Green field site in prime location,
planning application made,
public meeting , opposition,
hardline views, foregone conclusion,
council votes, approval granted
Press announcement made applauding,
brand new store, a big attraction,
grab a basket, grab a trolley,
don’t miss out on opening offers.
Gourmet foods, exciting products
new collections, spring designs
fancy wrappings well presented
stylish goods from leading brands.
‘May I help you? Only looking!
Staff shelf-stacking hindering access,
empty boxes blocking isles,
goods displayed beyond their sell-by,
self-scan checkouts, baskets only,
this till closed, frustration mounting.
Foot-falls down and profits plunging,
weekly targets downward spinning,
clearance goods at knock-down prices,
prices slashed, go grab a bargain,
all must go in closing sale.
Dirty windows, tattered posters,
concrete cracking, buddleias blooming,
rusty chain across the entrance,
demolition work in progress.
Brown field site in prime location.