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Fresh hope for town centre’s empty stores

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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THE high street is fighting back, according to a new report analysing the amount of shop units which are currently empty.

While one in five stores remain vacant across the UK, figures showed that they are gradually beginning to fill up.

Burton has also felt the impact of a difficult few years for town centres with major names such as, Beatties, HMV, Comet and Blockbuster disappearing from its streets.

But the green shoots of recovery have began to appear in recent months with Poundland taking over the 20,000 sq ft former Beatties base and major retailer Bensons for Beds announcing that it would be moving into the Comet site, in Union Street.

Dave Chadfield, centre manager at Burton’s Coopers Square Shopping Centre, said his phone has been ringing off the hook regarding available units.

He told the Mail: “Interest is better than it has been for the last few years. That is where we are seeing progress. The interest is the key thing for us and we are now seeing that returning.

“It is coming to fruition now so I would say there is a lot of truth in what is being said nationally.”

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