Highstreet fix it queen Mary Portas has been summoned by the Government.
Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg want her to lead an independent review into the future of the High Street looking at how they can promote the development of local shopping areas and get retailers into those closed down buildings.
Nick Clegg said: “Empty High Streets are a blight on the local economy. Vacant shops are also a wasted opportunity with far reaching consequences. When goods and services start to disappear our sense of community can be weakened and undermined. It is vital therefore that we examine what steps can be taken to revitalise and reinvigorate high street shopping centres across the country.”
Local high streets have suffered over the years, with big brands shunning these small spaces for out of town shopping centres, which attract more people because of free parking offerings.
The internet has also played a big part in the decline of the high street with many of us flocking online to order that dress or pair of jeans without having to move. That said, if you’re like me, you’ll know that nothing beats trying those togs on.
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