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‘We cannot pick and choose’ responds Crawley Council after big increase in towns food & drink retailers

A report showed that Crawley’s retail vacancy rate had dropped significantly since 2018 but the increase in retailers was mainly in the food and drink sector.

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Crawley town centre is certainly starting to get busier helped by the influx of footfall as people come to visit new shops.

This has been evident by the figures released from a report but on closer inspection it has been noted that of the ‘boom’ in independent shops they are mainly made up of food and beverage outlets, or those with food and beverage included.

Queens Square for example is awash with three dedicated coffee shops and a cafe/deli taking up almost a third of the retail space in the square.

Gone are the large range of clothing stores, now you have to wander higher up to The Mall.

Crawley Council were approached to find out how this was being addressed.

A council spokesperson said:

“We cannot pick and choose which type of businesses move into vacant units and we welcome any new traders, considering them an asset to our town centre retail offering.

“It is important to recognise that with national reports showing the habits and demands of shoppers changing in recent years, town centres are becoming more residential and should not rely solely on retail; to thrive, they must become places where people visit for a variety of experiences including retail, hospitality, events and leisure activities.

“However, the council works hard to encourage a range of retailers to come into the town centre and combined with the continued regeneration of the public realm, we hope that new businesses will see Crawley as an attractive place to set up shop.”

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).

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The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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