Can the Pandemic Rescue Britain’s Shopping Areas? This Town Hopes So.

In a British coastal town, a major landlord is giving away free rent for two years as part of a redevelopment plan.

In Poole, on England’s southwest coast, an unlikely combination of vested interests are coming together to support the downtown shopping area.Credit…Suzie Howell for The New York Times

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By Eshe Nelson

POOLE, England — Hope Dean is loyal to Poole, her hometown in southwest Britain, but she acknowledges that its shopping district has often been a source of embarrassment.

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