboot lol
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    Jack Hayward thats where i was thinkin
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    Laura Tiffany Grieve init,, we deffo need it tho all the other shops in dorchester are **** n been shut down n iff there waz a primark it will stay there
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    Jack Hayward yeah but dorch needs more different shops, its almost all clothes
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    Laura Tiffany Grieve thts dorch 4 ya ****!
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    Jack Hayward just small i think. nice when you're young, but it gets old
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    Charley Lauren Halverson yes !! :) x

    By Beth_Ansell at 11:54 on 19/08/10

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    Comments made on Facebook:

    Eleanor Andrew yes we do
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    Eleanor Andrew i really want 1
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    Jonathan Richard Schofield do we need a primark anywhere? ewwwww scabby!
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    Kev Davey yep we sure do need primark in dorchester saves travelling to yeovil and poole
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    Robyn McBryde So many people would like a primark in Dorchester. It's very cheap and good for basics, but ethically terrible. I personally think it would bring Dorchester down a peg. We need more local shops that can do things at cheaper prices - Primark are monopolising everywhere and pushing local businesses out.
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    Jessica Kilburn Yep! Definatly x
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    Hannah Burt Yes please!!
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    Dan Thorne nope theres enough cloths shops in dorchester there need to be an hmv or something like that
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    Jessica Kilburn Not enuf kids clothes shops tho get rid wellworths makd that a decent toddler store nt stupidly expensive or 2 far 2 travel then! X
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    Maria Bennett we need something,there isn't a lot in Dorchester!!!Yes Primark would be good.
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    Kaylie Hathaway No not a primark , its ok for play clothes when kids want to go play in the mud or something but not for everyday and it'll most likely bring all the chavs down from Weymouth. How about moving next and extending there childrens clothes?
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    Deanne 'studley' Edge Too many charity shops,even though I do shop in them,no kids shops apart from mothercare and they're pricey,only smiths for dvd's & cd's,not much choice in there. I think this town is trying to cater too much for the 'upper class' moving here.
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    Shannon McMillan Brewer don't know about Primark as I agree with the ethical view but I was just saying the other day that we need a Lush :)
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    Bel Bessant yes please
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    Mark Smith
    No...you have to ask yourself how they can possibly source, manufacture, transport and sell clothes at such cheap prices. Horrible horrible conditions that none of us would be happy our children working in so how can we be happy with them wearing the clothes?
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    Emily Morgan Yes.
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    Jessica Kilburn Doesnt have 2 b a primark jus sumwhere that does cheap ethical toddler shoes n clothes kp everybody happy x

    By Beth_Ansell at 09:49 on 18/08/10

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    Comments made on Facebook continued...

    Natasha Waterman Definatly do a big one too!
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    Andrea Mcclarnon yes please
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    Tommy Lee No we dont we need a decent mens shop and maybe a kids cloths shop vkrls i think you got more than enought cloths shop
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    Cameron Marett Zara or h&m at a push, yes. Primark? No.
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    Chantelle Moon Good idea
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    Debbei Illes No we don't need clothes made by child labour in sweat shops. No no no !!! That's why they are cheap .
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    Stephie Sugar**** Dunford-Madders Dorchester needs decent clothes shops, like Reiss, Karen Millen, French Connection, All Saints etc. Even a River Island and Topshop for cheap stuff. And yes, they should stock menswear and there should be better mens clothes shops. A Hollister or Abercrombie would be awesome. Plus a decent department store for MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars make up etc. Not more Primark tat and kiddy shops. If you want decent stuff, you have to go to Exeter, Southampton or maybe Bournemouth.
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    James O'keefe what you have to remember is the fact that the cost of living is not like ours,i know that is not fair for a child to work all these hours but if they did not work the whole family will starve.
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    Stephie Sugar**** Dunford-Madders ‎@ Cameron, I thought of Zara too. Lol. @ Tommy Lee, how do 'we'd have enough clothes shops? A tiny Next, a rubbish New Look, and of course Peacocks - Niiiiiice! Lol.
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    Jessica Kilburn Somethng cheap 4 the ppl that cant a4ord expensive stuf a cheap version ov adams! Nt everybdys 2 proud 2 go in2 cheaper shops u knw x
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    Stephie Sugar**** Dunford-Madders ‎#'we' predictive dyslexia. Lol.
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    Deborah Ann Bowden Smiths don't sell cd's anymore, where else is there?
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    Deborah Ann Bowden Apart for Internet that is, cheaper too.
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    Jessica Kilburn Dont have a comp lmao were stl in dark ages lol x
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    Sarah Fudge Yes we do, a nice big one.
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    Bridget May yes we do
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    Claire Budd Please no. Clothes that cheap can only be produced using child labour in countries where people have no choice. We have a choice, walk past.
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    Nicky Longly Well we need something for kids clothes, maybe not a primark as I don't want my 12 year old dressing like a tart!
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    Laura Tiffany Grieve YES we defo do
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    Kellie Shapley yes we do.
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    April Turner I love going to exeter, taunton, soton and bournmouth but if we had decent shops in dorch it would bring prosperity and JOBS to this town !!

    By Beth_Ansell at 09:49 on 18/08/10

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    OMG.....to get primark in Dorchester would be like getting Christmas early!! My eldest daughter of 7 , is long and thin as are feet are too...and I struggle with all costing me a near fortune!! GRRRR Give us Primark NOW!! Please :-)

    By Kcandyfloss at 17:49 on 17/08/10

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