Re: That will be 244 people looking for a job very soon
High street is dead.
Just look at the news, another shop-chain going bankrupt, even far before covid, etc.
My town's offering are now pathetic (they were carbon-copies of every other town), Intu is dead so all the big ones are disappearing.
My old street had no less than 4 bookies and 5 pharmacies on it. For a road about half a mile long. The rest were charity shops (basically to fill otherwise-empty shops?), delivery takeaways (by definition can operate from anywhere), and things like estate agents (do people still use those?). Oh, and one cafe that was never open when I go past it but looked to still be in business.
High street was wounded a long time ago by online shopping, hasn't recovered, won't recover and is just in its death-throes. Covid might well be the straw that broke the camels back.
And I can't say I'll miss what it's turned into. I'd much rather all those places were converted to houses and we just spent money online.
Sorry, but I want 24-hour opening, even on a Sunday, or online delivery. It's 2020. I also want to be able to fecking park somewhere near things. That's almost impossible now.
Cafes, restaurants - maybe slightly more desirable - but you can just group them together in one place.
I foresee out-of-town retail parks, with bowling or whatever (cinema will die?), huge supermarkets and a food court, and 10,000 parking spaces. And that's it. Everything in town will just be houses.