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Business rates have made American candy stores a blight on our streets

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The emergence of large numbers of American-styled candy stores across the West End over the last year has become a cause for concern amongst high street retailers, leisure businesses and hospitality owners alike.

Having weathered the storms of the pandemic, which saw footfall and revenues plummet during lockdowns, the West End was beginning to show signs of recovery. Sales were on the rise as domestic visitors flocked back to central London, reuniting with friends and family across the district’s world-famous shops, bars and restaurants. In order to sustain this recovery however, we must continue to present the most attractive streets possible – enticing visitors from overseas to return, and domestic shoppers to make the journey into the centre of our capital more frequently. The opening of the Elizabeth Line and dressing of our streets for the Jubilee quite rightly made us all feel proud of London.

But this welcome recovery of one of Britain’s national assets is being soured by the growth of these stores which add little to the West End’s appeal.

To fight back before it gets out of hand, we need to understand the driving reason behind these new........

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