What do we really want from our high street?
Well, the answer is surprisingly quaint – we want a POST OFFICE, alongside independent convenience stores and specialist food shops. Basically, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, a coffee shop and somewhere to post a letter. Oh, and a couple of banks. [No pubs? -Ed.] Not much to ask, is it?
That’s according to a new report by The Association of Convenience Stores, who asked consumer, retailers and councillors what they wanted to see on their high street.
The shops we definitely don’t want more of are betting shops, charity shops, takeaways and pawnbrokers.
ACS Chief Exec James Lowman said: ‘The tendency of consumers to want more independent stores and specialist food shops shows that they want to shop in places which have a unique local atmosphere and aren’t just part of a clone town full of national chains.’
But aren’t we being a little bit nostalgic? Our shopping habits aren’t exactly like an episode of Camberwick Green - when did you last go a butcher?
Still, it seems like the old-fashioned idea of the high street still endures even in the modern world. And it really would be great to not have to walk 3 miles to find a post office.