More jobs helps all busi­nesses

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -


re­de­vel­op­ment of the Brother­hood Shop­ping Park has at­tracted an im­pres­sive list of re­tail­ers.

Asda Liv­ing has taken a 37,000 sq ft unit which is ex­pected to open in the au­tumn and it will join Marks & Spencer, Next and Out­fit in sign­ing long leases on the site with an­other two stores ex­pected to be an­nounced in the next few weeks.

This will mean many hun­dreds of jobs be­com­ing avail­able - some­thing the city needs.

There will of course be some ner­vous glances at the longer term and the im­pact this scheme and oth­ers might have on the city cen­tre and other de­vel­op­ment plans.

Rightly so as it is im­por­tant for Peter­bor­ough to be able to of­fer a vi­brant range of shop­ping op­tions that don’t de­tract from each other.

But the Brother­hood park fea­tures many stores which deal in larger items and house­hold goods.

The cen­tre of the city has fared com­par­a­tively well and will see Pri­mark open­ing later this year along with Car­luc­cio’s res­tau­rant and some oth­ers.

There are wor­ry­ing gaps in Bridge Street but with im­prove­ments on the way that street should also be able to at­tract more re­tail­ers.

In the short term, hun­dreds of jobs will bring more dis­pos­able in­come into the city in gen­eral, and that can only be good news for all re­tail­ers.

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