Where now for West High Streets
22 January 2018 by Katie Ciechorska
The drift toward online shopping will leave more West High Streets struggling to attract footfall unless additional activities and uses can be identified to support the retail offering.
That’s according to Helm Construction Finance Director Adam Marks, who says mixed use centres are the only way forward for precincts trying to counteract the surge in click and collect.
“According to the latest figures High Street footfall fell a further ten per cent as a quarter of non-food purchases was carried out online.”
The number of high-street casualties rose for the first time in five years in 2017, as retailers struggled with rising wage costs, a weaker pound and soaring business rates.
Adam Marks said: “High Streets need to look at additional activities such as offices, cafes or residential. We completed a development at Crown Glass Phase II in Nailsea, delivering four, two-bedroomed apartments from abandoned office space above the town’s Crown Glass shopping Quarter.”
He said smart apartments helped improve the street scene and attracted much needed footfall to hard-pressed shopping precincts.