|Woolworths Coventry - Now a Poundland from www.geograph.org.uk|
My first ever cassette (yes kids, we had cassettes, they came before CDs), Dreams by Gabrielle, was bought on a trip into town from our branch of HMV, and when I went to my first ever dance festival aged 19, the tickets for that were bought from our local HMV too, that's right, the same HMV that's just gone into administration (and we all know that once they go into administration, it's a slippy slope to closure).
With each of these high street institutions that closes its doors for the last time I kind of feel as if a little bit of my own personal history is being killed off with it, and I doubt I'm the only one who will feel that way. What will become of our towns and cities though? Some speculate that it'll go back to a time when all the shops were independents and there was an eclectic mix of what could be bought on a trip to town instead of the same uniform offer everywhere you go. While this is a lovely notion, I can't see how it can happen without landlords reducing rents, or offering more creative ways of getting those start up businesses out there and selling their goods (pop up shops anybody?)
|Hertford Street in Coventry|