Powell’s Workwear on Fore St closed down earlier this week. The shop sold tough, no-nonsense shirts, gloves, overalls and boots at terrific prices but seldom seemed busy. According to another town centre retailer Mr Powell told him recently that the annual overheads just to keep the shop open were around £10,000 and that he could make a better living selling his stock online.
Ironically, the new Town Centre Working Group established by the town council to research ways of making Wellington’s retail hub more attractive to shoppers and businesses met for the second time this week. The Group aims to report with some key recommendations by the autumn. “We can’t reduce shop rents or business rates,” cautioned chair Cllr Ben Shepherd “But we are a comparatively strong town commercially and we need to promote that fact more widely.”
During the meeting the Group heard news that the former Stead & Simpson on the corner of High St & North St has been sold to an investor who intends to let the shop and turn the upper floors into accommodation.