No one drives into an unfamiliar town and asks for directions to the nearest retail park. They probably want to know where the town centre is and, after finding somewhere to park, go off to explore what the local shops have to offer. If you want to see if a national retailer holds the same stock as the one in your town, then you will have hours of fun. But for interest and entertainment, it’s the independent shops that will be your best bet. Buy something from an independent on July 4th.