An intense meeting with shopkeepers and residents as a shop planning to use the empty half of a supermarket unit – unused for 12 (check) years – prompts fears of too many local shops selling the same things; something a contract between the council and the shops of the shopping centre is supposed to avoid.
There is disbelief that a shop from a minority ethnic background can bring extra trade to the centre – surely it can only be a zero sum game?
Counter arguments include –
– I understand from Bulwell councillors that the shop there is very popular.
– Those community activists I have spoken to are quite pleased to hear about the shop, both for its goods and services.
– the permanently shuttered unit brings down the reputation of the centre, The Meadows, and even in one instance of the country (thanks BBC/Guardian).
I received a petition signed by 600 people.
Further meetings are planned.