Shops in Uxbridge, even those in the two shopping malls, are on the decline, so much so that every third of fourth one has been taken over by a charity, or is just left empty. Recently, I have noticed a new variation on this theme; the new business that takes over a shop and then never opens. Judging from the new frontages and interior fittings, serious money has been spent but the opening day never comes. The 'opening soon' signs in the window give way to those advertising circuses, and a pile of unanswered mail accumulates behind the door. Has anyone else noticed this trend?