Staples diet

photo (13)Ok it was a Friday afternoon but I would still have thought a trip to Staples in Forbury retail park would have resulted in my coming across one or two other customers.

But the truth was there were two others and I only saw one of them buy something. And the cost of the bulldog clips I had wanted was so high I gave purchasing a miss too.

It’s probably indicative of retailing everywhere that customers want to buy from their screens now and not from stores. This shop sells office stationery, technology and furniture, not something that is out of fashion or no longer needed. Yet staff outnumbered customers a good two hours before closing time.

This shop is at an edge of town centre retail park where a drive thru KFC is planned in the car park. It seems the future may be in buckets of fatty chicken but not in a retail outlet for smart office equipment. Maybe a gym could replace it one day. That might make a bit of a statement.

That is only a guess of course but you can’t help thinking it will certainly mean a very different town in a few years time.

About Alan Bunce

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