A leading city business group is predicting fewer stores in Canterbury as online shopping increasingly takes bigger bites out of High Street takings.Lisa Carlson, who heads the Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District, known as BID, fears traditional retail space could shrink due to “rapidly changing times” she describes as “a bit scary”.She was speaking after the festive season brought some respite for hard-pressed stores in Canterbury, where there were both winners and losers.Scroll down for audio “We don’t have the figures yet, but anecdotally I am hearing that some stores did well and some not so,” she said.One concern is that shops will be replaced by more places to eat and drink – the latest example being the closure of Steamer Trading in Burgate, which is being replaced by a Harris and Hoole coffee lounge.Another significant site up for sale is the nearby Blacks outdoor shop which is holding a closing down sale.It is believed to be relocating to smaller premises elsewhere in the city.Tellingly, the landlord has applied for planning permission to add ‘A3 restaurant’ to its potential future uses.But Mrs Carlson, whose organisation funds city centre enhancements and activities from a levy on traders, remains confident the city… Read full this story
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