High streets are under going dramatic changes and will continue to evolve in the next decade. Shopping as we know it is changing too and becoming 'experience' driven. We have witnessed this in the last decade with the rise of pop up shops, and more places where you visit to try out new activities that are not always purchase driven, building brand loyalty.
As major stakeholders in their towns Local Authorities have come under increasing pressure to support their high streets and invest in property to halt the decline of our town centres. Who better to revitalise and inject a sense of community spirit and take the steps needed to reinvigorate failing high streets?
With a constant stream of retail company voluntary arrangements (CVA's) we have been witnessing recently, changes in leadership goes with the territory which we're seeing as a wider trend too. There is clearly an uncertainty from retailers in terms of how to drive forward a clear brand strategy.
As customers we now have the convenience to shop, bank and live our lives online and this will not change, therefore shopping centres, town centres and high streets are each facing their own pressures from the radical changes. In this post we're exploring the opportunities for traditional shopping centres, as in the past they easily attracted well-known retailers and are now struggling to retain businesses and keep the consumer interested; these centres cannot fail as they are the core of activity in many towns.