The city centers were already in trouble before the crisis, and more and more customers are staying away – buying online or in large supermarkets on the green field.
The dm boss now believes that the corona crisis should further accelerate the bleeding out of inner cities.
The corona crisis hit retailers hard. Most of the shops were closed for weeks – only supermarkets and drugstores were happy about increasing sales because people discovered hamsters for themselves.
In the meantime, life has returned to the inner cities. The shops have reopened – albeit with restrictions. The desire to shop with the Germans is slowly returning.
But even before the crisis, many experts feared that the inner cities and shopping streets would no longer have a prosperous future. Customers rely on the Internet, large shopping malls and huge supermarkets on the green field. The corona crisis should have fueled the trend further.
Dm boss Christoph Werner believes that it looks bleak for the city centers, as he explains in an interview with the “Badische Latest News”. “We will see a permanent change in the city centers,” he says.
The reason for this is that, above all, supermarkets and discounters had already moved onto the green field and into the suburbs before the crisis. Parking in city centers is also becoming increasingly expensive, says Werner. That is why, among other things, politics is to blame for the development that the inner cities are increasingly bleeding out.
Werner: Because of masks, people want to keep shopping as short as possible
“Now there is also the fact that the obligation to protect the mouth and nose means that people want to keep shopping as short as possible,” says Werner. It is therefore no wonder that customers prefer to migrate to the Internet or to the suburbs. The corona crisis could now exacerbate the problems for retailers in downtown areas, which are already plagued by slumps in sales.
Even the drugstore chain can no longer make up for sales losses in some branches due to the corona crisis in certain branches, says the dm boss. Drugstores were allowed to remain open during the lockdown, but there was a lull in shopping centers and train stations – for dm as well.