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    What do you reckon will happen to all the vacant shops?

    Just curious, what with MFI, Woolies, Zavvi and countless other shops closing (many with large, prime retail plots), and no obvious new takers to fill their premises, were going to be left with many half-empty shopping parks and city centres. What do you think will happen, and what would you like to see happen to the sites?

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    tesco and asda will fill them all

    bargain stores, poundland, 99p etc

    Poundshops will take over the world!

    poundshops and Charity shops (as they get reduced rates)

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    You can never have too many poundshops. Or charity shops. I like buying paperbacks from charity shops.

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    Original Poster

    Yeah already seen a couple of pound shops and the like appear, but they won't really work in the larger stores (retail site locations for old furniture/carpet retailers, prime high-street sites like larger woolies and zavvi stores etc). Seen more charity shops close than open in recent times in my area (I think people are more inclined to try and sell on ebay etc than give away these days).

    I guess the supermarkets might absorb a few sites but generally these are shops already close to a major supermarket, and surely there is a limit to how many supermarkets we need!

    jah128;3955227

    Yeah already seen a couple of pound shops and the like appear, but they … Yeah already seen a couple of pound shops and the like appear, but they won't really work in the larger stores (retail site locations for old furniture/carpet retailers, prime high-street sites like larger woolies and zavvi stores etc). Seen more charity shops close than open in recent times in my area (I think people are more inclined to try and sell on ebay etc than give away these days).I guess the supermarkets might absorb a few sites but generally these are shops already close to a major supermarket, and surely there is a limit to how many supermarkets we need!



    I guess it depends on whether the vacant store will be the nearest to a population centre or not. Like, the Edinburgh Lothian Road branch of Woolies, it's near a massive student area, although it's already got a Scotmid a few doors along from it. IIRC, the woolies is closer to the student area, so that might get bought up, as no-one is going to walk past one shop to get to another, unless the first shop they come to is more expensive or otherwise a bit rubbish. Others, if there's something either side, they'll probably sit vacant, just like the Edinburgh Princes Street branch of Zavvi has for nearly a year now.

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    Trouble is we seem to have been constantly building new out-of-town shopping parks and city centre 'malls' for a couple of decades now, and all of a sudden lots of stores are closing. Theres going to be a lot of ugly, in-decay derelict sites in the next few years I reckon, especially as people switch more to using internet based retailers for the electrical and household items that used to fill the stores...

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    one word

    TESCO

    14 small traders had to close their units in a local shopping centre and Tescos bought up the whole lot of them so they could expand the current store thats right next to them....

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    one wordTESCO



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    jah128;3955388

    Trouble is we seem to have been constantly building new out-of-town … Trouble is we seem to have been constantly building new out-of-town shopping parks and city centre 'malls' for a couple of decades now, and all of a sudden lots of stores are closing. Theres going to be a lot of ugly, in-decay derelict sites in the next few years I reckon, especially as people switch more to using internet based retailers for the electrical and household items that used to fill the stores...



    Good point. I'm not sure what's going to happen there.

    I can only speak for Edinburgh's main out-of-town shopping centre, The Gyle, but that seems like it could remain reasonably healthy. It's basically just a massive Morrisons + clothes + electricals + entertainments centre, so it sells pretty much everything anyone could want to buy, and it's about seven miles from the nearest alternative, which is the shops on Princes Street, about eight from the nearest shopping centre (St James', which is rubbish), and about 11 from the city's other major shopping centre (way down the bottom of Leith, the Ocean Terminal centre, which also boasts a cinema). The Gyle's got great parking and exceptionally good public transport running to it, so it's probably easier to get to than Princes Street for tens or hundreds of thousands of people, so I guess it should stay alive and strong. Other centres though, well, yeah. Hope the guys that work there can fit some college courses in between shifts...

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    jah128;3955227

    Yeah already seen a couple of pound shops and the like appear, but they … Yeah already seen a couple of pound shops and the like appear, but they won't really work in the larger stores (retail site locations for old furniture/carpet retailers, prime high-street sites like larger woolies and zavvi stores etc). Seen more charity shops close than open in recent times in my area (I think people are more inclined to try and sell on ebay etc than give away these days).I guess the supermarkets might absorb a few sites but generally these are shops already close to a major supermarket, and surely there is a limit to how many supermarkets we need!



    Poundlands are often found in the high street, and even shopping centres...

    The word on the street is that Pat Sharp is going to buy them all up and turn the empty units into Fun Houses. His main struggle is finding enough good looking twins to work in them.

    We have a row of shops near our house which have been 1/3 empty. Just this last month 2 memorablia shops, 1 Polish food centre and a police drop in centre have opened! also 3 of the shops have been refurbished (fish chip shop and restuarant, beauticians and Computer shop)

    I hope the towns don't get ugly!
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