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January 25th, 2013, 03:23 AM
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I saw on the news last night about how even more high street chains are closing and laying off staff.

Just wondering what your town centres are looking like in the midst of all this. Whenever I have been shopping, to be honest, it always seems busy in either Bolton or Manchester, and if they were to drop staffing numbers it would be an utter pain for customers. I do some of my shopping online and some in the shops, it depends on my mood, whether I can get out and about, and what I'm buying, whether it's something I need to see in person.

I really hope it doesn't get to the point where more shops are shuttered up than open because browsing shops is still a fun thing to do. However I do like the thought of there being more independent shops than chains. They do tend to be more interesting.

I really think that those who own buildings in town centres really need to look at their rents and being realistic. Surely if not as many consumers come into town to shop anymore, then there's no sense rents being sky high and they're eventually going to end up with vacant premises where if they lowered the rent they would probably attract smaller businesses.


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January 25th, 2013, 03:39 AM
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There are quite a few shops in our town centre that are sitting empty. I do agree that part of the problem is that rent is stupidly expensive and shops simply can't keep up!
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January 25th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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There are a few in Barnsley that are empty, a couple have closed and opened as something else recently but the main shopping centre still has all shops open.
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January 25th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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our high street is dead everything moved into a shopping centre that opened 7ish years ago

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January 25th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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We are losing our shops one by one!! Majority are now mobile and charity shops :-( also another shop closed down this week, and beales store has a closing down section in its homeware
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January 25th, 2013, 02:04 PM
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We have a couple of empty shops, but we are a small town and the community do a lot to support local businesses.
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January 25th, 2013, 02:08 PM
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In the city (cork) there are a lot of shops after closing down, the most recent being hmv. A lot of smaller shops have shut there too but I really notice it in the shopping centres where a LOT of units are empty. Its so sad to see. In our local village we are the same, a pub, a shop and a hair dressers, the only thing that closed there recently is the police station.

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January 26th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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ur main street is dreadful, so many shops have closed, its such a shame but the shop rents are so high and the business just isnt there. there is a shopping centre as well and thats always busy although shops there have closed down too
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January 27th, 2013, 06:21 AM
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Our city center is still really busy but there are far too many shops sitting empty.

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