Weymouth Businessman Concerned Over Empty Shops

Dennis Spurr

Published at 10:32am 27th May 2015.

Dennis Spurr, who owns The Fantastic Sausage Factory on St Mary Street, has raised concerns about the number of shops shutting down close to his own business.

A Weymouth shop owner has called for Weymouth BID to do more to help improve business in the town.

Dennis Spurr, who owns The Fantastic Sausage Factory on St Mary Street, has raised concerns about the number of shops shutting down close to his own business.

"I've got one shop that's been empty for about six weeks and they've left it in such a poor state that it looks awful. On the other side there is a shop that has been empty for about three years and now what's really made me angry is the shop next door to that is shutting down as well.

"This end of town looks abysmal and if they don't do something about it soon then this town is just going to die."

According to a recent vacancy rate survey by Springboard, Weymouth currently has fewer empty ground floor premises than the national average.

7.3% of ground floor premises in the town are currently vacant, compared to 10.2% nationally.

Despite the positive figures, Mr Spurr wants the Weymouth BID to do more: "There's some really good brains in this town and as a cooperative I think we can get this town going, but people don't seem to listen.

"The Weymouth BID needs to listen to the people in the town centre. They think they're doing the right thing, but putting a few flags on the seafront isn't going to make this town become more vibrant.

"I'm very concerned about what's going to happen in October when all the holidaymakers go home and we rely on the locals to come shopping in Weymouth, but there will be nothing here to shop for."