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Waking up to 21st-century retailing

Sir,

The problems causing the enclosure of national retail chains like Toys R Us and Maplin are also impacting businesses here in Oban. So why are local politicians and trade groups refusing to act and think we still live in Victorian times?

Many people, and women in particular, now have such busy lives they have little time to shop, so it is much easier to go online. This rapid change in buyer behaviour is made worse by high property rents for high street shops compared to out-of-town stores and the punitive level of business rates as Holyrood seeks the mass strangling of golden geese.

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