Leaders in about 30 struggling town centres have expressed interest in model spearheaded by Macclesfield and Altrincham Can craft beer and sourdough pizza heal Britain’s ailing market town centres after a pummeling from the internet and retail parks? Macclesfield is joining a growing band of small towns about to find out. Instead of fighting a trillion-dollar giant like Amazon, the Cheshire town is trying to harness the national foodie obsession to claw back the social purpose of its centre. The council is poised to approve plans for a communal food hall in a redundant cinema in an effort to turn the heart of the former weaving town into a place where people congregate again.
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