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Perfect high street for Brits includes vintage shops and record stores

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Researchers asked Brits to picture their dream high street, with a deli (38 percent), florist (45 percent) and ice cream parlour (41 percent) all coming high on the list of dream establishments

Modern Brits love the idea of vintage shops(Getty Images)

Forget the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker – the perfect high street for modern Brits includes vintage shops, record stores and coffee houses.

Researchers asked Brits to picture their dream high street, with a deli (38 percent), florist (45 percent) and ice cream parlour (41 percent) all coming high on the list of dream establishments.




Modern Brits also love the idea of vintage shops (37 percent), farm produce shops (37 percent) and record stores (37 percent), while a clean living one in three (35 percent) dream of having a health food shop close to them.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top wish was a decent pharmacy (58 percent), while 45 percent of those surveyed said a decent local pub was a must have.

According to new research by Smart Energy GB, 62 percent believe a good high street has a mixture of modern and traditional shops.

One in three (34 percent) want a Chinese restaurant nearby, while 33 percent think a chocolatier would be a tasty addition.

A whopping 98 percent think that the high street has changed dramatically over the last ten years, with three quarters (74 percent) claiming it has got worse and 91 percent seeing shops close.

Despite this, over half (54 percent) think that a thriving high street is an important part of building a community and that local, independent enterprises help create a sense of unity (50 percent).

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