What’s really convincing is looking at people’s behaviour, not their claimed behaviour. We don’t know how working patterns will settle down, but if we still spend a four day week in the offices on which city centre retail largely relies, then that’s 20% of lunchtime and evening spending being diverted to the suburban high street in the long term. And though I take all the claimed ‘ethical’ statements with a large grain of salt, it does seem as if people have become more committed to independent local businesses, regardless of which side of the ‘culture war’ they’re on. Deloitte has found that independent shops have grown by 1.3% since 2017, and that local high street vacancy rates have remained steady since 2013. This confirms that the high street is capable of constant reinvention. Small landlords can’t afford empty premises, so barriers to entry are low and new retail ideas can emerge and be tested so that the high street rapidly evolves to meet the needs of local shoppers.