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    mikeashworth wrote:
    keepitreel wrote:
    it would not be fair on the people working in these shops to name them on a forum before an official announcement is made,but one has a very prominent site and i have been led to believe has told the council its intent,the other has another outlet in one of the retail parks,could the council or the STAR tell us if the rumour (if thats what it is ) that the new show piece leisure complex has been altered and now will be incorporating more apartments on the site than actual retail outlets or leisure facilities.
    i first mentioned burtons months ago, councillors said it wouldnt happen, wrote to arcadia group, who own burtons, they ignored my request for a quote altogether. with this in mind i think it is more than fair to name those shops here. i actually think it'll be Boots that may go next, and a few ppl have told me the same thing.

    re the westpoint development. ive been in touch with Aldi, who refuse to acknowledge that they'll be opening a store there. spoke with ten pin bowling company who were earmarked for development, who said they have no intention of opening there and wondered how there name got mentioned in the first place......
    The St Helens Star back in January published that the work on the West Point/St Thomas Square site was due to begin within a month. http://www.sthelenss

    So then what is happening St Helens Council? Please don't tell us that the developers have yet again backed out or that at long last someone has realised that yet another gym and supermarket in a town already with too many of them isn't the answer? The developers are clearly now five months behind schedule. The area in question and wider Greenbank area still looks like a complete eyesore and zero effort has been made to at least tidy it up. It's an embarrassment and our councillors look like they have utterly failed to deliver (well certainly on time) yet again."
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More town centre woe as Burtons and Dorothy Perkins set closure date

Closing down: St Helens town centre's Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will be axed

Closing down: St Helens town centre's Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will be axed

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THERE is more woe for St Helens town centre following confirmation that Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will shut their stores next month.

Closure notices on the stores – situated at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Street – state they will close on June 14.

It is one of the most prominent stores in the town centre.

The posters point customers to their nearest stores, situated on the Ravenhead Retail Park, which is on the outskirts of the town centre.

Dorothy Perkins also has a clothing section within BHS, which has a large store located inside Church Square.

Church Square Shopping Centre had denied speculation Burtons and Dorothy Perkins were to close when asked by the Star in March.

The news will come as another hammer blow to the high street, which already has empty units, most notably the former WH Smith in Church Street.

Internet shopping, competition from city centres and regional shopping zones, such as the Trafford Centre, and the cost of local parking are all cited as reasons why town centres are struggling.

St Helens Council, which has faced criticism from Star readers for the plight of the town centre, has vowed to invest £1million to bring about improvements.

The ruling Labour party has also pledged to introduce free parking on Saturdays and appoint a task force to review the town centre’s future.

It is not clear at this stage whether a new tenant is lined up for the shop or if it will be left empty.

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