BUSINESS LEADERS INSIST GLASGOW IS STILL A THRIVING
called for action to improve Sauchiehall Street’s pedestrian area and for action on the level of rents and rates.
He said: “Performance on Buchanan Street remains robust with reassuring footfall and lettings figures. We can’t be complacent and must continue to ensure the investment pipeline remains strong. There are many positive signs such as planning permission requests and expressions of interest.
“The attraction of new retail and leisure brands into the city is also essential and there have been some successes such as Monki, Vapiano, Taco Bell, Tim Horton and Smashburger.
“Long-term trends in consumer behaviour and the impact of online shopping continue to play a role, something which retailers are actively working to complement through their offline offering.”
A council spokesman said the city centre continues to be the number one shopping destination in the UK outside of London and major retailers are investing in recognition of that. He added: “We are reacting to the ongoing changes in the retail market to ensure Glasgow remains a fantastic place not only for shopping but to visit for a whole host of reasons.”