Having yet more shops is not the alternative to good, old fashioned, skilled engineering and manufacturing industry.
What kind of shop are we offered these days? Large, out of town, with free parking.
Alternatively you can come into the middle of town and enjoy a mix of smaller shops and some High Street names, market stalls and a Market Hall, BUT you must pay for parking.
So, what is the next big idea? Destroy the car park that serves the traditional centre of the town and replace it with shops that compete with the rest of the town.
In 1815 we were regarded as a nation of shopkeepers. We certainly are now.