Saturday, 16 February 2008

Specialist shops

The Sustainable Development Commission has reported on supermarkets. (See also Nick Tregoning's comments.) Parliament has enacted, with cross-party support, legislation to revive the local high street and community enterprises.

But what is to happen if people, particularly younger people, are not prepared to come forward to run the shops? JD Meats, the last specialist butcher in Skewen, will close as soon as the owner can find a buyer. She (yes, women can be butchers, too) has given up on selling the business as a going concern, because new people are not entering the trade.

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