The end of the high street music retailer?
Went into Kingston today to see (and touch and feel i.e. what you can't do with internet shopping) the Beatles box-set before deciding on whether to buy or just go down the individual cd route. They'd sold out - sold out on Wednesday in fact. So thought where else can I go... and it was... nowhere!
This is a town that is one of the major shopping centres for the south-west corner of London and surrounds. Their tourist website boasts:
"Kingston is internationally renowned for its extensive range of shops, markets and services for the busy visitor. The title of the premier retail centre in the South East of England is well justified. Traditionally a historic Market Town, Kingston has, over the past decade,received substantial investment resulting in the provision of 3.5 million sq ft of retail floor space..."
All that retail space and only one specialist shop selling cd's! I know it's been this way for a while, but the reality of it all really struck me today.