The struggle for independent shops to stay afloat has now hit one of Caversham’s most admired. When Worldplay closes at the end of the month, it may just be the last of any independent in the area, other than a few newsagents, that have generic appeal.
Independents seem to have to specialise to offer more than the supermarkets and when the Caversham precinct is rebuilt, does anyone now envisage anything but big brands?
What would help would be a defined and enclosed area, solely for independent traders, along the lines of an indoor market.
It alone would attract customers and the chains could then pick up their share of the business.
But until rents start to become more realistic, there seems no possibility any such scheme being viable.