Thursday, 21 November 2013
PAY TO SHOP? VOTE WITH YOUR WHEELS...
Here's an aerial shot of my local town centre taken sometime
between 1968 and around '73. That's the way I remember it when
I was a kidlet, up to my early teenage years until, slowly, surely,
it began to change into something completely different.
Were a new photo to be taken today, all you'd see is a roofed-
over, soulless shopping complex built over the car parks and most
of the grassy areas on the right-hand side of the picture. The build-
ing you can see in the middle of that area used to be a cinema, but
is now a bingo hall, the front part of which is roofed over and
incorporated into the shopping centre.
The tall building right smack-dab in the middle of the photo is
now demolished (apart from the first two floors) and, again, just
about every open street around it is now covered by the afore-men-
tioned shopping complex. However, as the company which owns it
charge for parking, most sensible people shop in a retail park just
outside of town, or use other shopping centres in or around
Glasgow which don't levy parking charges against them.
When you think about it, it's an entrance fee by stealth. You
go to do your shopping and you have to pay for the 'privilege' if
you're a car owner. In my book, if you want people to shop in your
complex, then you provide the parking space which enables (and
encourages) them to visit and spend their dosh in the stores,
not charge them for doing so.
No wonder so many of the units have been vacated or lain
empty since they were built a few years back - those who can
travel to shop elsewhere, do so. Let's hope the landlords wise
up soon, before the centre becomes a 'ghost-town'.
Any gripes about your shopping centre? Let's hear 'em!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, November 21, 2013