Bristol has suffered a number of high street casualties in 2019. The city has lost big brands including, Mothercare in Weston-super-Mare, Michael Kors in Cabot and Patisserie Valerie in Clifton. And the retail crisis doesn’t look like it’ll be abating any time soon. But what does it mean for the city? Mark Andres, head of in-store at discount code company Vouchercloud, shares his views on the current state of Bristol’s high streets – and his predictions for the future. What the future holds for Bristol’s high streets Maplin in Gloucester Road, Rupert & Buckley, High and Mighty and Toys R Us are among the more high-profile stores to have left Bristol’s walkways last year, but for the retailers still operating we’re seeing stores shut down that still turn a profit. It seems like a contradiction until you look a little deeper. High rents and business rates combined with low online prices and an even lower amount of parking within Bristol’s city centre creates a particularly challenging environment for our local retailers. As a result, people are often going online to find the same products they used to visit the high street for. For those stores which are still profitable, when… Read full this story
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