Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), has warned that many high streets are in trouble with ‘worryingly high numbers’ of shops standing empty.
On Independents’ Day [4 July], when customers are being encouraged to buy from independent traders, he said: ‘The big issues determining the fate of retailers of all types are about rising costs at a time of weak consumer demand, but it’s good to spend a day celebrating independent retail. The best shopping locations offer a mix of recognisable big names combined with original and independent stores which give towns their individuality.’
To see the full BRC statement on Independents’ Day, click here.
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