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A ‘poor second’ to out-of-town supermarkets … Sainsbury’s boss Justin King

by on February 13, 2012 in Lead story

   A leading supermarket boss is to call for Britain’s declining high street to be ‘shrunk’ and empty shops replaced with houses or classrooms.

Mr King believes classrooms and housing are just two of the options which could help kickstart parts of the overcapacity’ high street

Justin King, the chief executive of Sainsbury’s, will state this week that the nation’s high streets have become a ‘poor second’ to out-of-town supermarkets.

Mr King’s comments are likely to attract criticism, however, as many independent retailers blame the likes of Sainsbury’s for ruining local trade in the first place.

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