Do outlet centres offer a successful template for the future of retail?

COMMENT: It’s safe to say the high street has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past few months, mostly downs. This is a sentiment substantiated by the numbers, which show sales volumes fell by 0.2% in the last quarter of 2018 according to the Office for National Statistics, a period traditionally seen as the high street’s time to shine.

The convenience of online shopping, the strain on the public purse and even periods of adverse weather have all too often been to blame for the high street’s decline, but perhaps it’s less about shoppers’