Do we really need some more shops?
AFTER discussing the proposed new bus super stops with a number of people and explaining exactly what is being planned, it would appear that the only ones in favour of it are the handful of people promoting it.
I am also asked, why do we need another major store or retail development anyway?
Personally I didn't have an opinion either way until the other day.
I took a walk down Victoria Street and noted the shutters were down on Jonathan James, The Early Learning Centre, Poundland and the shop next door to DN31. Jessops has closed and the future of HMV is in some doubt.
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On the retail parks we have lost JJB Sports, Comet and Staples.
Freeman Street is a shadow of its former self with probably more than 50 per cent of the shops empty and now closed forever is Rayner's, one of the icons of the Grimsby retail trade.
So will someone explain why we need a new build retail development with all these empty premises?
Yes, it will create jobs, possibly as many as 100, but how many more will be lost when other shops close due to loss of business and how many more empty buildings will grace Grimsby town centre?
Paul King, Mersey Way, Grimsby
The Telegraph says
The current economic climate is a difficult one when considering retail developments, that's for sure, but do the empty units fit the plans? Perhaps such a development will attract a larger retailer who can provide jobs for those who have lost them at the shops mentioned. Certainly, though, it is sad to see so many empty units and businesses that have gone into administration.