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Grocers replaced by nail bars on UK High Street

In many places the butchers, bakers and grocers of the traditional High Street are disappearing, but it seems the empty buildings are not lying empty for long.

Far from becoming ghost towns, new research from the BBC's Inside Out programme suggests coffee shops, hair-dressers and even nail bars are moving in to fill the gaps.

The BBC's Emma Simpson is in Wimbledon Village, in South West London, to explain why.

  • 06 Dec 2010