Thanks to Clive over at https://cliveblogs.wordpress.com/  for nominating me for the ‘Three Quotes for Three Days’ challenge.  This week is the last week, and so here’s the quote below:

The rules of the challenge are:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

I read this in the Daily Mail last week:

‘The boom in online shopping is slowly killing off the High Street’.

Financial Services Firm PwC report that the number of shops opening in Britain has slumped to a five year low, as consumers increasingly use ‘click and collect’ services.  Apparently 15 shops are closing every day, with 2,656 shutting in the first half of 2016 but only 2153 opening.  Meanwhile there are now more than 22,200 click and collect services across 130 of the nation’s largest retailers.

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There is some truth in this.  I think that by the time my great-grandchildren are parents then the High Street will be a thing of the past.  In our main town the rot set in about 8 years ago when F.W Woolworth, a stalwart of every market town for over 100 years, closed its doors for the last time.  Added to this we lost two record shops, due to the fact that music fans were purchasing CD’s online, and now British Home Stores has gone.  Over the last few years our market square has seen a proliferation of mobile phone shops and cafes where the ironmongers, watch-menders and drapers used to be. We have now been told that our large Post Office, which has been in town since May 1896, is due to downsize offices to the back of the retailer WH Smith next door.  Emails have taken over sending letters, and the Post Office is feeling the pinch.

I must admit that it’s very easy to shop online, and it definitely saves the wear and tear on shoe leather traipsing from shop to shop looking for something.  I look at the age of the faces in the market on Saturdays, and it’s usually people the same age as myself or older.  Young people I think automatically look online for anything. When this current elderly generation die out who have never used the internet, then the High Street will die off even more.

I know it’s progress, but this time progress has come at the expense of our traditional way of life.  What will be left in the future?  Phone shops and more phone shops, wine bars and cafes, and if you haven’t learned to use the internet then you’ll be stuffed.

What do you think?  Do you pine for the good old High Street and the way it used to be, or are you happy shopping online?

I’m going to nominate another 3 people whose quotes I’d be interested in reading:

Seumas Gallacher:  https://seumasgallacher.com/

Pirate Patty:  https://piratepatty.wordpress.com/

That Little Voice: https://margosviews.wordpress.com/

 

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