Sunday, 22 May 2016

shapeshifting shopping


Part of the journey last week took me past the big tin sheds of modern fulfilment centres, as part of the new normal landscape for shopping.

Not just Amazon, there's also new warehouses planned for John Lewis and Next.

Last week I'd also been into a provincial mall, where I couldn't help notice the sheer number of closed retail units.

One of the anchor stores had been a BHS, now closed, and along the sides were various empty units, some with that full size wallpaper designed to make them look as if they may still be occupied.

Further shops had those 'closing down sale' notices. These were not the perpetual closing down sales of Oxford Street, but instead announcing a finality that they will be gone by the end of summer.

Today, back in London, I noticed the contra-signals from the more rarified atmosphere of Shepherd's Bush Westfield. Their crazy mixed-up car park entry gives early hint that this is one of the malls actually growing in size. A high crane count and further 70 shops being added.

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