An “eyesore” in Caistor’s market place is driving trade from the town - and two more businesses are or have closed due to lack of footfall.
The building in question is the former Co-op store, which has stood empty since the company moved into their purpose-built High Street premises in December 2010.
“The way the market place looks affects business,” said Caistor Postmaster Martin Sizer, at last week’s annual town meeting.
He added he was concerned two businesses were closing and a third, he said, was relocating to Brigg.
Florist Loopy Lou’s closed its doors last month and Favell’s butcher is set to close at the end of this month.
And while both give lack of trade as the reason, Roger Favell agreed it also had something to do with the town.
“It is a bit of both,” said Mr Favell, who has traded in Cornhill for the past 33 years.
“I shall miss it; I have spent half my life here.”
Town resident Cliff Rust raised his concerns about the state of the Co-op building at the town meeting.
“It takes 25 percent of the square up; it is the first thing people see - its terrible,” he said.
“The property has gone to rack and ruin,” added fellow resident Michael Galligan.
“Ninety percent of Caistor’s heritage is in its buildings and to have a building like that in the town is pulling it down.
“How was the Co-op allowed to let it get into that state?”
Town Mayor Steve Millson confirmed there had been ‘all sorts of interest’ in the building.
“They wouldn’t have any issue selling it, just doing the work - it is a six figure project,” he said.