Thursday, October 12, 2006

New shops for King Street

Local trader takes empty unit

Curly notes (and Cllr. Anglin will no doubt also be pleased) that two new retailers have started, or are about to start, trading in South Shields town centre. The former premises of the Virgin Shop next to Minchellas in Ocean Road has been refitted and is now trading as YWCA, unfortunately another charitable purveyor of used clothing. One would have hoped that we had seen enough charity shops in the town centre, but if they are prepared to pay the rent!

On a more optimistic note GHI Computers currently based in the Viking Centre, Jarrow, are to open a new branch in King Street next door to Currys Digital (formerly Dixons), this is more like it! A local (South Shields) businessman taking the challenge directly to the big boys. Gavin has built a growing reputation for providing custom built and packaged PC's and periferals, as well as digital cameras, flat screen TVs, memory cards, printing papers, cartridges, etc. etc. His prices are VERY competitive and his customer service is reasonably good too. GHI will certainly give Currys a good run for their money on the range of products stocked, and will save me making regular trips to Jarrow. I recently purchased from them a Logitech webcam with built in microphone at nearly half the price advertised in Argos!

It's the GHI move that I will find the most appealing, not least because it fits with my beliefs in having variety in the shopping area, but is a local independant business, not another national chain.

Let's carry on saying NO to cloned town centres.

All very well to say "if they are prepared to pay the rent!!" What about the rates? With their ability to claim charitable status, does this mean the bill is left for the Council Tax payer to collect? Another aspect of Charity Shops in Town Centres.
Not sure on that one Trigger17, it's worth investigating!
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