Up market

Once again the problems of other towns is brought home to me. This is Maidenhead. The large expanse of unused floorspace at the Nicholson Centre is all that remains of a food vendor.

The centre is bright and pleasant but what’s on offer is miserable. Pound shops, phone shops and a few well known names. Hardly inspiring.

But a huge open space like this is such a visible reminder that retail is being hammered that you might think an arts group might make use of it the way Jelly did in Reading at the old Cafe Gardino space in The Oracle. It brings family groups to the centre. Here there is just a marked lack of people.

They are all outside picking up late bargains as the street market closes. So maybe Maidenhead could learn from Reading but with such an awful market ourselves, Reading might just learn a bit from Maidenhead.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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