Hot Topic: Mixed reaction for Primark and Dolphin Square
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 June 2013
THE emotive topic of Weston High Street and the Dolphin Square development dominated the news last week.
Town centre manager Steve Townsend urged residents to lobby retailer Primark to move into the derelict TJ Hughes building, while Dolphin Square developers McLaren Life conceded it may change its original plans because of a seeming lack of interest from retailers.
While shops will remain a part of the plans, the cinema and restaurants may be built together to allow work to start on that section in the autumn.
Both ideas have received a mixed reaction from readers on the Mercury website and Facebook page.
Investment 1994 said: “I think Primark would be a more than an ideal solution. I mean it may not interest everyone, like every shop doesn’t necessarily need to interest everyone, but the vast majority. If writing petitions shows interest, then more businesses may invest in the town.”
However June1995 disagreed, calling for a Sainsbury’s Local store, adding: “The regeneration of Weston town centre is long overdue, although I am not completely sure that the addition of a Primark store would be an ideal solution. There does need to be a strategy to encourage retail units back into the town centre.”
As for Dolphin Square, Jecox27 was unconcerned and said: “Weston is a very good place to shop. I work in retail and we are constantly busy, and would actually go to Weston rather than spend all day travelling to find something Weston had already.”
Marty75 said: “Other retailers will follow I’m sure but well done on getting the leisure side set up; the Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre are a welcome addition to the seafront and I’m sure the other venues will do just as well.”
Others were less positive, with TrueWestonian adding: “What an absolute mess. And yet North Somerset Council and others question the likes of successful businessmen like Derek Mead around his plans for the Trop.”
Phil J said: “There are hardly any shops of worth in Weston unless you want phones, pound items or a cafe. It isn’t a surprise they can’t attract people when there are now quite a few empty shops in the Sovereign Centre.”