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Ideas for Devizes #1 – Main Street USA

Rather than trying to produce long screeds that no-one reads, this is the first of a series of posts that will point to examples of good practice that could be adapted for Devizes. From the web site. “Over the past

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Buy Local

This is based on US data, but studies in the UK have found a broadly similar picture.   Click to Enlarge Image Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent Infographic by CustomMade

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New ideas–old buildings?

Only operations that are well-established, high turnover, standardised or highly subsidized can afford, commonly, to carry the costs of new construction. Chain stores, chain restaurants and banks can go into new construction. But neighbourhood bars, foreign restaurants and pawn shops

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The post-Portas high street

If you are a retail chain which tries to offer everything to everyone, with a combination of real and online presence, and solid monopolistic aspirations, you are probably fine. If you are a small store, owned and controlled locally, with

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the Portas review of the high street–town centre management issues

I intend to take a critical look at all the 28 recommendations in the report, but to keep the post length manageable I will do this over a series of posts. Before then a brief comment on the report overall.

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Portas Review of the high street

Retailer Mary Portas was commissioned by the Government to  to conduct an independent review into the state of  our high streets and town centres. Her report was published in December 2011. There are a number of ‘Portas Pilot’ projects underway,

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Some thoughts about town centres

Back in 2005 I wrote this on another blog. I’m reposting it here as a way into a discussion about the town centre and its problems. An article from the Vancouver Republic [no longer publishing] poses some interesting questions about

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