This resonates for me... (from Geoff's link to The Register)
Maplin died years ago when it stopped stocking components, its prices became less competitive and staff less informative.
Also this, in the Guardian...
Connor said he was keeping his eye out for Lego or Star Wars toys for his five-year-old son, but found that – despite the business’s troubles – prices were still too high. “I’ve just compared one item they’ve got over there to what’s on eBay,” he said. “It’s £40 and you can get it for £15 online.”
Goodbye High St.