The media coverage of the problems facing Toys-R-Us and Maplin are pretty widespread. The media love a disaster story and when you add in brand names the public suddenly takes notice.
In many town centres, I am sure that the vacant units will be boarded up or replaced with temporary outlets pending a strong tenant to take over. The process is nothing unusual for landlords with larger units and blue-chip tenants.
What many people miss is that the problems of brand names such as Toys-R-Us and Maplin also impact on the smaller commercial landlord, it is this impact that is too often missed.
This is how it will impact on the everyday commercial property landlord: