BUSI­NESS LEAD­ERS IN­SIST GLAS­GOW IS STILL A THRIV­ING

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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.”

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