Nailsea ‘becoming a ghost town’ as more High Street shops set to close

PUBLISHED: 15:58 20 December 2018

Sandi MacDonald in her shop, 'Beautiful' in Nailsea High Street. It is closing after more than 15 years of trading.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sandi MacDonald in her shop, 'Beautiful' in Nailsea High Street. It is closing after more than 15 years of trading. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


Low footfall and a change in consumer’s buying activities have resulted in a number of stores in Nailsea’s High Street closing down.

Four shops will shut in the coming weeks, with Beautiful and The Blue Room going on Saturday, The Old Factory Shop shutting at the end of the month and Moonrise Lingerie in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre closing its doors at the end of January.

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Beautiful is the town’s only upmarket homeware retail shop and has been trading for more than 15 years.

Owner Sandi MacDonald has decided to semi-retire and move into the dog-walking business after becoming increasingly frustrated with the difficulties independent stores face.

She told the Times: “The High Street is dying in Nailsea, it is becoming a bit of a ghost town and is getting quieter.

“Unfortunately, it has become more difficult for independent businesses to survive, I put my heart and soul into it and have given my life to this store, people have told me Nailsea is going to lose something special.

“Quirky shops like mine are dying out because internet shopping has changed everything and it makes it tough on independent shops.”

High streets and town centres across the country are facing uncertain futures in 2019.

Empty units are now more common in towns and cities, and Nailsea is no different.

Sandi feels more could be done to help independent stores survive and thrive in the town.

She added: “The way things are going I expect Nailsea to lose more of its independent shops.

“I feel not enough is being done to help business owners and attract investment in to the town.

“But I must thank my children and all the wonderful customers who have supported me over the past 15 years.”

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