bucks the trend in positive report on town centres
national report on the numbers of shops in town centres has found
that more stores closed than opened in Somerset last year - however
Burnham-On-Sea is one of two towns to buck the trend.
new PricewaterhouseCoopers report looked at 500 towns across the
UK - including seven in Somerset - and found there were generally
fewer shops open than in 2013.
Somerset, the report looked at Bridgwater, Taunton, Yeovil, Glastobury,
Street, Burnham and Chard.
an increase in the occupancy of shops between 2012-2013, the number
actually dopped last year and in these seven Somerset towns, the
report found 55 shops opened and 66 closed.
Burnham and Street were the only two towns to buck the trend with
an overall increase in the number of their shops.
Chamber of Trade welcomed the report, with a spokesman saying:
"Burnham is a great shopping town with a super range of small
independent stores alongside some big brands. This report highlights
that we have very few vacant stores and that Burnham has held
its own despite difficult economic times."
Town Centre Manager, Bev Milner Simonds, added: "Our low
vacancy rate is due to the clear offering we have as a town, large
range of unit sizes and the hard work of our local estate agents."
have one large unit that remains stubbornly unlet but the remaining
units do get new tenants very quickly as and when they become
is far more than a High Street for tourists with over 200 businesses
open 12 months of the year servicing the local population and
visitors. Many towns across Somerset, and the UK, would give their
eye teeth for what Burnham has."