The large shopping centres are busy and climate controlled but are cold and soulless at the same time.Originally Posted by 626D607360676D6E010 link=1332387874/0#0 date=1332387874
I had a cousin come to Geelong a couple of years ago with his wife and they planned on going for a walk along the main streets for a bit of "window shopping". Instead of interesting "Ma and Pa" boutique/specialist small businesses they found street after street of $2 shops, pawn brokers, cheque cashers and for lease signs on empty shops of broken dreams. There was nothing the wanted to walk into, nothing they wanted to buy even though they had dollars in their pocket ready to burn.
Retail everywhere has suffered from the "shopping mall" / "sausage factory" giants that seem to unload stock during key sale dates in the calendar.
Disposable society and screwing down on price with no value placed on service is hurting all retail outlets. Its really not a pretty picture.
For the suburban and city shopping strips, our local council is looking at the Renew Newcastle model of getting the arty types into vacant properties for free rent (or a token $100/month) and bringing some life and colour back into the strips.
Renew Australia is expanding that into making use of a whole lot of different empty spaces.
Its a great concept and with enough support from the landlords and the consumers it should do something to help stem the tide.