Thaifood instead of shoes: Bars and spend chains fill empty shops
Switzerland is dying in stores. On the other hand, gastronomy is emerging – but not everywhere.
The crisis in Swiss retail trade has consequences. 3400 small stores have been lost in five years, that's every tenth store. This is shown by a recent survey by the Federal Statistics Office. The back is an empty shop window. The replacement had to arrive, and the owner seemed a bit desperate for the restaurant. Coffees or bars can fill shopping gaps, including take-aways from Coop or Migros. International gastronomic chains that sell burgers or sandwiches are in question. No matter what it is, the main thing is that the void is filled.
Hope is alive because the gastro-chain is currently competing for free locations in Switzerland. They all have ambitious plans. Don't be spotted, it's time to breathe. The "Luigia" chain wants to serve fresh pasta and pizza in 1
A thaifood chain follows the shoe store. Such sequences are widespread. But is it also available on the shopping streets of small cities? And how long can such a gastrointestinal tract get well before it pops up?
Gastronomy has long been a concern in larger cities. However, there is no end to the boom. This is how the sentence given by Peter Herzog can be short. The expert says: "It has a lot of offers. Lots of businesses worry about very few visitors, and in many places, usage is too low." Which is reflected in finances. Herzog: "The bill is long gone."
And yet it can continue for a long time, even ten or fifteen years. Herzog: "Landlords decide: no one will find better, lower the rent – the restaurateur has survived." So it can stay on the ground floor of a building, a coffee shop or a "zero-waste shop". The void remains filled. But other holes are opening, on the balance sheets. "The landlords make less money and have to write letters."
What's the size of this gastro-boom? According to Herzog, he plays in Zurich or Bern, probably in Basel-Stadt. By contrast, there is no sign of a boom in Aarau, Solothurn or Schaffhausen. One reason: "They do not play a role in the planning of large gastrointestinal chains." They are limited to large cities, even in the best places. "In their business, the size of sales is everything."
Other mechanisms play out in medium-sized or small cities. Old money is boosting the course of things. It is not just paid for profitability. Stores with books or clothes are more likely to stick. But change is usually only postponed. Fashion stores have been revoked and not replaced by standard, coffee and co. "It does not have to be a disaster. It creates space for original gastronomy, perhaps in conjunction with coffees and readings."
How much can a gastro-boom help after the great "landelisterben"? The answer is complicated by by the fact that Switzerland knows nothing about their empty shops.The worthlessness of the apartments can be measured properly (see right) .In the other hand, the insignificance of shopping scenes cannot be said. Fredy Hasenmaile, real estate economist at Credit Suisse bank, said there are only official numbers for major centers. Only in the central centers are there, in small towns and none. " available in official figures, is euphemistically. "
Statistics indicate clearly – but appearances are deceptive
Hasenmaile is known by a number of retail spaces that the shop owner does not want more of. After that, the game is always the same. Empty space is somehow used differently. In his disappearance of statistics. Measured by the sum of all places of sale, less space is left empty in a city – and the so-called vacancy rate is falling. The statistics prove something clear. But the landlord earns less money. Hasenmaile: "One thinks everything is fine. Unfortunately, that is not the case.»
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