Council puts fake shops on empty high street

275x250.jpg A council has found a novel way to deal with the problem of a recession hit high street -- fake shops.

Bosses in North Tyneside were so fed up with empty units they started installing fake stores which give the impression the units are occupied.

The 'stores' are given a smart frontage and computer generated images of new businesses - such as a delicatessen - are put up inside, passers-by say they are so realistic some had not even noticed the stores were not genuine.

It is hoped the move could attract new businesses into the area… unless companies are put off by the competition of the faux shops.
275x250.jpg Judith Wallace, North Tyneside Council’s Deputy Mayor said: “ We need to do whatever we can to support our businesses and our town centres.

“The economic climate has forced many businesses to bring down the shutters.  We need to ensure that the remaining businesses continue to survive and that means ensuring our high streets look attractive to both shoppers and potential business investors.

“This is a simple and cost effective approach that keeps the retail unit available for potential new uses and in the meantime also contributes to the street scene.”

North Tyneside Council  
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