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Where Have all the Pantip Plaza Shops Gone?

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Hi folks.

 

Pantip Plaza is something of a ghost town nowadays. It used to accommodate quite a few decent camera shops, but not anymore. Now it's dominated by identical-looking smartphone and accessory booths and cheap clothing. There was also a well-stocked office furniture store on one of the upper floors. It had a decent variety of items at reasonable prices.

 

So, my question is, where have all those shops gone? Do I have to use glossy stores in shopping malls to get camera accessories? I also want a new computer desk, but there's nothing suitable in Home Pro.

 

Have those Pantip businesses shut shop, or can I find them elsewhere in Chiang Mai?

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Stubby

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Some moved to Paladium when the renovation of Pantip started, but mostly failed and closed down. Others persevered, but as Pantip started charging them ever higher rents, many closed down.

 

Some have moved to Fortune Town, others moved online, many just shut down.

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1 minute ago, tomazbodner said:

Some moved to Paladium when the renovation of Pantip started, but mostly failed and closed down. Others persevered, but as Pantip started charging them ever higher rents, many closed down.

 

Some have moved to Fortune Town, others moved online, many just shut down.

OK, thank you, Tomaz.

 

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29 minutes ago, tomazbodner said:

Some moved to Paladium when the renovation of Pantip started, but mostly failed and closed down. Others persevered, but as Pantip started charging them ever higher rents, many closed down.

 

Some have moved to Fortune Town, others moved online, many just shut down.

I suppose you are talking about Bangkok.

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50 minutes ago, tomazbodner said:

Some moved to Paladium when the renovation of Pantip started, but mostly failed and closed down. Others persevered, but as Pantip started charging them ever higher rents, many closed down.

 

Some have moved to Fortune Town, others moved online, many just shut down.

CM, not BKK. And I noticed a coffee shop on the top floor food section upstairs just folded. I really like Pantip so I hope it recovers.  

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OP is correct many shops are gone.

I see the place folding.  Maybe a hotel or condo renov. would work.

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Oh my apologies. I was talking about Bangkok (Pratunam) one. But Bang Kapi and Ngamwongwan ones were as good as dead as well. So I can only imagine they are all in the same boat.

 

People building their own PCs from parts, or even buying assembled full desktop PCs are just fewer and fewer. For the rest a Department Store type shop selling laptops, tablets (also not selling as good as they used to) or phone + lots of accessories are good enough.

 

It would be hard to make living out of a computer shop in a place like Pantip with few customers and exorbitant rent.

 

Pantip started as clothes market. Then moved to computers. Then to mobiles and gadgets. If they don't find something else successful without many competitors, they could as well fold.

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Everything moves to Online shopping. Will only get worse too.

 

Same as in many western countries. 

Could partly blame high rents.

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Try Big C for a computer desk. Think the brand is Besico, supplied in knocked down panels which are simple to assemble.

I noticed KFC and McDonalds have moved into Pantip. A lot of vacant shops further up the floors.

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On 1/17/2020 at 9:05 PM, Lacessit said:

Try Big C for a computer desk. Think the brand is Besico, supplied in knocked down panels which are simple to assemble.

I noticed KFC and McDonalds have moved into Pantip. A lot of vacant shops further up the floors.

Thanks, Lacessit.

There's a BIC C near me so I'll take a look. I must say, the limited choice of computer desks at Home Pro was quite a surprise since it’s a "home dedicated" store.

There's a Mini C, at Pantip too, and a pharmacy. All floors are pretty dead most of the time. High streets around the developed or developing world are fast becoming ghost towns. Still, folks can't complain if they want to buy everything online to save a couple of bob. The outside world will only get more deserted as virtual-world interaction replaces real-world relationships. Socialization skills are dying fast as humans become more humanoid. 

 

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On 1/16/2020 at 1:43 PM, holy cow cm said:

CM, not BKK. And I noticed a coffee shop on the top floor food section upstairs just folded. I really like Pantip so I hope it recovers.  

I guess part of the problem for the Pantip in CM is that due to crackdown on ED visa's there are way less foreigners in that building, who used to consume coffee and such too. I used to play chess with school kids in one of the top floors years ago too, doubt they are still there today.

Another thing is that those computer shops, I used to like (as I didnt know or use online shopping in Thailand), but are very over priced. People start to catch up on that, knowing they have been scammed for years, to now order it Online instead.

If they were only a bit reasonable, I am sure many would still buy it in store, I would as that gives me a reason to go out and have it the same day.

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Fortune Town is a nice shopping experience. I miss all the little shops selling bits and bobs but I don't tinker anymore anyway. It sits right on MRT. Pra ram 9. Has a section for phones and repair. Lots of photo stuff.

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On 1/16/2020 at 7:43 PM, holy cow cm said:

CM, not BKK. And I noticed a coffee shop on the top floor food section upstairs just folded. I really like Pantip so I hope it recovers.  

Pantip will never recover while it has such limited parking, and it's in the wrong place.

I liked it too, but no amount of redecoration is going to save it.

 

On 1/16/2020 at 6:35 PM, Stubby said:

I also want a new computer desk, but there's nothing suitable in Home Pro.

Try the store out the back of Central Airport mall. Forget the name, but it's probably better than Home Pro for furniture.

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18 hours ago, Stubby said:

Still, folks can't complain if they want to buy everything online to save a couple of bob. The outside world will only get more deserted as virtual-world interaction replaces real-world relationships. Socialization skills are dying fast as humans become more humanoid. 

The reason, IMO, that high streets are becoming deserted is lack of parking. Who wants to buy a load of stuff and carry it on a bus?

The clever shop owners deserted high rents in high streets for suburban shopping malls with cafes and public toilets long ago.

Another reason would be be, IMO, that people with vision are lacking in retail. No one is thinking outside the box for ways to attract customers.

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