Just read the article about council urging people to use the free parking around the town centre to shop in town. I went shopping into the actual town centre for the first time since March and the same old problems exist.
It was very busy in the drive-to shopping areas around town – Island Green, shopping area around Tesco etc… However it was really quiet in the actual town centre, but this is because of the complete lack of shops open on Regent Street and Hope Street – our once proud main streets.
There are still people out of their minds on spice as well just slumped in bank doorways etc. Something kept out of the news but conveniently swept under the carpet.
I will say the turning of BHS into a sports offering and then Game upstairs and the gaming centre is a welcome addition to a large empty unit. Although we seem to have Sports Directs everywhere.
People have money to spend but they prefer the US strip mall style park outside convenience rather than walking up and down town with mostly poundshop offerings.
I don’t feel safe goin to town even for a pint. I would rather keep shopping on the internet until the Covid figure for Wrexham are at a safer level. I would not want to go for a meal until next year as long as things got better
The town faces a vicious circle: fewer shoppers leads to fewer shops leads to fewer shoppers…. Either entrepreneurs take a risk (and are encouraged to do so, not least by landlords as well as local and central government) or an improved non retail offer (arts, tourism, museum, cafes, bars, restaurants, third sector etc) attracts more people to the town which translates into increased retail spend. A lot of the tools for change are not accessible to anyone local so we face an uphill struggle. For a start the tax system could focus on the digital economy to raise the needed funds locally and centrally rather than rely on a system first created in the 19th century.
Sports Direct in Plas Coch and Eagles Meadow closed, Game was near top Wetherspoons.
Content is user generated and is not moderated before posting. All content is viewed and used by you at your own risk and Wrexham.com does not warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information displayed. The views expressed on these Forums and social media are those of the individual contributors. Complaint? Please use the report post tools or contact Wrexham.com .