Chatting to a mate today who runs a small shop, he was bemoaning the retail situation and lack of High St footfall.
But nevertheless, he would also like to expand by opening a new shop but the property costs are simply untenable. Happily for him, online is not a real competitor, with a static 3% market share.
So is the answer to small retailers like my friend a ‘store-in-a-bus‘, a bit like the mobile libraries of yesterday?
No rent, no rates, a mobile bill-board when driving about. Perhaps some parking issues to manage though.
Nevertheless, I quite like the notion