Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Empty shops right in the middle to Ramsgate High Street.

 I’m a bit worried about this one and not so sure what the eventual outcome will be, there are really a lot of empty shops in the main part of the High Street at the moment.

The photos are only of the ones right in what I consider to be the prime High Street area. 
 Looking at the various estate agent’s websites the rent and rates combined for a shop a bit over 1,000 square feet, or roughly the size of my bookshop, which is something I can equate to seems to vary between around £700 and £1,000 per week.

My guess here is back in the day when town centre’s were thriving this sort of rent and rates would be attainable, now I don’t think it would. 
 I don’t think there is much point in saying this can’t go on as I suppose it can, however I do wonder if there is anything anyone can do about the situation.

Out of the context which we used to have, meaning that opening say a clothes shop in the high street would have meant it would have been surrounded by thriving shops and have a good footfall of shoppers and I think we have to face the fact that this is no longer the case, the options don’t look so good. 
 Perhaps the most positive and thought provoking document I have found online is this on, here is the link http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/pdf/GBHS-Good-Practice-Guide.pdf?2

I suppose staffing one of the shops would also be in the £1,000 per week ball park, plus the other expenses heat light phone insurance.
I think the council's plan was roughly along the lines of turn most of King Street, Queen Street and the top of the High Street into residential, perhaps on the premise that this would intensify shopping activity in the pedestrianised area, well this doesn't seem to have worked.

Perhaps part of the problem is the local councils, should sorting out this problem be one of their top priorities?

Having said this my bookshop is still doing fairly OK here are the books that went out on the shelves today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/the-old-margate-hoy-in-bookshop.html   

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