Thursday, 8 August 2019

Ramsgate Margate pictures retail ramble

This post is a bit of a what do you post if you haven't got much to say post. We bought some books in Herne Bay and the logistics of getting family to where we needed to on time and buying stuff that had to be bought took us to Westwood Cross.

I had a good look at the two bookshops Waterstones and the book area in WH Smith which is fairly large.

I suppose I have more experience of provincial bookshops than most people and look at how they are surviving partly to give me ideas for improving Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate where I work.

Both shops were pretty quiet, which may have been due to it being late afternoon, Waterstones have made a profit the last three years but haven't managed to pay the "living wage" yet, see this article 

I find the whole issue of the future of retail interesting and tend to see visiting places like Westwood Cross as more of a look at how our society is moving along, rather than a shopping expedition.

On the whole I think the shopping mall in the UK and moving shopping out of the adjacent towns hasn't been very successful, but just what the way forward will be is a difficult one.

With seaside towns I think people visiting for the day expect to find the shops close to the sea, most of our tourist customers are combining their day at the seaside with shopping and I think the demise of Ramsgate and Margate's shopping centres have had a negative effect on tourism.

For those visiting Ramsgate tomorrow, hoping to take in the sand, sea, cafe culture and perhaps buy a few books here is the 

Link to the pictures of the books we put out yesterday

A few photos of Ramsgate this evening including the sad sight of Joline heading off with her live animal cargo.

Link to today's photos

Below a bit of a random selection of local photos including some unidentified and probably difficult to identify.

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