Editor’s comment: New shop shows town can attract High Street stores

The Priory Shopping Centre, Worksop
The Priory Shopping Centre, Worksop

News that a major national retailer is heading to Worksop is a much needed boost for anyone who lives or works in the town.

It was confirmed this week that women’s High Street fashion retailer Select will be opening a new store at the Priory Shopping Centre next year.

Select recently began advertising online for sales assistant and store manager vacancies in Worksop and now we can reveal the store will open to customers in February.

The development seems to continue the mixed picture we are seeing with retail in Worksop.

While some shops are closing and there are still empty shop fronts, the town is still clearly capable of attracting High Street names.

It confirms what many of us have thought for some time.

That the town’s size and position on the map between several large areas of population should make Worksop an attractive proposition to shoppers.

It is critical that visitors are attracted to the town in increasing numbers, and equally vital that they spend cash when they are here.

That means more and better shops, cafes, restaurants and late night venues.

It is also important that their visit is not a one-off.

So everyone needs to do their bit to make sure the town is an attractive place which people want to keep on coming back to.

Recently we investigated feelings among traders on Worksop Market in the build up to Christmas.

While our findings offered a mixed picture, it was clear many traders were concerned about the future of the market amid falling profits.

For the town to thrive it needs a vibrant market and plenty of decent quality High Street shops in the Priory Centre and on the main shopping streets.