Clone towns

An excellent article, Attack of the clone towns, at bbc.co.uk on the clonisation of High Street UK.

While there is healthy debate in the UK about clonisation, there seems to be little media attention here in Australia. Yet the changes are taking place, even in the small towns.

With every independent retail business closure a town or city loses a piece of local culture. It also loses choice and an independent voice.

The Federal Government ought to use its resources to research the social and economic impact of clone retailers. It’s time we found out the cost of this ‘progress’ and who the key beneficiaries are.

There was a time when we greeted the giant US retail chains as they established themselves here. We saw their arrival as a marker of progress.

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