The high street of the future is like nothing we know

Susie Mesure writes about Bill Grimsey’s blueprint for how to reinvent the nations town centres.

“But if the present looks bleak for west London’s latest retail casualties, which join 40,000 more empty shops across the UK, then the future could be rather more exciting.”

“the high street as we know it “is dead”. He envisages old stores being turned into doctors’ clinics, pre-school crèches, and social enterprises that put the local community at the heart of any solution.”

“call for the creation of town centre commissions that will be given the job of drawing up a 20-year business plan for their community”

“We can’t rely on retailing to be the saviour of town centres any more. We need a more holistic solution.”

“High streets have to become places where people live, work and socialise. Shopping will become secondary. The night-time economy will be as important as the day-time one”


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