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Mary Portas: high streets destined to 'disappear forever'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 13/12/2011

James Hall

Years of erosion, neglect and mismanagement have left many town centres and market towns on the brink of extinction, the television presenter and retail expert says in a wide-ranging review into the UK's troubled high streets.

Ms Portas warns that unless urgent action is taken, much of Britain will lose, irretrievably, something that is fundamental to our society.

Vacancy rates in market towns have doubled in the last two years as stores have closed down due to the economic downturn. This year alone an estimated 20 shops have closed every day across the country. One in seven shops on UK high streets currently stand empty, although in some towns as many as four in ten shops are vacant.

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"Mary Portas: high streets destined to 'disappear forever'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2011. Consulté le 08/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/mary-portas-high-streets-destined-to-disappear-forever-