Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

OUT-OF-TOWN CENTRES 'NOT YET DEAD'

  • Comment
A panel of retail sector experts has claimed that the day of the much-criticised out-of-town shopping centre may st...
A panel of retail sector experts has claimed that the day of the much-criticised out-of-town shopping centre may still be far from over, reports The Birmingham Post (Business review p23).

Delegates at a business property forum in Birmingham, which included representatives from developers and retailers, believe there are moves afoot that might pave the way for out-of-town centres to continue their growth despite government planning objectives.

Charles Elliot, a director of the Birmingham Alliance - which is co-ordinating a range of developments in Birmingham, said: 'Developers together with local authorities will be nurturing these existing out-of-town centres into district centres.'

Other experts suggested that the out-of-town regional centres will be forced to offer a more 'all-round shopping experience' if they are to continue to compete successfully with emerging retail centres in such cities as Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield.

'Those town and city centres which are successfully competing are recognising that they are offering a different shopping opportunity. They are also encouraging people to live back in the city centres,' said Kate Hall of the company Dibb Lupton Allsop.

'They are also calling themselves 24-hour cities. That is different from out-of-town centres, which die at a certain point in the day. City centres offer an all-round experience - living, leisure and shopping.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.