Stop PoundStretcher opening a Second store in Great Yarmouth - save our town
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We have all recently been greeted with the news regarding the acquisition of the old BHS store, which had stood empty since the company closed there doors in 2016, by PoundStretcher.
The article in the Great Yarmouth Mercury was shared with the tag line ‘What Begins with P and is opening in the former BHS in Great Yarmouth?’ Which I feel was a journalist jab at the towns residents who have been asking for years for a Primark or other larger retailers such as Schuh and H&M, to open.
This has angered many people and for good reason!
Great Yarmouth was a GREAT Seaside town in my youth. It was a nice place to be, to shop, to explore with a wide variety of retailers, both national and independent. But in the last 8 years we have had as many major retailers leave our town, their once bustling businesses (and or town centre) instead replaced with banks, discount shops, charity shops, betting shops and takeaways.
Dorothy Perkins 2012
The Body Shop 2015
Now we are left with a Town centre which to my recollection has in its centre 6 banks, 7+ charity shops, 6+ national fast food outlets as well as dozens other other places to eat, including our independent market stalls which themselves I’ve noticed appear to have been suffering with lack of trade over the recent years, and 4 discount shops - two Poundland’s and now two poundstretchers, one of which opened not 6 months ago within 5 minutes of the town centre itself!
All of this within a 5 minute walk.
Great Yarmouth is described on a google search as ‘a resort town on the east coast of England.’ But what do we currently offer tourists in terms of a holiday Expereince? The town works tirelessly to bring in trade and business via events such as The Easter Fair/Fayre held each year, the Free Great Yarmouth fireworks in the summer, the Out There Street arts and circus festival held in September and most recently our Christmas Fayre and Ice Skating rink. However with so little to add to a visitor or customer experience, the money these events are designed to put into the economy simply isn’t occurring. People come to the event, enjoy it and leave, compared to when I was a child and we would spend all day in and out of the shops spending money.
Local morale is also faltering with many people feeling that Great Yarmouth is a ‘dive’, a ‘dead end’ and generally not a nice place to be. With falling Town morale, lack of employment, lack of investment in the economy and the local area, crime is also soaring. Everything is connected, and it angers me to see my beloved town falling into such disarray.
sign the petition and implore our council and MP Brandon Lewis to take notice - we are not a town that will go down without a fight!
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