High Streets need all the help they can get. The Mail campaigned to save them and Philip Hammond provided a boost in the budget with tax cuts for small shops.
But help can also be at the hand of pensioners, who prefer butchers and bakers to deliveries from supermarkets.
We know that our owners enjoy a mix of shops, cafes and services on their doorstep, and they also enjoy the social interaction associated with this type of shopping, compared to larger stores in the city & # 39; says Spencer McCarthy, President of Churchill Retirement Living, which builds schemes at striking distances from city centers.
Full of life: Lichfield & # 39; s High Street is within walking distance of McCarthy & Stone & # 39; s Scott Place
It is clear that struggling High Streets need regular strengths to keep them alive & # 39 ;, he adds.
Research from Henley Business School showed that 80 percent of people who live in a retirement shop every day, shop daily and use 40 percent daily services such as libraries and post offices.
Nigel Sibley, from LifeCare Residences that runs Battersea Place, the first luxury retirement village of London, just a bus ride from Chelsea's King's Road, claims that the shopping habits of the elderly and their interest in eating out the High Street form.
Like many retirees, one of the reasons that former CEO Ken Malin, 83, and his wife Dorothy moved from their home in Solihull to an apartment at McCarthy & Stone in the development of the Bilberry Place, so they could get closer to the stores to be.
Ken says: & # 39; Moving to Bilberry Place has given Dorothy and I so much freedom. We always walk together through the main street.
& # 39; Living so close to the city center is essential for us. Once you are over 80, it is important that you live in a convenient location, so if you can not drive, you will not feel isolated. & # 39;
McCarthy & Stone has several schedules near city centers. There are homes for sale at Scott Place near the bustling center of Lichfield, Staffordshire, with one bedroom houses from £ 195,000.
Keatley Place, a short walk from the pretty town of Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire, offers one bedroom apartments from £ 222,500, and in the town of Settle in Yorkshire, 22 houses in Wickets with two-bedroom houses are priced from £ 309,999.
& # 39; Our customers are typically mortgage-free and can, thanks to their purchasing power, lead a much-needed High Street renaissance ", says Gary McCarthy & Stone's Day.
Audley Villages builds her first retirement community in the heart of Clapham, South London.
Due to completion in 2020, a mix of one and two bedroom houses will sell from £ 665,000.
"Beyond are the days when aging means moving to the country and slowing down," said Nick Sanderson, general manager of Audley. & # 39; More people want the liveliness of cities with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and theaters on their doorstep.
Neil MacKichan, from the Retiremove website for retirement, says: & # 39; It is a misguided assumption that older people only visit corner shops or boutiques.
& # 39; Their purchasing power can lead to large purchases in larger stores. That is why local authorities have to take into account the benefits of nearby housing projects in the planning process. & # 39;