Tuesday 28 November 2017 9.01am
It is perhaps semantics, but to me "proper" fast food is your McDonald's
, KFC, Burger King, etc. It's the sort of thing you indulge in after a bit of retail therapy or when you want a milkshake. It's a world apart from the place where you buy your lunch when at work, albeit both could loosely be termed fast food. In fact, for greedy guts like me, the choice of a proper fast food establishment sometimes determines where you go shopping in the first place! I wonder whether a KFC
might bring increased footfall for small independents - who, you are right, BB, we should be encouraging and keeping.
But Borough High Street
's problems don't stem from the likes of KFC
moving there. It stems from a wholesale change over the last generation or so. There was a proper high street of sorts - a baker, butcher, shoe shop, pubs, a proper newsagent, and everything else - but exorbitant rents, property prices and a shift in consumer habits have driven them out. The only people then able to afford such properties are estate agents, Pret and the like and, of course, the supermarkets. What you end up with a soulless - and pretty useless - street of shops that nobody uses other than as a last resort (e.g. sandwich for lunch whilst at work and Pret/Sainsbury/whatever being on the doorstep.
Bit of a ramble, but I just don't see it as depressing. I'm actually looking forward to having an Oreo Krushem!