High streets are alive and well
ALMOST every day, doomladen articles in the newspapers, and sour-faced “experts” on the telly warn us, with what always seems to be lip-smacking relish . . .
“The High Street is dead. Everyone in the world now buys everything online!”
If everyone is sat at home, hunched over their laptop or smartphone ordering everything from a 90in TV to an egg and cress sandwich (with the crusts cut off!) from a food delivery service, I have a question.
Whenever I visit a supermarket, exactly who are those people I have to queue behind for ages at the check-out?
Alien visitors from the far distant reaches of the galaxy looking for some “buy one get one free” bargains in the cheese aisle?
And when I venture into town to buy something, even if it’s only a coffee and a newspaper, there always seem to be plenty of people around.
Admittedly, during the week and outside of the school holidays, the majority of people out shopping, sat in coffee shops and restaurants and popping into travel agents to book their next holiday retired.
The reason they, along with mums and their children, make up the majority of weekday shoppers is because most do tend to be people work.
And many shops!
Who-da thunk it? That the high street of working age of them are are at in is alive and well was proven recently when the winner of the 2018 Great British High Street Award (thanks to the judges being so impressed by its bustling main street lined with family-run stores) was please . .
Residents love their town so much, 267 of them clubbed together to buy a pub, which was due to close down, rather than see a national chain store take it over.
It’s now been turned into three new independent shops.
So, the next time you go shopping, don’t go out of town. Go “into” town.
If enough of you do, this time next year, your town’s main street might even win the award. . . independent . . drum roll, Crickhowell in
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Emma Corfield-Walters, owner of Book.ish on Crickhowell High Street, which has been crowned the UK’s best high street at the Great British High Street Awards 2018.