'˜Don't be worried about empty shops' - Town Council

Residents should not be worried by the growing number of empty shops in Penwortham, according to the Town Council.

Monday, 8th August 2016, 12:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm

In recent weeks two more premises have been vacated - Lloyds Bank and Cutting Crew - bringing the total number to seven.

In addition to this, a bungalow site, which has permission to be turned into a wine bar and one retail unit, is still a building site.

“We’re aware of it, but don’t think there’s too much to worry about at the moment”, said Steve Caswell, Penwortham town manager.

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“It looks worse when you have two shops next to one another that are empty, but a few of the empty units are undergoing refurbishment and there are plans for new tenants.

“There’s a lot of nice shops in Penwortham still - nice little 
cafes, a restaurant, carpet shops, 
opticians, florists, so we’re not too concerned.”

Tesco is currently preparing plans for a new supermarket on the former Government buildings site in Cop Lane.

Objectors have raised concerns that it will have a detrimental effect on independent businesses in the Liverpool Road area. But Mr Caswell believes the supermarket could have the opposite effect.

He said: “At the moment, there’s a bit of a lull, a bit of a stalemate situation in Penwortham, because we’re waiting for Tesco to develop the Cop Lane site and for Penwortham Bypass to be built.

“But I think that when these developments get underway, we will start to see a difference, and more parking spaces at Tesco would help the local area.

We’re hoping to develop the shopping area into more of a village centre feel, somewhere that’s more pedestrian-friendly. It’s an optimistic time.”