THIS column has commented before on empty shops in Weymouth town centre, how unsightly they are and how they drag down the resort’s image, but things may have got better.
Certainly survey work by retail experts now puts Weymouth in a much more positive light with barely one in 14 shops empty as against some neighbouring towns where as many as one in six stand empty.
Regardless of whether there are fewer empty shops, it is still interesting to stroll round and see the remains of various dreams which are a collective epitaph of Weymouth’s recent trading history.
Current empty premises range from crafts to cash credit and from lingerie to even the closure of a charity shop.
Some empty premises do find themselves ’under new management‘ and this trend has to be encouraged if the town centre master plan is even to stand a chance of getting past ‘Go’.
As always, the acid test will not come now as the summer season swings into top gear but at the end of September when the first miserable storms of the autumn send a chill through cash registers all over the town centre. That’s when we’ll find out how strong Weymouth’s recovery is.