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Are pop-up shops the solution to the woes of our high street?

Pop-up shops
There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about the new phenomenon of the ‘pop-up shop’ and how it could be a potential saviour for our rapidly declining high streets.  High profile names like Libertys of London have hit the headlines as they try out this new format and opened stores across London and in key areas around the country.

But is this a business model that can help to regenerate high streets or does its transient nature only help to impound the feelings of many consumers that our high streets aren’t what they once were and there’s no real reason to shop there?

Recent legislation by the UK government seems to favour on the side of these new pop-ups with a relaxation in the planning laws, which allows business owners up to two years to apply for a ‘change of use’ on business units. This makes it much easier for new start ups to take over abandoned or empty premises and start trading much more quickly, a massive help when they have to start paying back business loans and order new stock.

In a recent report, the shopping guru Mary Portas, highlighted various ways to reverse the decline on our high streets but some traders in Margate aren’t convinced that changes in planning laws will be enough. With many highlighting complicated tax laws and the high rents for business properties, is it time for the Government to come up with a more sustainable recovery plan and substantial aid package as they did for banks in 2008 and look set to do the same for the construction industry today?

Watch this video from the BBC to hear more on this subject:




One comment on “Are pop-up shops the solution to the woes of our high street?

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This entry was posted on July 30, 2012 by in ecommerce, epos, High street retail, Retail news and tagged , , , .

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