Hard times for Eastbourne retailers

Published on by Chris Dabbs (author)

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Eastbourne Debenhams is closing; it's leaving Eastbourne after nearly half a century with a loss of about 120 jobs.

Debenhams closing

Debenhams closing

It joins Mothercare which closed last week with a loss of around 50 jobs.

Mothercare Eastbourne

Debenhams closing

 

The Debenhams site is a huge site and it's called an anchor site and that means that other traders in town rely on this store to bring people into town to spend money in their shops.

 

So its loss will be keenly felt by some.

 

Eastbourne’s Chamber of Commerce have been behind a town centre regeneration plan known as the BID or the Business Improvement District which sits in the centre of town and is designed to bring more people into their retail outlets.

 

Eastbourne's Business Improvement District

Eastbourne's Business Improvement District

Stephen Holt, the Chair of the BID committee, said that he thinks the BID will be very useful to the town.

"Over 5 years, Eastbourne BID will raise £1.5 million and that's all generated by the local economy and local businesses and that will be then spent on town centre improvements. So it will be things like evening lighting, it will be things like events in the town centre"

 

Empty Eastbourne Shops

Eastbourne's Business Improvement District

With at least 20 shops for rent within the town centre alone, Eastbourne's businesses are hoping that with this Business Improvement District will bring people back to town and away from the internet.

Closed shop

Closed shop

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