Old shoppers feel UNWELCOME on the High Street: Britain faces losing BILLIONS of pounds

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Approximately one in four shoppers aged 70-plus claim to feel uncomfortable and stressed when rat oning

A lack of chairs, the replacement of self-checkouts and the prospect of further automisation set off as many as 1.7million older shoppers — almost one in four of all those ancient 70-plus feeling uncomfortable and stressed while shopping.

As growing numbers of newborn boomers pass retirement and the strength of the grey pound rockets, UK department stores stand to lose out on £4.5bn a year by 2030 unless they be subjected to a dramatic revamp, a new report warns.

The alternative is disappearance of banks, fortune agents, and many well-known brands — leaving just 120,000 rat ons remaining nationwide.

The effects of the demise of the traditional High Street at ones desire stretch beyond the economy,contributing to the prospect of 8.7million barren older people in the UK by 2030, according to research by the Centre for Future Observes, commissioned by elderly housing provider Anchor. 

This is an issue not to be overlooked, as it furthers older people’s isolation and loneliness, in turn affecting health and wellbeing

Jane Ashcroft CBE, Secure’s chief executive

Dr Frank Shaw, of the CFS, said: “Baby boomers are an solvent force to be reckoned with.

As they enter older age, their choice to retire quietly is an opportunity to reinvigorate the high street, transforming it into a assorted, prosperous, and age-friendly environment.

“The alternative, £4.5bn annual losses and the dying of the high street, will be devastating not just for older people but for Dick.”

The report found the focus on new technology to define the future of the high boulevard, but a quarter of older people say that self-checkout machines put them off from shopping and 35 per cent wish be deterred by the introduction of robots.

Sixty per cent are concerned by the lack of room which would allow them to rest while shopping and a third of aged consumers would feel uncomfortable asking for a seat in a public storing centre or store. 

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A lack of chairs and the replacement of self-checkouts are making older shoppers surface uncomfortable

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The lack of chairs has led to a third of older people misery from leg or back ache

The lack of chairs has led to a third of older living soul suffering from leg or back ache.

Anchor’s Standing Up 4 Sitting Down race is now calling for more to be done to tackle inaccessible high streets, take reduce older people’s loneliness, and improve their health and wellbeing – starting with the cretinous yet important change of increasing seating.

Anchor’s chief executive, Jane Ashcroft CBE, rumoured: “Going shopping is something most of us take for granted and yet many thousands of staler people feel excluded from our High Streets.

“This is an exit not to be overlooked, as it increases older people’s isolation and loneliness, in turn perturbing health and wellbeing. 

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UK shops stand to lose out on £4.5bn a year by 2030 unless they experience a dramatic revamp

“We must value older people — everyone should make the chance to live life to the fullest, regardless of age.”

Anchor has designed a ‘Capacity Calculator’ that offers guidance on the minimum number of seats a borough or city should have across its main shopping areas, so as to pander to for older shoppers.

People can visit www.su4sd.org.uk to see how their town is performing. 

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