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Top store coming to town?

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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A MAJOR new Debenhams department store looks set to open in Stafford.

The retailer is understood to be in advanced talks to take over a three-storey site at the multi-million pound Riverside development.

Stafford Borough Council is refusing to confirm the news but borough council boss Ian Thompson told the Newsletter this week that developer LXB had re-submitted a planning application for a three-storey retail store on the corner of South Walls and Queensway.

 

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  • Tigger  |  March 01 2013, 2:02AM

    Another one? And what is the result of all these huge retailers coming to Stafford? A high street of empty units, charity shops and family businesses forced to close. Big retailers are money sucking machines that circulate profits out of the local community. A small retailer running a profit might to try to expand their business; open more shops, take on more staff, all of which circulates cash in the local economy. But big retailers just keep on sucking and moving the money elsewhere. They DO narrow the retail mix and put pressure on small business. They DO provide low-value, part-time jobs, which are insufficient to live on but allow politicians to claim they are creating employment. Critically, however, they also provide the council with dollops of quick cash. Stafford council actually runs a surplus; millions pounds are lying in offshore accounts 'for a rainy day' – even as staff are being laid off, services axed and more and more families are fall back on food banks to survive. The truth is Stafford council is composed of small people with small ideas -- golf-club Tories and retired solicitors – who think they can run a town in the same was as a provincial accounting firm, where, if you need to cut costs you can sack the cleaner. Debenhams, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury, ASDA are the equivalent of their ‘big’ clients and their interests are correspondingly placed before all else -- environment, infrastructure, and thousands of local families and small businesses. I run my own business with clients all over the world. I know that growth comes from innovation, originality and clear long-term goals. All I see in Stafford are quick-cash fixes coupled with a callous disregard for local people. If this continues all that Stafford will become is a low to middle-income retail park, interchangeable with dozens of others in the W. Midlands. A zombie town.

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