In my Ward, Bearwood, the shopping centre is dominated by Safeways, soon to become Morrisons. Over the years Safeways has shown a singular lack of respect to the local community. Smaller shops selling a range of fresh food and vegetables have gradually dwindled until the shopping centre consists of pizza parlours, estate agents and charity shops. Safeways has shown absolutely zilch commitment to the local community they have been party to the destruction of. So good to read George Monbiot's analysis of these leeches.
Of course, Morrisons, meanwhile, are set to dispose of many of the sites they have taken over. Will we be left with the shell of a shopping centre to try to reconstruct?