In the UK most of what we call our High Streets have been reduced to Charity Shops, Estate Agents, Hairdressers/Barbers and coffee shops. The big Supermarkets, Tesco, Morrison Sainburys, Asda etc have taken all of the customers out of town with huge stores being built. The landlords have hiked up the rents here so steep, small traders (hobby shops) don't have the money any longer to rent. There are no large chain stores of model shops as most have gone out of business who have refused to accept online trading.
A small newspaper shop in town has moved from one side of the street to another due to his rent review increase being too big, and the other landlord offering a cut price rent to fill his premises. The new rent deal for his old shop(still empty after nearly twelve months) is £1100 per month plus electricity, refuse collection and water. On top of that the new tenant has to pay nearly the same as his rent for business shop rates to the local council. So £2000 approx is to be paid on top of shop fittings and stock of whatever he is trading in. As it might be a new business start-up he can't get any credit so has to pay for his fittings and stock in cash!
By two sons were very good at BMX racing and I looked at setting them up with a bike shop when they left school That was in the mid 1980's and we looked at the proposition and I needed £50,000 just for the first year with no profit, therefore no wages for them!