CitySession: Eat the City

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Harvey Nichols Manchester

It would have been all too easy to give up on our towns and cities. With the ‘click and you get it’ culture cutting through the hamstrings of traditional retail, many thought the high street was dead.

Experience, however, tells us a different story. People are still making their way down Main Street, looking for something different. We’re still putting on our best bib and tucker to make a day of it. All over Britain – and the world – we’re still heading into our towns and cities, even as the Amazon drones make ready with their parcel-taped packages.

And the key? Food and drink. We’re droving into our urban centres in search of an experiential blast of gustatory pleasure. We’re coupling it up with some niche retail, a gig and a show or two, but food, and drinking, is now the vital ingredient.

On Tuesday 9 May CityCo and the Heart of Manchester BID will host a lively panel debate to discuss how a symbiotic relationship between retail and Food & Beverage (F&B) can help to reinvigorate our city centres. We’ll feature inspiring speakers from the city, retail, academia and the F&B industry who’ll discuss how disruptive digital technologies and the fundamental changes in retail logistics are changing our shopping habits and having an impact on our high streets. We’ll also be looking to the future and asking how leveraging a multi-modal shopping experience can make our cities vibrant, dynamic and resilient spaces.

Speakers and further details to be announced.

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