Glasgow's retailers struggling to compete with online shopping

April 13, 2018 www.theguardian.com

A net 6% of Glasgow’s shops closed their doors last year – 94 closures compared with 41 openings – according to the Local Data CompanyDilip Kotecha believes his health food store in central Glasgow won’t exist in five years’ time. “Younger people go online and we can’t compete,” he says.Kotecha, 68, has run Quality Vitamins on Douglas Street for more than two decades, and watched with concern as a string of well known chains on nearby Sauchiehall Street – including BHS, Clarks and Ann Summers – have folded or moved out. “It [Sauchiehall] used to be really, really busy but it’s in rapid decline. There are betting shops, pound shops, nothing high class.” Continue reading...

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