The way forward for town heart is constructive regardless of the closure of the Chorley Excessive Avenue retailer
Argos has confirmed that the shop will shut on Saturday, Could 8.
This follows the everlasting closure of stand-alone Argos shops in Leyland and the Fishergate Heart in Preston throughout the lockdown.
Which means that the closest Argos department to Chorley will probably be virtually 8 miles inside Bamber Bridge Sainsbury’s, the place employees have been supplied new roles.
The information was greeted with dismay on Chorley Guardian’s Fb feed, with some folks claiming that there could be nothing left within the metropolis.
However Councilor Peter Wilson, deputy head of Chorley’s council, stated: ‘Whereas it’s disappointing to see enterprise premises shut down, we’re not proof against the results of the COVID pandemic and the challenges dealing with it. metropolis facilities throughout the nation.
“Nonetheless, issues are wanting actually vivid for downtown Chorley and its takeover.
“There may be nonetheless numerous confidence within the native financial system, with companies seeking to begin or develop inside Chorley.”
He continued, “In the course of the pandemic, we now have seen companies spend money on the Market Avenue space, with quite a lot of leased premises, together with two new eating places and an current one planning to develop premises right into a vacant unit subsequent door.
“The outdated Royal Financial institution of Scotland constructing on Market Avenue is below growth.
“We now have been in a position to help some companies with our Storefront Enchancment Grant program, which not solely helps companies financially, however brings vacant area again to life.”
He stated: “The mixture of investments within the downtown space, mixed with the enterprise help obtainable, places us in place to get better shortly from the pandemic and we urge residents to proceed supporting native companies to the to come back up.
Malcolm Allen, President of the Chorley Merchants Alliance, stated: “It is extremely disappointing that they maintain the shop in Bamber Bridge fairly than Chorley when Chorley footfall will increase. The site visitors lights are a nightmare.
“However that was all the time going to occur as soon as Sainsbury’s purchased Argos. They have been going to streamline it and put it in Sainsbury’s shops as a result of grocery store buyers now have numerous supermarkets to buy.
“It is a shock that they selected Bamber Bridge over Chorley.
“The Chorley retailer is correct in the course of city and also you get numerous out of city buyers coming in to click on and acquire.”
He rejected claims that this a part of city was turning into a “ghost city”.
“It was not an issue,” he stated.
“The Royal Financial institution of Scotland is being renovated
“I do not see an issue with somebody attacking the Argos constructing.
“To be utterly sincere Argos may very well be damaged down into smaller models.
“That may make it engaging to a nationwide firm or a small unbiased enterprise – for instance, as we have seen with Brighthouse.
“There may be some funding wanted on the backside of Chapel Avenue.”
He stated any enchancment to town heart was welcomed and added: “As a result of in actuality town heart begins at St George’s Avenue and goes all the way in which to Marks and Spencer.”