Challenging times for small shops


A prominent Brigg businessman has expressed concerns at some of the changes taking place in Brigg town centre, which he claims has traditionally prided itself on smaller shops and businesses privately owned by local people.

“I can understand Wetherspoons moving in at the White Horse,” said Paul Keane, vice-chairman of Brigg Business Partnership. “It will attract young people, they will like the cheap beer and food. But it is sure to affect the food outlets and cafes in the town as well as the pubs

“It is the privately owned businesses that will suffer.

“Brigg has always been known for the individuality of its shops and its independent retailers.

“We will all be challenged by these changes and hopefully not destroyed.”

Boyes moved into Old Courts Road in recent years while ‘Wilkos’ moved into Cary Lane.

One national chain store has moved out, however, after Poundstretcher on Wrawby Street closed its doors at the end of June.

Concerns over the future of the old Lidl Store on Springs Parade continue.

“I have heard Bargain Madness could come to the Lidl site, but that is not for sure. Just one of those stories going around,” added Mr Keane.