Lovat Lane, London, by David Mark on Pixabay

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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VR gamers. Photo KWP

Exclusive: entertainment’s immersive re-emergence

Covering the immersive Out-of-Home entertainment scene, industry specialist Kevin Williams of KWP offers an overview of the commercial entertainment sector, after COVID (AC), and discusses the way the market is tentatively moving forward as it starts to reopen. For many, the global health crisis has been a cataclysmic event, apocalyptic in its impact on industry and business, and the obvious death knell for scores of industries. This pessimistic stance is understandable for those emerging from over 100 days of self-imposed isolation, but this can be a harmful and blinkered evaluation…

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Market Halls, Victoria

Biggest UK food halls say reopening is “impossible”

Market Halls, the company which operates three of the biggest food halls in the U.K., has announced that its sites on Oxford Street, in Victoria, and Fulham will remain closed. It will now begin the process of redundancy for all staff having concluded that there is no viable path to reopening with social distancing rules in place. A statement sent to Eater this afternoon says that ongoing uncertainty and a loss of shoppers and workers from London means that the indoor food markets will remain closed until further notice. Due…

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