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Retailer selling family clothing and footwear throughout Southern England. QS evolved from a manufacturing business established in London in 1932, supplying clothing to West End stores.

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      18.02.2010 14:36
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      You get what you pay for, in my case more!

      QS is a highstreet store which sell items of clothing for adults and children, shoes, underwear and some household items such as cusions and vases.

      Being on a budget and having to clothe 3 ever growing children i am always on the hunt for cheap but quality items of clothing for my children which will stand the test of every day needs as well as the more wearing activities such as falling off bikes, digging in the mud and climbing at the park.

      I have always been satisfied with the QS quality for money cothing, i can say that the quality is not always on par with the liks of M&S of NEXt but i do feel you get what you pay for here with QS.

      A recent buy of mine was during their january sale, i was on the look out for a coat for my 11 year old son and some trousers for my 9 year old daughter, i managed to get the coat for just £7, admittedly it is a mans coat rather than a childs but it fits him well especially as he is a big and tall lad who seems to be growing more each day, therefore i feel this coat will last him a good few years, the coat is excellent quality for money, it is warm, thick and stylish. I also brought my daughter 2 pairs of jogging/track trousers which was what she needed for playing in, these had been reduced to just £2 each and at this price i could be assured that it did not matter too much when she came home with a hole in the knee of one pair which i was sure she would. Again the quality for just £2 was fantasic, not as thick and soft as other stores offer but a lot better than i would expect for just £2.

      Admittedly, the items i brought were in the sale at final reduction prices however, is this not the best time to be buying clothing for your children or anyone else for that matter. I recommend to anyone with children, especially those on a budget, shop in the sales and try QS for a real bargin! I will be!!!

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      04.02.2010 00:04
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      While quality of items can vary it's still worth a look when on a budget

      QS is a highstreet store which focuses on clothes and accessories for men women and children. They do sell other small bits and bobs at christmas but their main focus is clothing and accessories.

      As far as I remember QS stands for quality seconds however thats no longer the case here. The business was sold in the 1980's and was rebranded but kept the name QS. Strange but I guess its not for us to reason why.

      While they no longer sell seconds theyre items are definently budget range. Thats not to say the quality is bad as I have a pair of jeans I bought from there about 3 years ago and theyre still going strong despite constant washing and wearing over that time. I think personally it depneds on the item itself as I have to admit to buying tshirts that have lost their shape within weeks.

      I would say dont expect to much with QS items and you will probably be pleasantly surprised. The prices are so cheap though that even if items dont last as long as the more expensive shops it's not that big a deal when you compare prices.

      Im not sure about all the qs shops as I can only really comment on the local one I go to. While they sell mens clothes and childrens clothes I would say that theres definently more choice in the womens and girls area. The boys area in my local QS is probably half the size of the girls and the same can be said for the mens section vs the womens.

      QS also sell shoes, bags belts etc. Again all of these items are at a good price if your on a budget but again dont expect the shoes to be the most comfortable. The sizes seem to be as I would expect standard sizes unlike some shops where if you want a size 14 you have to buy a 16 or 12.

      Whenever I have visited our QS the shop has always been clean and the staff pleasant and helpful. While im not a regular shooper at QS it is on my list of shops to check out when im looking for something new.

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      31.01.2010 16:48
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      Some bargains to be had and definately worth a browse.

      QS, I believe, stands for 'quality seconds'. According to their website, in the 60's they sold products made for M&S but which didn't meet their quality control standards and they have now expanded to products that are not defective although this still doesn't explain the name as it wasn't rebranded QS until 1987.

      Products:
      As mentioned abpve QS sell clothes (mainly women's but also some men's and children's). Further to this they also sell accessories (jewellery, scarves etc), shoes, homeware (storage, cushions, bed covers etc.), toys and a small selection of gifts.

      Prices and special offers:
      Generally speaking the standard prices at QS are very reasonable (probably on par with Primark) - at christmas I got a box of 'make your own fridge magnets' for just £1 and a few months ago I got myself a lovely soft and wwarm dressing gown for £12.
      Their sales and special offers are even better - before christmas I got a scarf on sale for just £2 and I noticed lots of £1 racks of clothing in their January sales.
      They also offer 10% student discount (just show your student card for this - you don't need the NUS extra).

      Quality:
      I've always been very impressed with the quality of the items I've purchased from QS with clothes withstanding regular washing well. However when walking past the front of the shop I usually see at least a couple of product recall notices taped to the windows which does seem to suggest that they have recurring problems with safety/quality for some items (these seem to be mostly children related so their maybe an element of over cautiousness).

      The shop:
      Personally I think the shop front of QS has a bit of a dowdy, cheap look to it (big windows with a shiny plastic QS at the top in pastel blue/green colours). Of course it's a cheap shop and they certainly don't pretend to be anything other than what they are but personally I think the outside appearance could put some people off going inside and potentially missing out (it put me off for a while anyway).
      Inside I've found the shops to be quite crowded with the racks of clothing placed especially close together which can make it hard to manouvere if the shop is busy.
      The shops seem to be keep quite clean but the ones I've been into seem a bit dim and dark compared to other shops.

      Staff:
      I've found the staff to be generally friendly and helpful.
      In my experience there's usually only a couple of members of staff visible in the shop at any one time and they are usually both behind the till.
      Queues are generally short and fast moving.

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      02.01.2010 16:51
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      I only recently discovered that we had a QS on our High Street. Before hand the shop was called Bewise yet despite the different name both seem completely identical to one another. Still on the lookout for a coat I ventured further down the road to spot it and as both New Look and Select have decided that now is the time to start wearing sleeveless tops it was my last hope.

      QS sells clothes, footwear and accessories for men, women and children as well as some toys and products for around the house. They've also been stocking little gifts which you can give as presents for people and general stationary. All at low prices.

      Our shop isn't exactly tiny, the largest of all of the stores in our precinct everything inside is laid out so you aren't knocking things over when you turn around. Despite that fact it isn't easy trying to find something you're after. There could be a rack of coats at the front entrance, maybe just in two different styles but then another rack of coats could be on the opposite side of the room hidden from view. Quite like the footwear. You might of though that the natural thing to do would be to put all shoes in one place, however they like to mix things up a bit and put them in several places around the shop.

      The style of clothes are varied as are the sizes. Whilst you can see styles which are similar to other fashion shops they seem to be targeting young children or those of an older age. Or at least in our version. Aside from their plain tops which are handy to wear if you aren't doing anything important, their more detailed clothing has yet to impress me. The jeans that they do sell are limited and the sizes are either all over the place or again very limited. They have a rack of tops in a size 16, for example, and then stock one in a size 14 and that's it. Their footwear is completely different though. Still at far cheaper prices than others they are decent enough and can last without falling to pieces. Being designed in nice styles and actually available in all sizes rather than preferring to stick to one and not bother about the others.

      The menswear section seems pretty standard but clothes for children seem to all be in lovely shades of pink. So maybe it's more female friendly.

      The basic tops I've bought from the shop have all been far cheaper than some places might charge. You could end up spending £15 for a simple black top in one of our high street stores but in QS you can get one just as good for under a fiver.

      I like it because it's uncomplicated clothing. Nothing too fussy and you're not forever walking slowly in case you walk straight into people because there isn't enough room to move. Overall it's a worthwhile place to go if you want something cheap and are prepared to shop cheaply if maybe not for quality.

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        04.12.2009 00:36
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        QS-It does say in the above description that the stores are throughout Southern England but we have one in Stafford and that is in the West Midlands.

        QS sell family clothing basically. Clothing that suits all frames and all ages. Children/ Women/Men.

        It is probably famous for its cheap clothes but in my town it does not have much of a reputation. This is because the clothes are not very high quality and they do not last very long either!

        The clothes are not very fashionable and I am afraid to say that they actually look cheap.

        It is like with the clothes from Primark, they do not last very long but they do not look dirt cheap and a little bit trampy.

        The shop is not very big and it filled the gap of where Index used to be. The staff are usually quite friendly but they have their off days like everyone.

        I bought some underwear from here and it actually fell apart within two weeks. I did get a refund, but I thought this was a little extreme.

        Some of the baby clothes are actually quite nice but I still think this is a rubbish version of Ethel Austin!

        I warned my family off so I thought I would publically announce my opinions on QS. Do NOT go there- result to PRIMARK! 2/5

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          30.06.2009 23:00
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          A good store, great to have a peek in you never know what you might find

          My small town centre has one of these shops and it is always worth a wander around. I had never heard of qs and I don't know how well known they are but basically you can buy clothes, shoes, accessories, toys and home items in our shop.

          Womens, mens and childrens clothes are available. I have bought several items of clothing from this shop and they have been very good value (£4 per top, £12 for a smart shirt, £3 for slippers to give you an idea). The clothes are well made. The fabric was thick enough to not show everything underneath (something I don't find with other cheap clothes shops where the fabric is really obviously cheap) and washed very well, keeping its shape.

          I've bought clothes for my husband and son too and all of those have been good quality too. Although they don't stock many clothes for babies in our shop, mostly for toddlers and older.

          I have bought lots of things for the home as well. Their photo frames are excellent value from £1 onwards and they don't look that cheap either. Since I now take 8,000,000 pictures of my son every day it's just as well they are cheap. Their bedding and throws are also excellent quality.

          The only downside with this shop is the selection of toys. They only offer a small selection of toys and nothing I would want to buy as presents. On the other hand if you are after something for your own kid as a treat then it would be worth a look, most things start from £1 upto £10.

          The stock changes regularly so you have a good choice and the clothing does follow the current trend.

          I shop here a lot for a few reasons: the quality is good, the price is within my budget and more importantly i am supporting the local trade and hopefully helping to keep the biggest shop in my town centre open. And the money I save on the commuting can be spent on me lol.

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            21.06.2009 19:57
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            Bargains Bargains Bargains!

            I am a real bargain hunter and when shopping love to feel like I have gotten my moneys worth, so much so that I tend to avoid places like H&M, New Look etc unless its for something quite important.

            QS is a great place for my bargains! They sell Mens, Womens and Childrens clothes and also a few soft furnishings.

            I go in there when I generally need some new vest tops or general black work trousers as you pay around half as much as you would elsewhere.

            It's great for men's t shirts (costing around £4) with the funky slogans and also jeans can be bought for around £10. The quality is good considering what you are paying and I would say the items last as long as any other from a competing store.

            The clothes that are in the store are usually "in fashion" but are a more simple version and not over complicated.

            The soft furnishings section sell the same sort of things that are popular at the time. I have purchased beddings and cushions from there and have always been pleased.

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            06.06.2009 10:57
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            Surprisingly nice stuff at low prices

            I'm not in the habit of saying I 'love' brands, goods or services in general, but it's true, I do sort of love QS. It's like a mini, slightly downmarket department store - it sells almost everything - admittedly, not a huge range of items in each range, but there're decorative and utilitarian homewares (ie ornaments & throws, bedding, towels, kitchen equipment, etc), trinkets for the garden, kids' toys, a bit of furniture, seasonal clothes for men, women and children, and shoes for everyone. Some of the stores have quite a 'bargain basement' feel - harsh flourescent lights, great expanses of stock on show on hangers with few fancy displays - but others are newer in style so this is quite variable in different places.

            All right. So it's all pretty cheap stuff - sold at prices so worryingly low , in fact, that even the most fair-trade-oblivious customer has to think twice about the provenance of much of the material on sale (the factories and, presumably sweat-shops of China and the Far East, I expect). While QS doesn't make any claims to sell ethically-sourced material, neither, as far as I'm aware do the majority of the other clothing retailers you'll find in a typical high-street, including quite a few of 'higher end' shops there (though of course, there are exceptions to this). I severely doubt that this counts as a valid justification for shopping at QS, but there seems to be to be little real difference (on the surface) in the quality or workmanship that's gone into a basic t-shirt purchased for under a fiver at QS versus the pricer option on sale in a more 'expensive' shop. I don't know how much of the retailer's profit in each case is actually translated to the factory workers who've been involved in making it.

            Provenance of the goods on sale aside, I went into a different, slightly snazzier branch of QS than my usual one yesterday, and seeing all QSs' wares through new eyes, it was a bit of a surprise to me to realize how much of the stuff in our house (the magazine rack; the red fake-leather storage box; the chintz-coverd white wicker bathroom baskets; the toys; the sofa throw, etc.) has come from there over the years, since I believed myself to only visit there occasionally.

            I understand this shop used to be (or in some cases, still is) called 'BeWise' or 'BWise' (they had a distinctive yellow and purple logo, on a green square of background). I don't what the difference between BWise and QS (if any) noticed yesterday when I went into a QS in one retail centre, then a BWise just up the road and realized they were actually one and the same.

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              06.12.2008 19:17
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              worth a browse

              Our local QS seems to be concentrating more on its clothing & shoes/slippers ranges than its household goods, furniture & toys - shame really as it used to be a good shop to have a browse & pick up a variety of items under one roof.

              It's never been top of my list for shopping but over the years I have managed to find some good Christmas decorations, toys,wrapping paper , stocking-fillers & pyjamas so I was somewhat dismayed to see how much QS had changed when I popped in yesterday. I came out empty- handed!

              The shop is a good size, well-planned & has friendly & helpful staff. There is plenty of room to move & browse without having to beware of double-buggies etc.

              Once I realised that it was mainly clothes for sale I had a look to see what variety they had & what sort of prices they were.

              The quality is OK but not brilliant & I'd say the prices are a lot lower than Marks & Spencers but more than Primark - similar to Peacocks.

              Their range of women's clothes was quite good & varied from conventional jumpers to trendy ones in plenty of sizes. There were jeans (non-branded), trousers (all age-groups), a good choice of nightwear (may go back to have a proper look?), standard & some quite trendy lingerie, a good selection of socks & a nice selection of women's boots & slippers. I didn't look closely at tops & skirts but there seemed to be a good selection in this season's colours.

              There was quite a good choice of baby & children's winter clothes - again all seemed fairly good quality & reasonably priced in nice bright colours & neatly displayed.

              Menswear seemed pretty standard - I never think this is the most exciting part of any store (sorry all you males but it always looks so black, grey & blue to me) but there were plenty of men looking at jumpers & several queuing at the till with fleeces & trousers.

              I'm aware that not all QS stores are the same as our local one & that some do focus more on high fashion whilst having separate departments for household & furniture items - so please don't be put off having a look at QS if it's not clothes that you are after.

              I may well pop back in before Christmas to have another look at their nightwear & will go again after Christmas because their sales are really good on seasonal stuff - it's worth a browse especially if you have a student discount card.

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              - a good place to browse but don't get too excited?
              - friendly & helpful staff.
              - well-planned shops with room to move.
              - not a huge amount of choice but I've always found it OK for quality & price.

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              25.11.2008 17:56
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              Good for the budget-conscious shopper

              In these tough economic times, most of us are looking for ways to cut costs, and QS is one way to do this.

              QS is a nationwide chain selling mainly clothing, although I understand that some stores sell homewares as well. The branch I use is in Bath, and does not have a homewares section.

              There are ranges for men, women and children. The prices are very low - cheaper than M&S but not as cheap as Primark.

              **Men's range**
              This includes casual wear, underwear and nightwear. The casual wear consists mainly of jeans, sweatshirts and tshirts, and tracksuits. The style is fairly young generally, and the quality seems reasonable, although their jeans are not as hardwearing as the label would suggest (but what can you expect for £6??). I bought a sweatshirt today which cost £4 and is a good length and very warm.

              **Women's range**
              This seems to fall into two types - young and old. There is very little for those who want something in-between - the young section consists mainly of tops and jeans, and the 'old' section has things like trousers with permanent creases. They also sell shoes, nightwear and underwear in the women's range.

              **Children's range**
              There is quite a good children's range, although I have never bought from this, so can't comment on the quality. The styles look pretty modern to me, and there are quite a few novelty items, such as socks with 3d faces on.

              **The quality**
              Generally, I have found the quality of QS clothing to be very good for the price. The underwear doesn't wash too well, but then I bung everything in the machine, and again, for the price, you wouldn't expect a lot. I have a lot of QS garments which have lasted me several years, including trousers and tops.

              **The sizing**
              This is the weak point of the store. Presumably they buy in from different sources, and the sizes vary enormously. I am usually a size 16, but I have stuff from QS ranging from size 12 to size 20! You really do have to try everything on.

              **The store**
              The layout of the store is fairly good, with a fair bit of room to manoeuvre. However, there are few mirrors, and the ones in Bath are hidden behind pillars! Another good argument for trying things on! Also, there are only two changing cubicles, so you can end up in a long queue. The store is generally kept pretty tidy, and items are pretty easy to find. There is a reasonable amount of space between fixtures - important if you are shopping with a pram or wheelchair.

              **The staff**
              I have found most of the staff very helpful, and they do seem to be able to deal with quite long queues without fuss, leading to more satisfied customers.

              **Overall impressions**
              I would like to see more clothing in the middle age range - I often feel I have the choice between 'mutton dressed as lamb', or 'old dear'! It would also be useful to have mirrors that are accessible, especially when there are long queues for the changing rooms. The sizing variations annoy me a little, but I don't suppose they can do much about that. Generally, if you're shopping on a pretty tight budget, you could do a lot worse, although I think Bonnmarché have a better range for my age group.

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                30.04.2008 09:23
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                Great shops, good products, easy on the pocket!

                What a fantastic store. I recently discovered a QS Extra store passing through Holyhead in Wales and my eyes have been opened to a new world of cheap stores.

                What do they sell? Well pretty much a mix of everything. Upon walking into the store I was hit with huge sections of clothing, mens, womens and childrens. The womens colthes were mixed, some for the older ladies but a lot of tops and jeans for the younger ones. There were also loads of night ware and swimwear. The mens clothes all looked pretty much like the kind of goods I would buy in Topman for my bloke and the children's clothes had loads of Thomas clothing along with other charachters.

                There was a toy section, pretty cheap looking toys but if your house is anything like mine, even the expensive toys dont last long! There was also a fantastic home section, all colour cordinated. Sections of browns,pinks and blues and loads more. Everything from cups and saucers to really stylish rugs and toiletseats....

                And best of all...I dont think I seen anything that cost more than £15 ! I believe the store always has a fantastic seasonal section, depending on the time of year, and in QS everyday is sale day!

                They also run a loyalty scheme every so often, get a card, have it stamped after every spend, when card is full (about 10 stamps) you get £5 off your next shop!

                The staff seem friendly and the stores are well laid out with loads of floor space.

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                26.04.2006 23:53
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                Affordable, Friendly Staff, Varied Stock & Suprisingly Good Jeans!

                Suprisingly I'd only heard of QS Group Stores in passing and never been to one of their stores.
                Until I moved to the West Mids!

                I found a tiny shop in the "Green" called Bewise,(Which is part of the QS Group & is now a QS Store) I'd never heard of it , so I went in and ended up spending £50 (Very hard in there)
                I purchased 4 (four) pairs of jeans, 6 (six)T-Shirts and a few other bits.

                Needless to say, The Items weren't the greatest of quality and I soon found myself buying more T-shirts but the Jeans are still going strong!

                Over the years I've lived here and subsequently shopped at Bewise/QS I've gotten to know the products quite well..
                What also helped was doing the Security at their Head-Office!
                (No Staff discount though)

                Shop Stock:
                As with most High Street Retailers these days, Bewise/QS seemed to stock a bit of everything all over the country in their stores.

                Menswear:
                Jeans, T-Shirts, Vests, Boots, Underwear, Jumpers, Sweatshirts, Shirts, Trousers and even Pajamas!

                The Jeans are great value for money, whereas I've had Sweatshirts and Jumpers shrink or fall apart on me, the T-shirts well... let's just say they would've looked good on me if I'd had an Arnie figure!!

                Ladieswear:
                Jumpers, Trousers, Underwear, Shoes, Skirts, Blouses, Pajamas, Shifts, and some Boots.

                The Underwear could rival Ann Summers sometimes but they tended to come up small. And the only other thing my Wife complained about was they never seemed to have enough Size 12-14 left! (Sorry Hun, had to put it in)

                Kidswear:
                Dresses, BabyGrows, Underwear, Skirts, Trousers, Coats, Jumpers, Jeans, Pajamas, Footwear and quite a fair amount of other bits even to packs of underwear with a free watch in!

                The Kids clothing (I have 3 Girls so I'm not too sure on the boys stuff as my Mrs wouldn't let me buy them any Camo-jeans!)
                For the small kids, things like Babygrows and Vests seemed to come up big! And some of the coats don't like being washed a lot (And as any parent of a 12 month old can tell you, you wash a lot of stuff!)
                For the Bigger Kids, Items like Jumpers and Jeans are always popular and you notice them wearing out slower than some "Named" Brands do!

                Homewares:
                Well, You name they had it!
                Candles, Curtains, Table & Chair sets, Those Rocking Chairs that went for £***'s in the Shops and on E-bay! Wardrobes and beds.

                I saw one of the Rocking Chairs in I think it was the Rhyl Store sell for £60 and the same night one went on E-bay for £200 +p&p!

                Toys/Videos:
                OK, They Videos weren't the best but going for Value.. A Box Set of X-Files Season 1 for £15 was one of them!
                The Toys were goodish quality,
                Anything from Remote Control Cars to those annoying Guns that fire the Plastic Sucker Dart that all us Drivers hate to Farm Sets to Transformer type toys.
                I had a few toys from the stores for my kids and they've given them 5yrs worth of work in 4 months!


                Shop Staff:

                It's good to find a shop where if you go there a few times the Staff start to ask How you're doing and ask about the Family.
                Ok, there's always one or two Staff members hanging around but don't expect five or six to be there.
                You will nearly always get a Personal Service.
                Regretfully this is one of the main things I've noticed vanishing thanks to Supermarkets taking slices into the Clothing Market.

                Shop Front:

                I expect you've all noticed the Bewise Signs vanishing and them changing to QS.

                Bewise was bought out by QS Group in '03.

                QS itself was known as Quality Seconds until the '80's when they dropped it and became QS Group.

                The Shops aren't as flashy as some stores and they tend to Differ in Shopfloor size and Stock wherever you go.
                So if you shop at say Rhyl in North Wales HUGE and then go to Acocks Green (Tiny) you won't find the same stuff, in fact you'd be lucky to find anything the same (Apart from the Harried expressions on their Delivery Drivers if you're lucky to see one!)

                the Future...


                The Future is not 100% clear right now as
                Bewise/QS Group went into Administration on the
                10th of February 2006!
                NOW OUT OF ADMINISTRATION Midnight Friday 21st April 2006!!!!

                After the Total Closure of 134 Stores Nationwide The Two Trading Entities are now operating independantly from each other! Brighton will supply and run 43 Stores and Solihull will be supplying and running 203 Stores.

                The Store Names will all be known as QS by the latter half of the year with all BWise Stores becoming QS.



                Steve

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