Maldon: Town's traders urged to go online to prosper

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Mary Powell, chairman of Maldon Business Association, already has a web business Mary Powell, chairman of Maldon Business Association, already has a web business

Maldon's traders have claimed an online presence is vital after empty shops hit the highest rate in 15 months.

A British Retail Consortium report has found that the number of empty shops on the UK’s high streets has hit the highest level since its survey began in July 2011.

The town centre vacancy rate is now over 11 per cent.

Although many are pointing towards the internet as a key driver behind the demise of the high street, Maldon traders said both must coexist to be successful.

Mary Powell, chairman of the Maldon Business Association, who runs Maldon Emporium in the town's High Street and Emporium Direct online, said: “In my opinion the future is most businesses are going to have use the internet as well as have a high street shop."

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8:50pm Thu 22 Nov 12

There Abouts says...

"Although many are pointing towards the internet as a key driver behind the demise of the high street..."

The problem, rightly or wrongly, is Maldon's two large shopping centres and lack/ease of high street parking.
"Although many are pointing towards the internet as a key driver behind the demise of the high street..." The problem, rightly or wrongly, is Maldon's two large shopping centres and lack/ease of high street parking. There Abouts
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2:52pm Fri 23 Nov 12

An alternative view says...

The vast majority of shops are shut in town when I'm free to do my shopping as I work normal hours, t'internets open all day :-)

If it wasn't for M&S I doubt I'd visit the town anymore, there are very few inspiring shops (the cook shop being an exception which is excellent), and for me its not about parking, I can always get a park dead easy on a Saturday anytime of the day
The vast majority of shops are shut in town when I'm free to do my shopping as I work normal hours, t'internets open all day :-) If it wasn't for M&S I doubt I'd visit the town anymore, there are very few inspiring shops (the cook shop being an exception which is excellent), and for me its not about parking, I can always get a park dead easy on a Saturday anytime of the day An alternative view
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