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Blondehedgehog



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:48 pm    Post subject: Dressing up shop fronts Reply with quote

Jeremy was discussing the fact that many councils now put pictures or paint the windows of empty shops in their high streets. I think it is a good idea, I hate looking at boarded up windows with poster stuck all over them.

One guy said he saw a bakers, after having a hard time finding a parking space when he got to the shop is was a pained window.. Laughing

Any thoughts ?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's something I only see when visiting other towns and cities. Central Milton Keynes must be one of the few shopping areas in the UK in which vacated retail premises are almost immediately snapped up!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems like a good idea as long as it can be done cheaply
Iwouldn't want my Council spending huge amounts on this type of thing when cuts are being made in more important areas
In the present economic climate its a simple question of priorities
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't hear the feature but to me this scheme sits alongside Councils allowing graffiti " because it's art done by otherwise bored kids"!.. it really is just window dressing!
They should be more concerned about why the shops are empty in the first place! ok, I know there's a recession but in our town, other factors have played a part too.. pedestrianisation, inappropriate uses for empty shops, poor car parking allocation and of course sky high Business Rates and greedy Landlords.
In some parts of towns, there should never be an empty shop...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I'd posted a reply but it's disappeared Shocked

Heard the guy talking about thinking he'd found a lovely bakers shop, I wouldn't have been best pleased had it happened to me!

I do think what they are doing is better than leaving an empty shop with their fixtures and fittings gathering dust on view. There are several empty shops in a mall that I go to, some are just boarded up but others advertise shops in other parts of the mall.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
I didn't hear the feature but to me this scheme sits alongside Councils allowing graffiti " because it's art done by otherwise bored kids"!.. it really is just window dressing!
They should be more concerned about why the shops are empty in the first place! ok, I know there's a recession but in our town, other factors have played a part too.. pedestrianisation, inappropriate uses for empty shops, poor car parking allocation and of course sky high Business Rates and greedy Landlords.
In some parts of towns, there should never be an empty shop...


Here in Peterborough half of the Queensgate centre is empty, obviously the recession has had something to do with it, but mostly it's down to the rates keep being raised, Even Phil Green moved all his shops into the larger BHS store a couple of years ago I haven't seen him do that anywhere else.
The draw of places like Centre MK like Colin says draws the big names and only 30/40 minutes away these days, the landlords should weigh up what is better a reduced rent or no rent and a centre that won't pull the punters in because it's half empty.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

undiscovered wrote:
The draw of places like Centre MK like Colin says draws the big names and only 30/40 minutes away these days....


... and there are plans afoot to add a second massive extension where The Point (the UK's first ever Multiplex Cinema) and a large car-park currently stand.

There's a lot of local opposition to the plan, but it's indicative of just how successful the location is. Definitely no fake shopfronts!

And it's absolutely hell in the run-up to christmas - that's why I avoid it!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if he had flour in his eyes, but they are very noticable around where we live. So I guess this is another prank joke Jeremy and his team fall for all the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Dressing up shop fronts Reply with quote

Blondehedgehog wrote:
Jeremy was discussing the fact that many councils now put pictures or paint the windows of empty shops in their high streets. I think it is a good idea, I hate looking at boarded up windows with poster stuck all over them.


There was a spate of articles about this earlier in the year. This example by North Tyneside Council at Whitley Bay was particularly good

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255162/Fake-shopfronts-built-improve-look-recession-hit-high-streets.html

Shopping centre (mall) owners also do it, rather than just put posters in the windows, if the unit is unoccupied for a long time.

The Flying Horse shopping mall in Nottingham, which is a development of fairly upmarket shops (Vivienne Westwood, an art gallery, Cathy Stephens individual jewellery, The Cheese Shop) on the site of and behind a facade which dates from 1483, is only 50% occupied. From time to time, especially towards Christmas, the owners allow NTU fashion design students the use of at least one unit to display their work.

The Victoria Shopping Centre, which is now 40 years old, is almost fully occupied, but Westfield's Broad Marsh Centre, for which there were once ambitious expansion plans, has never recovered from the loss of Allders department store, which, save for a temporary let to TK Maxx, has been empty ever since, as is a lot of the upper floor.
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