Thursday, 8 August 2019
Ramsgate Margate pictures retail ramble
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.