SPALDING town centre is not “struggling” as much as many other towns, according to the developer behind plans for Holland Market.
Michael Moran, who represents Holland Market owner Corbo’s interests in the UK, said the town is faring much better than others in the UK, where an average of one in seven shops stand empty.
Mr Moran’s comments follow criticism from some traders who fear development of Holland Market will have a negative impact on the town centre.
He said: “As major investors in Spalding we note with concern comments regarding the town centre being in a poor state and having a number of empty shops.
“I know times are hard but it’s not true to say Spalding is struggling.”
Mr Moran says he has been informed that the former Curry’s unit in Hall Place has now been let, leaving only the former Dryden’s jewellers and the ex-Molsom’s opticians as empty town centre retail units.
Mr Moran said: “We are not saying Spalding is perfect by any means and we fully support initiatives to ban drinking in the streets and have work done on the water tower to stop it being an eyesore, but we should at least acknowledge that the town is doing a lot better than many.
“We are working to put a plan in place to try to address the vacant units in the prime areas as well as the handful of smaller units on the side streets to bring in some excellent new businesses in advance of our own development plans for Holland Market.”