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“Town centres need to be repopulated as community hubs”

says expert review of high street in the UK

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The crisis on UK high streets could leave 100,000 shops empty within a decade, according to an independent review that argues struggling retailers should no longer be relied upon to prop up ailing town centres…

“There is no point clinging to a sentimental vision of the past,” said Bill Grimsey, the former Wickes and Iceland chief executive.

“We have to accept that there is already too much retail space in the UK and that bricks and mortar retailing can no longer be the anchor for thriving high streets and town centres,” he said. “Town centres need to be repopulated as community hubs.”

At Sustaining Dunbar we believe our plans for a community coworking centre will contribute to the revival of Dunbar High Street as tenants and members spend more time in the town centre, connecting and collaborating with other people, local businesses and community groups.

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