Monthly Archives: February 2013

Curtains at no 42

Church Street, Caversham might continue to thrive but little seems to work for number 42. This store, once an estate agent, once a Greek coffee shop, once a deli, was until recently a curtains and blinds shop. But in the … Continue reading

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LEP of little faith

A new guitar shop is planning to come to the Harris Arcade – but who has assisted this rare bright spot in the town centre? Various quangos and government organisations have been charged with the job of raising the town’s … Continue reading

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High street blues

Emmer Green may be a minor district of Reading but even its few shops illustrate the turmoil in the high street. Over the years it has lost its only bank, it’s independent butcher, it’s laundrette,  newsagent and a Post Office, … Continue reading

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Rich town, poor town

Vacancy rates in Reading town centre retail shops is now around 10 per cent, prompting calls for Government help. But if a successful town like Reading has 10 per cent empty shops, unsuccessful ones are going to look really grim. … Continue reading

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