Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Economics & Management

The digital challenge for the high street: insights from Europe.


For two decades policy makers, property owners, retailers, and academics, have been interested in the effects of the Internet for retailing, commercial real estate and shopping locations. At the time of the rise of the commercial Internet many futurists predicted that this process innovation would decrease the role of towns and shopping areas as a focal point for consumption and human interaction. Despite the strong growth in online shopping and increasing competition form e-retailers, shopping areas are not yet obsolete.


Weltevreden, J.W.J. (2014). The digital challenge for the high street: inisghts from Europe. In: Wrigley, N and Brookes, E (eds) 2014. 'Evolving high streets: resilience and reinvention - perspectives from social science'. ESRC/ University of Southampton, pp. 32-35.

30 november 2014