Town Centre Shops Face a Bleak Future

All over the country, town centre shops have been forced to close because of the popularity of online shopping.

More than 20,000 high street shops closed last year, and 23,000 are expected to close this year with the loss of 175,000 jobs.

Traditional high street shops, cafes and restaurants face an uncertain future unless the government and local authorities take positive steps to help them survive.

Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct, who has called for a sales tax to be imposed on goods purchased from online retailers, is reported to have said that without government help the high street will be dead by 2030.

However, the government is refusing to impose an online sales tax which it believes would breach EU rules and the “divorce agreement” Mrs May has reached with Brussels.

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