Still too many empty shops in town centre, says mayor

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MAYOR of Doncaster Peter Davies believes Doncaster still has too many empty shops, despite a report which claimed the borough had seen more opening than closing in the last year.

The report, by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, said Doncaster had seen a net gain of 20 shops in terms of multiple retailers in the borough.

Mr Davies said: “While we still have far too many empty shops in the town centre, anyone who travels around will know that we have seen nothing like the devastation on the high street witnessed in most British towns and cities.”

Amanda Phillips, manager of the Frenchgate Centre, said the statistics showed Doncaster was a thriving retail environment.

She said: “The landlord of the Frenchgate Shopping Centre works hard to bring in the right retailers that will add to the shopping experience we provide. Although we have sadly lost some retailers, our activity in sourcing and signing new stores remains highly positive. The space that was left in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre by Woolworths is now filled, and that is a large, prime retail unit. We continue to attract major retailers to Doncaster and these figures are a fantastic reflection of the strength of Doncaster’s retail sector.”