Cambridge ranked as UK’s top retail location for 2nd time

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// Cambridge named as top retail destination in UK
// Westfield London ranked as runner-up, with Knightsbridge coming in third
// Byker Shields in Newcastle ranked as least vital shopping destination

Cambridge has ranked as the UK’s top retail location, according to new research.

Strategic retail property consultancy Harper Dennis Hobbs found that the city university topped a list of 1000 retail locations scoring best and worst.

Cambridge rated high in terms of its proportion of upmarket and discount stores, as well as vacancy rates.

Two of London’s retail locations came in close behind as Westfield London ranked as runner-up, with Knightsbridge coming in third.

Meanwhile, Byker Shields in Newcastle was ranked as the least vital shopping destination for a second time, with Stretford in Greater Manchester and Kirkby in Merseyside coming in second and third respectively.

“The changing face of the high street means retailers need to be confident their investment is likely to pay off. Quality retailers don’t want to be surrounded by empty units, discount stores and betting shops, which are a clear indicator of deprivation in the area,” Harper Dennis Hobbs head of retail consultancy Jonathan De Mello said.

“While the big cities and most prominent shopping malls should absolutely be a key priority
for any retailer trading in the UK, this research highlights the fact that small but flourishing
towns and suburbs can be viable retail locations, particularly as rents are typically more
affordable.”

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