Leader: In-store polling stations could give retail a boost

George MacDonald

December’s general election has raised fears among retailers of disruption to peak trading. But perhaps the political showdown brings an opportunity for store groups to welcome more shoppers by serving their communities.

A few themes have quickly emerged since the election was called. All will hope for a final resolution to Brexit, which has divided the nation so poisonously.

From a retail perspective, there is a concern the election will be all-consuming, creating a diversionary get-out-the-popcorn soap opera as the arguments rage during peak.

And, more critically, businesses fear it could prompt people to keep a tight hold on the purse strings as they consider the economic implications for themselves and the country.

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