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Offline MedwayDweller

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Re: Watts Place/ Argos/Bates/Bentalls Dept Store Chatham
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010, 14:04:32 »
Am trying to think when it closed, it was still there in the mid-80's. I did a YTS at Allders of Chatham in 1983-4, and they considered Bentalls their arch rivals. That was when the "Bentalls end" of the high street was considered high class. My how things change!!!
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Re: Watts Place/ Argos/Bates/Bentalls Dept Store Chatham
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010, 21:25:20 »
Sure do Chris.  I used to go in Bentalls Dept Store in Chatham back in the 1970's.  The site is now occupied by Argos.

Anyone remember this store ...

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Watts Place/ Argos/Bates/Bentalls Dept Store Chatham
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 18:44:37 »
Anyone remember this store, or worked there? Started as Bates, and had a sister shop in Maidstone (also began with a B but can't remember the name). Later got taken over by Bentalls of Kingston and eventually closed down. The shop then turned into an Argos I think.
My father worked there in the goods inwards department, and had a few tales to tell - according to him, the TV comedy "Are You Being Served?" was a documentary. And yes, he had one of those brown overall coats.
When they closed down the hairdressing salon, he acquired loads of hairdryers, and subsequently sold them on at a boot fair. I suspect some of the other boot fair stuff we had may have found its way out the back of the shop. I know we had some odd furniture made from recycled shop fittings.

 

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