Empty shops not good sign for Sidmouth traders

PUBLISHED: 10:15 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

AS RESIDENTS fear the closure of Woolworths will change the face of Sidmouth High Street, Derek Parry, president of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce hoped the shop would soon be let.

AS RESIDENTS fear the closure of Woolworths will change the face of Sidmouth High Street, Derek Parry, president of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce hoped the shop would soon be let.

"It is not going to help if we have a big empty shop directly opposite SES. It is not good for the trading scene to have two substantial premises empty and closed up."

A spokesman for Deloitte, Woolworths' administrators, said there was no way of knowing yet who would occupy the site.

Speaking generally about the future of all Woolworths' stores, she said: "Talks are ongoing with groups but there has been no new news since before Christmas."

Mr Parry said: "It is sad to see any institution disappear. It is unfortunate to say the management of the whole company has been less than brilliant for a number of years."

He said they had been "hanging on by their fingertips" for some time.

"It would be good for the town if another retailer did take over the empty shop fairly soon," he added.

Speaking generally about the credit crisis, Mr Parry said he had not heard any feedback from members in trouble with their business, but said most would not want to make it generally known.

He added: "Life as a retailer is pretty difficult at the moment.


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