Having just watched the six o'clock News I see that now House of Fraser is closing over half of its High Street Shopping outlets with the loss of something like six thousand jobs. Last week it was M and S and now Poundworld is on the verge of collapse. It does seem as though our shopping habits are rapidly changing out of all recognition.
I suppose it is only to be expected given that on line shopping is so easy and more and more people have computers and so have access to so many more choices without moving out of the comfort of their armchair. Sad but inevitable I suppose.
Bus services have been cut to the minimum in country areas and - without sounding feminist - if a family has only one car and Dad uses it for work then I am sure if Mum doesn't drive (and there are still many families like this in country areas) that Dad - if he has to use the car on Saturdays - would agree there are a thousand places he would rather go than shopping. So it has to be on line shopping for the grocery order and the same for clothes. And retailers have made it super easy to return things which don't fit and almost always postage is paid.
So we have to adapt. As to the job losses I don't know what happens there. Unemployment figures are at their lowest but many of the jobs which have been created are not necessarily paying the minimum wage (there are so many ways of getting round it).
The times they are a changing as somebody said a long time ago (Bob Dylan??) - if it was he then it hasn't happened overnight has it.