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But it is not only the high street that is affected. Major retailers like Tesco, Wickes, ASDA and B&Q have announced dramatic reductions in opening large new stores (though convenience is still massively important) and all have plans to subdivide giant stores, leasing space to other retailers.

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Retail stores will remain an important, although smaller, part of retailing in high streets, malls and retail parks as online continues to grow. The 'normal' retail model needs revisiting, under the combined pressures of high costs, consumer reluctance to spend, and rapid growth of online retailing.

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The destinations that do well will be those: serving a mainly prosperous hinterland; areas of growth, new housing and young families; easy-to-reach tourist areas aimed at middle-income families; and areas where unemployment is low. The best performers will be areas like London, the South East, key shopping cities like London, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, and Glasgow, and tourist areas like Oxford, Harrogate, and Brighton. There will be retail problem areas within otherwise thriving decent retail zones (eg Oxford) and successes in areas where we expect large percentage falls in shop numbers. But in very general terms the changes in store numbers reflect the North-south divide.

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Real Greek and Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore has reported headline Ebitda for the year – although in growth – is expected to be below market expectations. The company also said due to the uncertain economic outlook it was reducing the number of restaurant openings for the coming year. It stated: “Fulham Shore’s current financial year ends on 25 March 2018 and the results for that year will be announced in mid-July 2018. We expect to report an increase in turnover and headline Ebitda for the year ending 25 March 2018 over the past financial year ended 26 March 2017. While turnover for the year ending 25 March 2018 will be broadly in line with market expectations, our headline Ebitda will, however, be below market expectations. This is primarily due to trade in our suburban London restaurants, which, while they are still busy, are serving fewer customers than last year with higher operating costs. We have opened 13 new restaurants in the financial year to 25 March 2018, taking the number of restaurants operating at the year end to 41 Franco Manca pizzerias in the UK, one Franco Manca pizzeria franchised in Italy and 16 The Real Greek restaurants. We are currently building a Franco Manca pizzeria in Bath and we have exchanged contracts on a site for later in the year in South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh. We are operating in an uncertain economic outlook for both the UK and the restaurant sector in particular. As a consequence, we will bring forward our plans only to fund new restaurant openings from our internally generated free cash flow by reducing the number of new restaurant openings for the coming year. We will also choose those locations that we believe will give us above average returns and sensible property deals. We continue to offer freshly prepared food at great prices which, we feel, has led to our continuing profitability. All of our cash generated is reinvested back into the business. With this policy we keep our prices low and create jobs in new restaurants. Many of our employees are shareholders, creating a ‘super family’ of investors. In addition, our restaurant sites have been chosen with care and we have avoided property leases with excess space or particularly high rents. This affordable menu position is where we believe we should be placed within the restaurant sector. We believe that this, along with a prudent opening plan, puts us in a good position when the UK economic environment improves.”

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Healthy eating brand Tossed has acquired healthy grab-and-go retailer Vital Ingredient for an undisclosed sum. Vital Ingredient, which has 13 stores, specialises in made-to-order salads and soups. The combined group will operate from 38 locations across London, the Welcome Break service stations and Dubai. Vital Ingredient was acquired by FCFM Group from administrators in January this year. Tossed founder and managing director Vincent McKevitt, said: “We are very excited to create one of the largest healthy eating groups in the UK. We look forward to growing the business and taking healthy eating to even more people. Our companies have different strengths and we are looking forward to taking the best from both. Vital has a great team and superb locations, whilst Tossed is strong in hot food and technology. We will look to review our systems and cherry pick the best from both brands.” Tossed are technology-led pioneers in the healthy eating space, having launched Europe’s first cashless restaurants in 2015.

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Although retail change might seem to concern only retail employees and change-averse retail businesses, the transformation will have unintended consequences for the many hundreds of £billions tied up in retail property by pension funds, investment companies, shopping centre owners and retailers themselves. The current business model is intimately involved with real estate: a significant fall in property prices caused by major falls in the demand for stores (and store profitability) will affect all property assets for many years to come. One response will be to reduce rents (and therefore the profitability of developments). It is already having a significant negative effect on many UK high streets and a detrimental impact on town centres. Action now will prevent the transformation of retailing from becoming a long-term crisis for property markets and town centres.