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    Default Pedestrianizing Leamington Town Centre?

    The council might get away with pedestrianizing the Parade, as there plenty of alternative routes between the top & bottom of town: https://www.stratford-herald.com/new...ntres-9241682/

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    I always used to try to avoid driving down The Parade, but I'm not sure what pedestrianising it would do to the roads (and shops) off it.
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    Weil another popular high street store bites the dust in Leamington Spa, We've lost River Island now.
    So it would be pointless pedestrianising the Parade with no shops to browse in. It's not going to happen.
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    I'm surprised to hear RI has gone Margaret.
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    Yes it was rather a bolt out of the blue.
    I doubt sometimes whether a quiet and unagitated life would have suited me - yet I sometimes long for it.

    - Lord Byron.

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    I wondered into River Island occasionally, but their clothes were never quite my style.

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    Looking at RI's latest accounts I don't see anything particularly alarming, (although their net worth has declined quite a lot since 2017, their cash reserves have increased and they can still easily cover any debts) so I can only assume that they're divesting themselves of units that they see as unprofitable in an effort to be ahead of the rest of the sector. I would guess that after the last couple of years they're focussing on online sales and that any physical stores that aren't paying their way are going to be closed.

    I don't know what rental The Parade attracts, but it won't be cheap, and with our financial situation and disposable incomes collapsing, I guess they have to make 'business' decisions.
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    Perhaps the rent is too high on the Parade. Though I was pleased to see a new Cotswold furniture company open up which has been there since last year.
    I doubt sometimes whether a quiet and unagitated life would have suited me - yet I sometimes long for it.

    - Lord Byron.

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    I think we're about to see another High Street collapse. Rents are soaring, disposable income is falling and footfall is decreasing.
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