With the regeneration of Redhill's town centre now underway, people are really beginning to see that change is coming. The quality of a local high street has a massive impact on the desirability of a town, although it's not as though upmarket brands turn up in an undesirable location in the hope that wealthier people will eventually move there.
Retailers need an audience already in place to attract them to an area, but as a town's high street improves so does interest in living there, bringing in more buyers, increasing house prices and of course, attracting more quality retailers, improving the high street yet further, and so on. It will be very interesting to see what happens in Redhill when we not only get more, bigger and better shops, but also an improved cultural offering.
This article in the Daily Mail shows just what a Waitrose, an M&S, or indeed a MacDonald's can do for a town. It makes very interesting reading.