Tell us what you would like to see on Bath High Street
Bath’s Main Street has come back to life as non-essential retailers and outdoor vendors have been back in business for over a week.
Not everyone made it through this period unscathed as the pandemic plunged businesses into one of the most difficult years in decades.
More than 17,500 chain stores in Britain closed in 2020 according to data collected by the Local Data Company.
While Bath said goodbye to Topshop in April with Dorothy Perkins and Burton earlier this year, the city has hosted big names like Jigsaw and saw the openings of fitness brands Peleton and Lululemon.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the city’s streets are already teeming with residents and visitors eager to return to major shopping districts.
But we’re curious if you think Bath High Street is missing something, and if you’re concerned about the number of declining businesses.
Do you think there should be more independent businesses in the region? Have your shopping habits changed over the past twelve months by becoming more and more dependent on online stores?
We’d love to hear what you think of Bath’s Main Street in the poll below.
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The city is already known to be a popular honeymoon destination in the UK this year as people search for the perfect romantic break and the hit Netflix series Bridgerton puts the city on the map.
The main street is full of restaurants, pubs, bars and attractions as well as large and small retailers, although many empty sites have been lost due to the pandemic.
Bath has received £ 500,000 in funding to help re-use empty Main Street properties donated by the West of England Combined Authority Salvage Fund.
The Vacant Units Action Project will help revive the region by implementing pop-up businesses and creative projects over two years.
This project is part of the Bath & North East Somerset Council Main Street Restoration Program.