Opinion: Amazon could be source of new ideas on retail property

George MacDonald

In a week in which Arcadia took its proposed store closures to a creditor vote, Amazon was opening shops.

The divergent fortunes of the pair paint a stark picture of the ongoing shift in the retail landscape, as some of the old empires shrink and new powers rise.

There’s doubtless an element of PR in Amazon’s 10 planned ‘Clicks and Mortar’ stores, which are being run in partnership with small business development specialist Enterprise Nation.

As the etail goliath faces scrutiny over its tax arrangements and accusations it is contributing to the ‘death of the high street’, the stores and their support for entrepreneurs could help cast Amazon in a kinder light.

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