When we think back to the traditional picture of the quintessential British town, we recall idyllic images of the butcher, baker, greengrocer and fishmonger. But “The Portas Review,” by retail expert Mary Portas, also known as Mary Queen of Shops, which was commissioned by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in May 2011, painted a very dismal future for the British high street. It found that the number of shops in market towns and town centers has fallen by 25,000 since 2000, with up to 9,000 ...
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