While UK retailers are seeking government assistance to help them keep shops occupied, the government has another idea about what to do with empty retail locations. Officials have launched a £3 million effort to help temporarily convert empty stores into art displays or other community projects. "Art displays are not the answer for empty shops," said Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium. "We agree that vacant premises blight town centres. But contriving schemes to fill them with other users is tackling the symptom while ignoring the cause."
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