Perhaps the finest retail location in Darlington, once occupied by the iconic Dressers book shop, right in the middle of our historic High Row, is changing from a Waterstone's book store to a Poundland Discount store. Purleeze!
This just gives completely the wrong message about how we, as independent retailers, want to see Darlington Town Centre develop. Obviously, having two Waterstone's stores trading 50 metres apart was unsustainable in the long run, but surely a shop of that size, in that location, could have been sold or let to a retailer which would do more to attract shoppers to the town centre than yet another "pound" shop.
My longer term worry is what will happen to the empty shops which will appear around the town as our smaller fashion stores relocate into the larger units in new Oval development when that opens in a couple of years time.