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Why Is It Just Cafes And Charity Shops?

posted by Tracey on 16 Nov 2009 at 7:38 pm

Why can't there be more 'shopping shops' than just cafe's and Charity shops???
All my life I have lived in this small local town, but from what I remember, mostly every new shop is a cafe, takeaways, charity shops or a small business that you know that won't last long.
I think it is time that we should have shops that sell stuff we DO need instead of these lousy not needed shops.

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posted by Cary on 20 Nov 2009 at 10:41 am


You are so right and the same issue has come-up in many conversations that we have had with other local people.
I cannot see how this can be sustainable in the longer-term, since it is now getting to a point where you can no longer realisticaly "shop" in Bexhill and people are being forced to use neighbouring towns (Eastbourne/ Hastings).
We have lived in the town for 13 years, but in my view, I see the town, as a shopping location, currently dying on its feet.

Surely, there cannot be a market for the numerous cafes that have opened in the last 12 months if you cannot shop there?
As for charity shops again..why do we have so many?

Is it that Bexhill is becoming too much of a risk for "proper" shops and businesses. Surely, there needs to be some strategy for our town (is there one already??), particularly to encourage "retail" use that we need. Again, if this does not happen, it can surely only lead to current key retailers potentially leaving the town and exasperating the situation (I believe only a matter of time in the current market).

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