Following on from my recent rant about the pros and cons of shopping at Merry Hill, I ventured into Birmingham City Centre yesterday to do some more (theoretically last minute!) shopping.
Although by no means perfect, I have to say it was a much more pleasant experience and underlines my belief in shopping in “real” places.
Yes, there were a few undesirables hanging about but there was a much bigger choice of places to shop and things to buy (they have an Ian Allan for starters!). It might be different if you're interested in buying clothes as a leisure activity but I'm not so that doesn't count.
It was very sad though to see Border's Bookshop having their closing-down sale. I first encountered the Borders brand on a visit to
City Centre shopping is evidently not dead, though, whatever the media might try to have us believe from time to time.