In November 1964 American based retailers, Gem International Supercentre Incorporated, opened the first modern hypermarket on the outskirts of Birmingham. With parking spaces for 1,000 cars, around 50 departments under the one roof, including furniture, clothing, a pharmacy and hardware, this “windowless” store amazed the 30,000 people who turned up on the first week of its opening. Now occupied by an Asda superstore, this signalled the start of the introduction to out of town shopping to the British public. It also heralded a change in our consumer habits as we began to move away from the high street, although the blame for the demise and decline of the city centre cannot be set squarely at the foot of hypermarket. Online shopping, the cost of parking, inadequate public transport or suitable parking areas, lack of choice,you can take your pick, as these are just some of the reasons why we don’t head down to the city centre for our shopping spree. Walk down any high street in many towns or city centres and you would be hard pressed to say which conurbation you were actually standing in. The same row of mainstream clothing stores, a frozen food retailer, fast food outlets, a couple of charity shops and you could be just about anywhere.