Nothing wrong with that of course, but it does tend to back up my feeling that a large part of Wisbech town centre is owned by people 'out-of-town', who may have little or no connection with Wisbech.Further research led me to the Estates Gazette website, which revealed the kind of rents which town centre shopkeepers can be expected to pay.
ONE OF THIS MORNING'S HEADLINES was the depressing news that town centre chain stores are closing shops around the UK at an alarming rate. It seems that there are three main reasons for this:
- Our continuing love affair with out-of-town retail parks and the free parking they offer
- Our ever-growing use of the internet
- Rents which many retailers simply cannot afford to pay