THE new owners of a Burton shopping centre are remaining tightlipped on whether plans for a Debenhams have been shelved.
The national department store has also failed to respond to the Mail on whether the town is still on its planning agenda.
It was confirmed almost two years ago that Debenhams would be moving into an extended area of Cooper’s Square shopping but plans were put on hold after the shopping centre was put on the market.
It was bought by asset management company, F & C Reit, in March, this year, which has not confirmed its plans on the extension.
Meanwhile, members of the Mail’s Facebook page have agreed the town needs updating and believe a Debenhams store is the way forward.
Claire-Louise Garrett said: “Yes we need it, sooner the better. We need to attract bigger stores, which will provide more shoppers and get smaller shops open again and trading. Until that happens ideas like the new market are a waste of time, people living here either have to travel or buy online.”
Clare Hawksworth added: “Burton is crying out for a good department store like Debenhams. It would mean people would have to go to Derby less.”
The department store was billed as part of a £25 million extension to the shopping centre and should have been completed by Christmas this year, the Mail reported in 2011.
It would have meant that five businesses in Station Street — two estate agents, Retro nightclub, a dry cleaner and the Royal Bank of Scotland — would be demolished and relocated.
The development will also include 11 two-storey shops, a rooftop car park and an upgrade of the car park.