Today Mary Portas has released a government-commissioned report on the state of the UK high street, describing it as “at crisis point”, in part due to out of town shopping centres. What Portas doesn’t mention, however, is the role she has played in this.
As PR man Simon Francis points out, however, Portas actually works for a Who’s Who of shopping centres and chain stores at whose door she has laid the blame for the blight afflicting the high streets.
The list of clients of her Yellow Door marketing agency includes two Westfield complexes, as well as a list of chain fashion retailers including Clarks, Oasis and Republic. She has even boasted on her Telegraph blog:
“I found myself involved on many levels with the development of Westfield, London”
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Unless you’re Mary Portas, in which case you’re both.