Shoppers have condemned the number of empty shops in a city centre as “disgusting”.
So why exactly are you whinging about it?
Sherry Bentley comes from Seaford to shop in the city but said the alarming number of closed shops was “sad to see”.
The 78-year-old said: “Coming down London Road, what a disgusting advert for the city. It doesn’t attract people, all the empty shops put you off. I think the problem is they are trying to get rid of cash, everything is on cards.
Shops have cut their own throats by doing all this online business, they can’t have their cake and eat it.
“There has definitely got to be more done to drive people to the shops.”
Shopping is a choice, not something people should be forced to do! If people have decided that it’s easier to shop online, as I have, then that’s called ‘progress’.
Shopper Frank Hazel said there were several reasons for the number of empty stores, saying he had heard horror stories of high rents paid by shops and cafes in The Lanes area.”
Another reason to take your business off-line. Then the council isn’t soaking you for business rates that don’t contribute anything to your business. Who can blame them?