Stop negativity, our town is doing well

BEING a regular reader of the Grantham Journal, I am rather disheartened by the negative slant repeatedly put on the state of the retail sector within the town, and the number of empty shop units in the town centre itself.

My colleagues and I at Brown and Co in Grantham are at the sharp end when it comes to procuring new occupiers for vacant retail premises within the town centre.

This year we have been instrumental in securing a number of new occupiers that have previously been unrepresented in Grantham for major shop premises within the town centre.

Poundland, Greggs and Orange have all recently moved into the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre, where the vacancy rate is virtually nil.

In addition, Internacionale is about to relocate from the George Shopping Centre to much larger premises within the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre.

A further existing Grantham retailer is about to move to much larger premises within the covered section of the shopping centre opposite the main entrance to Morrisons. In addition, at Kings Walk, a small privately-owned retail parade running between Guildhall Street and Westgate, we have secured two new tenants to previously vacant shop units operating as a reptile shop as well as a Government-backed training academy.

In order to attract new businesses into Grantham, we feel it is important to represent the true facts surrounding the state of the retail sector in the town as negativity will only serve to potentially deter businesses opening new premises in the town.

As Brown and Co operate throughout the East Midlands region, I would also comment that Grantham is fairing as well, if not better, than many of its neighbouring towns of a similar size in population terms, which is also positive.

JAMES CAMERON

Brown and Co

Grantham