Dominant town centre shopping to become multifunctional
Categories: Future of Retail
, Future of the High Street
Tags: Javelin Group
“Whereas retail has become almost by default the defining characteristic of town centres in the UK, I don’t think that will be the case in the future. Retail still has a very important place to play in town centres. But it needs to be supported and interplaying with a number of different functions, whether those are leisure services, health services, not social services but social functions if you like. So I think in a sense the town centres will have to become a much more sort of multifunctional, in the way that they probably were, back in the day, and retail almost cracked up and came to dominate town centres. It would have been nice for many of us if that could continue that world, but that is changing. So reduction in scale and significant change in usage I think is the likely order of the day in the next 10 years."