99p store sends wrong message

READING your news about the opening of a new 99p retail outlet in the former Woolworths store in Huntingdon (The Hunts Post, October 21), I was filled with absolute horror. Is this really what we want in Huntingdon? There already is a 99p store in the tow

READING your news about the opening of a new 99p retail outlet in the former Woolworths store in Huntingdon (The Hunts Post, October 21), I was filled with absolute horror. Is this really what we want in Huntingdon? There already is a 99p store in the town.

Do we really think this will enhance our High Street, encourage shoppers or, more to the point, encourage more useful stores that many shoppers want to invest in our town? I think not.

It will make more shoppers go to bigger towns to do their Christmas shopping and will have a huge impact on already-struggling local businesses in our High Street. I am praying that the landlords of this site have not given a lengthy lease and that this is just a temporary stop-gap.

I know this will give some employment, but realistically will this be anything other than the minimum wage?

I originate from London, and, in my experience, when this type of store arrives, the High Street goes down and the only ones to benefit are the likes of the big shopping malls.

Councillor GINA CRUICKSHANK

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