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From bits and bytes to bricks and mortar - Raspberry Pi opens first store

Raspberry Pi - bucking the high street trend Photo: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge is synonymous with the British computing industry.

Back in the 1980s Sir Clive Sinclair helped popularise home computing with the affordable machines the ZX80 and ZX Spectrum.

At around the same time the city helped launch the BBC micro - which got a generation of schoolkids hooked on coding.

And that revolution has continued with the Raspberry PI - the world's best-selling computer.

Now could the city which revolutionised computing be about to do the same for shopping?

Watch Rob Halden-Pratt's report about the new store below

"Obviously we've been very successful online ourselves but we've come to realise that there are things we can't do online particularly in getting new sorts of customers to us and giving us a chance to experience of new customers, that's what the shop is all about."

– Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi

They're not the only technology firm swapping bits and bytes for bricks and mortar...

The launch at the city's Grand Arcade comes as traditional retailers are all finding things a bit of a struggle.

Among the High Street casualties have been HMV, Maplin, Toys R Us and Poundworld and it is estimated 85,000 jobs were lost in retail last year. Even big name stores like Marks and Spencer have been forced to cut costs by shutting stores.

The shop isn't just about selling more computers - it's also about highlighting the work of its devoted fanbase.