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12% of Town Centre Shops now Vacant

A bright, post-recession future is possible for UK high streets but they need to be actively planned, managed and nurtured if it is to be achieved. A new British Retail Consortium (BRC) report published today (Tuesday) shows the impact recession is having on town centre retailing – 12% of town centre shops are now vacant, three times more than last autumn – but it also demonstrates that many of our high streets have been struggling for years. High streets are at the heart of our communities and need to evolve as society changes but retailing will always be a fundamental part of successful town centres. It is clear that in many places, recession is accelerating a trend of decline that was already underway. Alex Gourlay Chief Executive of the Health & Beauty Division, Allianc... »