The Anonymous Widower

The Shops Are Closing

There are a lot of empty shops in the UK with m ore closing, according to various reports like this.

They’ve just had a town centre manager giving his views on BBC Breakfast.

No wonder shops are closing with this view from a real dinosaur in Bury. It was all about anchor tenants, large chains and advertising bringing in the punters.

Shopping must be exciting and fun and you don’t get that in chains!

It should also be chugger and smoke-free, with good public transport.

Yesterday, I needed to get a few food items, so I went to Finsbury Pavement in the City.  I got a bus to outside the large Marks and Spencer there, did my shopping, then crossed the road to get my return bus from the other side of the road.

Now that is what I call convenience shopping! I could have had a coffee and visited any one of about thirty other shops in the area.

There are a few chains there, but they are ones I use like Maplins, Boots, Gap  and O2 in addition to the excellent Marks.

I’ve never seen a chugger there either and smokers aren’t that common.

The only problem is that there isn’t a good gluten-free cafe, except Starbucks or by walking through to the Barbican or Spitalfields. But at least the Starbucks doesn’t masquerade as a public toilet.

January 8, 2013 - Posted by | News | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I was in Altrincham today as I am every Tuesday morning, and I noticed a sign on a shop I always pass saying that they were moving out of the premises due to rent and rate costs, and moving in to an office/showroom type premises in Sale instead. They are an independent retailer – there arent that many chains in Altrincham that I know of.

    Comment by Liz P | January 8, 2013 | Reply


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