/ One shop gives up every hour
Yet to buck this trend there is a new shopping mall with hundreds of jobs available apparently if you live in West Yorkshire (Trinity Leeds)
I do like using local butchers, bakeries, fishmongers etc due to being brought p in a market town. Unfortunately where I live now is not like that so I have to rely on the thing that drives them out of business!
Far too many big chain places and not enough unique/one off type shops or restaraunts.
As a small family run business closes, probably due to the painfully tight grip the government has on their financial gonads taxing the arse off them, another bastard starbucks, pret manger or macdonalds appears.
The country is beyond fooked!!!
What? People (ie you and me) who choose to shop elsewhere because it is cheaper and more convenient you mean?
> What? People (ie you and me) who choose to shop elsewhere because it is cheaper and more convenient you mean?
It isn't always cheaper in supermarkets to buy fruit and veg.
In independent shops you can get diversity and seasonal veriety, in produce from (local) small producers who can't make enough of thier product to supply supermarkets.
I had this with a fishmonger who if I asked what something was like would often give me advice on how to cook it and hand a piece over to try.
An example of cheaper is Toni's mini market in Much Wenlock, on visiting my parents they had purchased 2 pun nets of fresh strawberries that he had got from market that morning for 75p each. The same size punnet from Sainsburys was 2 for £4 or £2.25 each!
When the independent shops open in the evening, I will consider using them.
It seems only to be the Asian-run ones that do...
> It isn't always cheaper in supermarkets to buy fruit and veg.
I would like to like them but I'm somewhat daunted by them.
Anyway, one shop might be closing every hour but the real issue is how many shut AND how many open.
> Yet to buck this trend there is a new shopping mall with hundreds of jobs available apparently if you live in West Yorkshire (Trinity Leeds)
and Trinity is acnhored by a workers' coooperative.
It's a tough call really. People like to hate the supermarkets, but employment standards and remuneration is much better than many private businesses - not many private shops provide pensions, or share schemes or paid maternity leave.
On the other hand, it all become very homogenised, and the power of the supermarkets drives supplier prices downward. That said, Booths are an "ethical" retailer, but it's not one if you're on a bidget, and people vote with tehir wallets.
and their watches, as convenience plays a great part.
I suspect the problem is the number of out of town retail centres that have pulled trade out of town centres, because 20 years ago or so, the council did not have the money or committment to solves many of the issues such as city centre parking, transports links and occupier mix.
It's a bit of a zero-sum I think though, and it's probably at the expense of the surrounding towns: Newport, Swansea, Pontypridd and all the rest, which are seriously run down.
The incentive is simple. You get to try before you buy and if you are lucky, you can get excellent customer service, advice and help in choosing what you are after. Unfortunately, most high street shops don't offer the service side of things at all.
(North) Leeds is full of money. At least two universities full of Holly Oaks clones with daddies credit card during the rainy season. It's the poor that are getting squeezed.
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