Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

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Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby Leodian » Mon 03 Apr, 2017 9:41 pm

When I was in the Queens Arcade on March 31 2017 I noticed there were quite a number of vacant shops. Indeed there are plenty of them in the centre of Leeds, with some being on what would be considered to be the main shopping areas. Seeing so many such places gives a somewhat run-down look to an area, caused presumably by high running costs and increasing online shopping. Thornton's Arcade did though seem only to have 2 vacant shops.

PS. I wonder why Queens Arcade is named in the plural form?
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Re: Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby blackprince » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 12:23 pm

Leodian wroteColonWhen I was in the Queens Arcade on March 31 2017 I noticed there were quite a number of vacant shops. Indeed there are plenty of them in the centre of Leeds, with some being on what would be considered to be the main shopping areas. Seeing so many such places gives a somewhat run-down look to an area, caused presumably by high running costs and increasing online shopping. Thornton's Arcade did though seem only to have 2 vacant shops.

PS. I wonder why Queens Arcade is named in the plural form?


A very topical question Leo, with current news reports about the phantom "apostrophiser" of Bristol.
We may never know whether the intention was to name it in honour of several Queens ( in the plural) or whether it's a case of a missing apostrophe. My guess is that it was named in honour of the reigning monarch at the time it was built , Queen Victoria , and should be Queen's Arcade.

You could argue that Kings Road in London should have the apostrophe ( Like KIng's Cross station) as it was a private road which once belonged to King Charles.

We are probably the last generation who will "waste time" bothering about punctuation.
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Re: Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby rikj » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 1:01 pm

Queens Arcade certainly used to have an apostrophe, for a single queen i.e. Queen's Arcade. So at some point it has been dropped, deliberately or otherwise. A prime case for a phantom apostrophiser in Leeds ;)

I finally got a photo of what could be the World's Worst Apostrophe, shamefully it is in Leeds :|

And don't worry, I know a few extreme grammar pedants amongst the young generation, most notably my son. He drives his friends mad with it.
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Re: Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby jma » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 2:52 pm

What's the big issue here?

Retailers' problems in Leeds or a missing apostrophe? I think it's worth pointing out that central Leeds is thriving when compared with somewhere like Bradford.

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Re: Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby volvojack » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 8:15 pm

blackprince wroteColon
Leodian wroteColonWhen I was in the Queens Arcade on March 31 2017 I noticed there were quite a number of vacant shops. Indeed there are plenty of them in the centre of Leeds, with some being on what would be considered to be the main shopping areas. Seeing so many such places gives a somewhat run-down look to an area, caused presumably by high running costs and increasing online shopping. Thornton's Arcade did though seem only to have 2 vacant shops.

PS. I wonder why Queens Arcade is named in the plural form?


A very topical question Leo, with current news reports about the phantom "apostrophiser" of Bristol.
We may never know whether the intention was to name it in honour of several Queens ( in the plural) or whether it's a case of a missing apostrophe. My guess is that it was named in honour of the reigning monarch at the time it was built , Queen Victoria , and should be Queen's Arcade.

You could argue that Kings Road in London should have the apostrophe ( Like KIng's Cross station) as it was a private road which once belonged to King Charles.

We are probably the last generation who will "waste time" bothering about punctuation




Just up the road or so from Bristol here in Gloucester i see a fleet of Taxi Vans that take handicapped childen to my Grandsons School, they all have on the back doors a signage that reads "Please leave at least 2 Meters clearance.
There are many misspelt shop signs around our town but that could be because of foreign owners, plus poor education.
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Re: Empty shops in Queens Arcade, Leeds.

Postby Leodian » Fri 28 Apr, 2017 8:45 pm

When I just got into the arcade from Briggate yesterday I noticed there were information posters about the arcade that gave its name as Queen's Arcade. So, Queens or Queen's :?.
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