With the independents and Jessops going, how do first time film SLR users, i.e. people that may become photographers (amateur or pro.) discover about purchasing stuff unless they are in the education system? I used to use Jessops a good deal a couple of years ago but do not now because there are better (in various ways) places, such as 7dayshop.com, Firstcall photographic, and Silverprint.
I would note though, that a recently opened Jessops in a new shopping mall in Norwich carries some film and darkroom related stuff. I have bought a Paterson safelight and a box of ILFORD paper from there at vaguely reasonable prices.
I do however have a theory that people will eventually gravitate towards something I they discover that is what they really want.