A leading homewares retailer this week claimed that many concerns over the future of the High Street were based on ‘misguided sentiment’ and prevented real solutions to reviving our town centres being implemented. PRIMUS is an online retailer of items for the home and garden, pets and wildlife and health and beauty.
Stourbridge, Worcestershire -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/03/2013 -- The future of the High Street remains a hot topic. David Cameron appointed retail guru Mary Portas to report on their future and her recommendations have proved controversial. A rival report has declared that the High Street is “as good as dead already.”
Vicky Tomline, head of sales and marketing at PRIMUS, said this week “It’s clear that the future of the High Street remains a subject of debate and controversy. As an online retailer it might be thought we are one of the ‘baddies’ but in fact the High Street has always been subject to changes in consumer behaviour, advancing technology and economic pressures.”
The High Street as we understand it developed around the 1860s as a result of growing urbanisation. Its first golden period was in the Edwardian Era as a result of increasing female independence. Another golden period was in the 1960s with a massive growth in consumer goods, consumer confidence and the advent of the Retail Prices Act.
Vicky continued “The High Street will revive but it is unlikely to be so heavily dependent of retail, as online retailers continue to offer wider choice and better value. Of course, Reserve and Collect schemes will drive footfall but the High Street will become a place for eating out, entertainment, education and events. Of course, many have a sentimental and nostalgic view of High Streets which probably never existed – but there is no reason why a new Golden Age cannot flourish.”
The entire PRIMUS range of homewares, furniture, DIY & hardware, pets supplies and much more can be found on their website at www.primus.co.uk.
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