Opinion split on B&M Bargains benefits in Clevedon
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 July 2017
Business owners in Clevedon have given a mixed view on whether B&M Bargains has been good for independent traders in the town.
The company opened a branch in Clevedon at the end of June last year at the former Morrisons supermarket in the Triangle.
Morrisons closed its branch in the town in late 2015 leading to the building being vacant for months and speculation rife about what would replace it.
Independent traders in the area were split at the time over whether the retail giant would help or hinder their businesses.
But 12 months on, business owners in Queens Square itself feel they have seen more people visiting their stores.
Julie Bisacre, owner of Present Company, told the Times: “Since B&M arrived we have definitely noticed an increase in footfall and I know that the cafés in Clevedon are benefitting from this.
“More people to the town can only be a good thing.”
But traders based slightly further afield feel the new store is not attracting people to nearby parts of the town in the same numbers that Morrisons did on a regular basis.
Kate Bright, a founding member of the Triangle Traders group, added: “I did notice the decline of footfall after Morrisons left and B&M bargains took over its premises.
“It meant that a massive majority of previous shoppers who came to the town’s centre ceased.
“They were forced to go further afield for their groceries.
“The food range at B&M is not sufficient to enough to provide the range of goods that an ordinary supermarket can provide.
“If a frozen food shop came into the town centre this would certainly provide a better range of groceries to encourage shoppers to come back to the Triangle area.
“We have to support the existing shops to encourage others to come in.
“I am sure that this will pull all existing businesses together and will encourage new ones to come to Clevedon, which is certainly what the town needs.
“If we support our town and businesses Clevedon will flourish once again.”
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