How one British high street is preparing for Brexit

York's Bishopthorpe Road has gone from strength to strength in recent years. But can its shopkeepers overcome their latest and perhaps greatest challenge?

Britain's high streets are already feeling the effects of Brexit, with shops and retailers grappling with the uncertainty over the country's impending departure from the European Union and many believing that steep price increases and supply problems
Britain's high streets are already feeling the effects of Brexit, with shops and retailers grappling with the uncertainty over the country's impending departure from the European Union and many believing that steep price increases and supply problems are inevitable.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In a tiny, windowless back office, Mr Dan Ebdon is hunched over a computer screen. "I'm trying to find a Victorian-style ash pan," he says. "But I'm struggling."

His knees are pressed against rolls of black bin liners, the shelves at his elbow hold drums of cable and chain, and hanging overhead are racks of wood mouldings, all part of this hardware shop's 25,000 products. "I must have spent an hour on this," he sighs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'How one British high street is preparing for Brexit'. Subscribe