Shopping in a small-ish town can remind one of Haydn's Farewell Symphony, in which, as his or her part ends, each player leaves the platform, until only one is left.
One by one, small independent shops are closing, their premises being filled by 'chain' shops or charity outlets.
Here in Leamington this month brought the demise of Blackie's, a well stocked art supplies shop. Hey ho.
On The Parade, our classy 'main drag', there remain just two independent shops - an upscale leather goods retailer and Harways, a traditional-looking (I've not ventured inside) purveyor of ladies' underwear - I have a feeling that the word corsetiere may be appropriate.