Greggs on Lord Street Southport will be closing for the final time today, Saturday 20 June 2015.
Will it make way for another charity shop?
In December 2014 John Pugh carried out an audit of Lord St shops which shows the pressure Lord Street is under. Greggs is the latest shop is soon to be added to the Lord Street empty shop statistic.
Mr Pugh said:
“Lord Street used to be famous for its quality, independent stores but of the 167 shops less than half (73) are now retail and 17% (29) are vacant with 11 Charity Shops filling the gap. Sefton is complacently presiding over a real decline in Southport’s most valuable physical asset.
“There is no strategy or vision in place. It was all well and good to have a Halloween festival a couple of weeks back but the danger is that we end up with a ghost town.
“I get no feeling that senior council officers in their Bootle bases are losing any sleep over this problem though I encounter many members of the Southport public with good ideas for Lord St revival.”
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