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Vanishing high streets a “parallel universe” to UK government

Our politicians have not yet woken up to the mass job losses and decline of town centres that the pandemic has accelerated. In the UK, the coronavirus crisis has been punctuated by a grim roll call of high street staples laying off jobs and closing branches. Boots will be cutting 4,000 jobs (7 per cent of its workforce) and closing 48 optician stores; John Lewis has announced 1,300 jobs are at risk as it closes eight stores; Burger King may shut up to 10 per cent of its UK restaurants,…

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