THE final name to move into Uttoxeter’s flagship town centre development has been announced.
Midlands-based estate agents Frank Innes will be moving in to Carters Square as developers Lingfields have reported all units have now been filled.
The firm joins Asda, Costa Coffee, Holland and Barrett, Home Bargains, Phones 4u, Northgate Surgery and Barnado’s.
David Hunter, owner of Indulgence Coffee House, said: “It’s great that all units in Carters Square are now occupied.
“It’s a real confidence for the town and the fact we have Asda in is sure to attract more national retailers.
“I’m confident that more people are milling about town and the general mood of the town centre is generally uplifted.”
Allan Chapman, Uttoxeter town councillor, said: “Personally I don’t think we need another estate agents, we’ve got enough to be honest. That’s a bit of a disappointment.
“I’m very happy with the rest of the units, the development as a whole is drawing people into the high street.”
Carrie Walker, of Balance Street, said: “I think it’s great all the units have now been filled. I love having Costa Coffee on my doorstep.”
Abbots Bromley resident Paul Bailey said: “I’m not sure we need another estate agents in town to be honest. But I think having a town centre Asda has done a lot for the town centre.”
Holly Road resident Graham Ashley said: “I think it’s a shame because when I walk up there there’s no local influence and no local business at all, it’s a shame because it’s all national retailers but I think that’s the way town centres are going.”
54-year-old Maureen Hudson said: “I think having Asda in has made Tesco pick up its game in terms of being value for money. Before it didn’t have any competition and Asda are much cheaper overall.”
22-year-old Laura White said: “I’m a little underwhelmed by the whole development to be honest.
“I really don’t think we needed another value shop and a phone shop, estate agents and health food shop seem like random choices.
“We could do with some big name clothes shops but I can see that the units probably aren’t big enough for the likes of Next or New Look.”