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WHSmith have up to date their brand to take away the ‘Smith’, leaving Brits up and down the nation completely baffled. And many have stated the brand new design appears to be like strikingly just like the NHS’s signal.

The excessive avenue stationery retailer has carried out new indicators which merely learn ‘WHS’, earlier than helpfully placing the title of the city subsequent to it to remind customers the place they’re.

Critics additionally identified that no one refers back to the store in spoken language as WHS, with most individuals choosing both the complete title of ‘WHSmith’ or the nickname ‘Smith’s’. The rebrand has sparked backlash on the Internet.

One particular person stated: “OMG this is real? Why would anyone propose this rebrand and why would anyone agree to its roll-out? It’s a terribly boring logotype which has retained zero brand equity. Fools”. Another stated it was “stupid and lazy beyond belief”.

The store is known as after William Henry Smith, who took his father’s enterprise to the booming success it’s immediately. Nevertheless, the tried erasure of ‘Smith’ is claimed to be only a trial in a small variety of retailers.

A spokesperson advised The Sun: “We are testing new signage at a small number of locations to localise our offer and highlight the key product categories customers can always find at WHSmith.”

The model has been round since 1792, and there at the moment about 600 WHSmith shops on the excessive avenue, in addition to greater than 800 journey shops that are positioned in airports, prepare stations, hospitals, workplaces and motorway companies.

The trial rebrand has sparked issues that WHSmith goes by a testing time, particularly as a few shops have been closed this yr – Manchester’s Market Street retailer ceased buying and selling simply weeks in the past, whereas Bicester’s shut down on August 30.

One particular person seemed to the previous for inspiration for the corporate, saying: “WHSmith’s unique dice brand is a belter and timeless – ought to’ve introduced that again.” The firm as soon as had an egg-shaped purple and gold signal, which modified to an orange and brown dice form within the Seventies.