With Taunton’s famous County Stores heading for closure there’s good news that Wellington is thriving and reversing a UK-wide increase in empty shops. A new local survey shows that fewer than 5% of the town centre’s retail premises are empty, against a national average reported this week of 13%.
“Our group has just done a comprehensive business survey of the scene on Wellington’s four main streets to update the new map and there are only six properties out of 111 that one could classify as long-term empty,” said Wellington Business Association chair Keith Wheatley.
“There are a couple that are currently unoccupied but both have new leases and are being adapted to a different retail use – including a Nail Bar on South St.
“It reinforces the growing view that Wellington is a town people want to visit and do business in. The Emporium for example has only been going just over a year but has 40 traders under one roof and a waiting list.”
The County Stores, owned by the same family for 150 years, plans to close in January 2017. Next door on the High St is the empty BHS that closed last month