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Drop the street clutter phobia and help our shops advertise – Kev...

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This week in The Scotsman Roddy Smith, the CEO of Essential Edinburgh, warned of some of the stark figures facing businesses in the city centre with Princes Street footfall down by up to 90 per cent from March and over 30 empty shops in the area the BID covers – and that is before the exodus to Edinburgh St James now planned for spring next year.

The figures keep coming and quite rightly Roddy points out that Edinburgh’s 580,000 residents even if they do their best to shop local cannot make up for the 4,500,000 visitors that come to Edinburgh every year.

One thing Roddy doesn’t mention that is very evident to me is that the make-up of those shopping at the moment is very different from that only a few months ago. Look around and you will see far more younger people as a percentage of shoppers than might be expected.

Certainly this........

© Edinburgh Evening News