B&M store has mixed impact on town centre trade
opening of B&M in Burnham-On-Sea has led to mixed impacts on
trade in town centre shops.
new B&M store opened last month in Pier Street and there has
been concern that the business of nearby shops may be hit.
manager of Burnham's Proper Job in Adam Street told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Our trade is down since the store opened - we're down by around
£500 a day."
many of our loyal customers are still coming here and the evidence
from other towns is that B&M just has a temporary effect around
Hemming at Home Hardware in the High Street added: "We've seen
no change - our trade is about the same, which is a relief, and
we thank our loyal customers for their continuing support."
Colin Morris at GW Hurleys in the High Street told Burnham-On-Sea.com
his trade is being affected.
turnover is down by about 10-12% since the B&M store opened.
It's definitely affecting us - the Christmas period will be a key
time for us."
Jenkins said trade at her two town centre businesses has also been
impacted. "We've seen a massive dent in trade - we're down
over 50 per cent. Many businesses at the northern end of the town
are struggling as shoppers head to the B&M end."
trader agreed, saying B&M's opening has made the southern end
of the town busier, with businesses in and around Pier Street benefiting.
Chamber of Trade has again urged shoppers to support local trade
by using town centre shops.
new store opened in September in place of Morrisons, which shut
its doors for the final time in November 2015.