One of Britain’s leading retail experts is coming to York to share his insights into how the city must change to survive.
Bill Grimsey is the former boss of retail chains including Wickes and Iceland.
He believes the High Street as we have grown to know it, is as good as dead already. So what happens next?
Mr Grimsey is coming to York to outline his vision that our retail areas have to adapt or die. And he will take questions on the future of York city centre.
The event, organised by founder of Indie York Johnny Hayes, is being sponsored by York High Street Forum and York Cycling Campaign, and is an opportunity to hear what Bill has to say and to debate the future of York retailing.
Johnny said: “The aim of this talk is to hear about Bill Grimsey’s perspective on where he thinks our high streets are heading.
“How businesses and councils need to prepare for changes that are coming, like it or not. Like the major carbon reductions to net zero in York in only a few years’ time.
“Diversifying and using redundant shops. York’s businesses competing with the internet.”
He added: “This will be an opportunity to discuss the elephant in the room for businesses campaigners, politicians, and residents about parking and creating open spaces.
“What is York council planning to do about parking in the city? Do we build multi storey car parks?
“Do we close other car parks and build on them? Do we welcome creating public realm?
“What is going to happen on York Central? What is going to happen on Coney Street? What are our transport plans?
“Where do we want our city to be in 20 rears time? These questions will be raised and it will be good to hear a debate that is not only from those that shout loudest.”
The meeting is being chaired by Phil Bixby and Helen Graham who took the lead on the My Castle Gateway and My York Central consultations.
Bill Grimsey – City High Streets that are fit for the rest of 21st century is at Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, 26 April.
The event is free but you need to register here.