From the Editor: It is time to make your voice heard and save John Lewis – and our downtown too
For 3 a long time, John Lewis has been the cornerstone of the Aberdeen purchasing expertise.
It put the town on the map, attracting different main retailers to Aberdeen in addition to consumers from outdoors the area.
For a lot of Northeast consumers, this was the first motive to go to downtown and the ripple results had been shared by different retailers.
Large names like Debenhams, BHS, Prime Store and Dorothy Perkins have already left city lately, however John Lewis’ departure is completely different and appears much more worrying.
As the entire earlier retailer closings chipped away on the foundations of the downtown core, are we going to take this because the second our excessive avenue slipped away?
That is why our flesh pressers, enterprise teams, prospects, communities, Press and Journal and Night Specific should come collectively to get John Lewis’ bosses to rethink.
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Have been there any discussions with metropolis council or the Bon Accord Middle previous to the announcement? Has anybody tried to make John Lewis rethink? Can something be accomplished financially to make the Aberdeen retailer extra viable?
You need to clarify to them that the influence of closing the shop is not only by way of bricks and mortar.
John Lewis’ announcement additionally highlights the modifications and challenges going through the retail trade.
It is no shock that the web has modified shopper habits eternally, however the coronavirus pandemic has fueled this shift.
The mixture of this alteration and the closing of shops signifies that the dialogue round the way forward for our downtown have to be accelerated. The total repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic are usually not but clear, nonetheless, tinkering across the edges or small modifications are usually not needed, we want a transparent view of what the town heart is for. Aberdeen will seem like.
“Folks’s voices have to be heard”
Planning choices of earlier councils, going again a long time, have been known as into query as to why our downtown is designed as it’s. All eyes will now be on the present administration to see what imaginative and prescient they provide for the years and a long time to return.
With working from residence now showing to be the norm moderately than the exception, folks could have much less motive to return to the town heart, so radical concepts shall be wanted to unravel the issues this may carry.
This imaginative and prescient shouldn’t relaxation solely on the shoulders of the administration, it must also be mentioned and formulated with the assistance of opposition politicians, businessmen and the neighborhood at massive.
For now, folks’s voices have to be heard. It isn’t too late to avoid wasting John Lewis or our downtown core.