Broad Street blues

photo(5)It’s gone through many revamps but since the late 1960s Bhs has been a staple of retailing in Broad Street.

Yet next year it closes, leaving a gaping hole in the town centre landscape.

The closure of Jacksons a year ago caused incredible mourning. Yet it was in an out of the way location and was underused.

If those who mourned its loss had shopped in it, it might have survived. This time a huge and central prime town centre space has become available.

The last time anything on this scale emptied, it was Woolworths and its replacement Clas Ohlson was a big benefit to the streetscene.

But in recent years the impact of online shopping has grown hugely, making the Bhs replacement not only interesting, but hugely significant.

Will it be split into smaller shops? Or let as a whole unit? Whatever it becomes the Bhs store’s replacement will be an indicator of what technology has done to the high street.

About Alan Bunce

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