The UK's largest commercial property company Land Securities has signed a deal with Google to try to stem the flow of shoppers from its managed malls. Land Securities manages more than 29 million square feet of property - including 17 shopping centres across Britain that, like most retail outlets, are suffering from the rising …
I will be stampeding to Trinity Leeds to use the free branded only-mildly-aggravating public login WiFi.
Because I'd never get free WiFi at home. So it's worth going out just for that.
Well this changes everything...not
Ahh, the high street shopping experience, surly shopkeepers, pouncing salesmen, bored disinterested minimum wage assistants, inflated prices and shit choice, coupled with rain, overcrowded public transport, bags that rip 5 feet from the bloody store (yes tesco, im looking at you), drunks shouting abuse and the ever present threat of airbourne viral infection. No amount of free (and probably cripplingly slow when more than 5 people use it) wifi could drag me into town unless i needed something so desprately that i couldnt wait a few days for postie to arrive.
Fat American bastards
Is it really necessary to have half your stock of jeans in the 50"-65" waist size? Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick.
Not a single pair that fits me, of course.
It is going to be amusing
Watching greedy councils begrudgingly lowering parking charges to zero in the hope of luring customers back to the high street - so they can continue milking high street businesses of all their profit.
And then failing.
the jobs are going. theyre never coming back.
Even if we all spent the next thousand years shopping we couldn't create enough taxable income to service the debt.
The power of positive thinking...
Am I alone, (or perhaps just dreaming), that once the interwebs have effectively killed off large chains from the high street, that there might just be a return to high streets full of independents?
There will always be a market for some shopping which is just better in person and landlords will be forced to reduce rental costs once the big players are gone if they want to make any money.
The high street *can* survive as long as it doesn't try to occupy the same space as the internet.
Re: The power of positive thinking...
"Am I alone, (or perhaps just dreaming), that once the interwebs have effectively killed off large chains from the high street, that there might just be a return to high streets full of independents?"
I get my hair cut online!
Not a joke though ...
Mrs Page has her hair cut by a mobile service. Manages to be *cheaper* than going to a store (and the hairdresser claims fuel back on expenses).
Really, I don't think I've seen you in the virtual barber's shop. Something for the weekend sir <cough>?