Town hit by latest closure

Kidderminster Shuttle: Closed down: The Hooty's store in Kidderminster, which was shut. Buy this photo » Closed down: The Hooty's store in Kidderminster, which was shut.

WYRE Forest District Council says it is fighting to bring retailers into Kidderminster after a discount store became the latest casualty in an area blighted by empty shops .

Council chiefs are still mulling ov er multi-million pound impro ve ment plans announced by the authority a few years ago wh ich could spruce up the town centre including Worcester Street, wh ich has bor ne the brunt of the economic downturn.

Discount superstore Hooty’ s has become the latest Worcester Street casualty after it closed follo wing the shut down of it s main site in Wi llenhall.

Its closure adds to a list of shops on the street wh ich ha ve shut in recent years , including To pshop , Dorothy Perkins and Game Station.

The Woolworths site is still empty after closing in 2008.

Hooty’ s, wh ich sold a range of items including DVDs , fishing tackle and clothes , created about 50 jobs when it opened three years ago .

In another blow, district council leader , Conservative John Campion, said a business rate relief programme that has helped businesses set up in empty shops could be scrapped due to a lack of funding.

He said: “The council continues to develop plans for the town centre , including improvements in Worcester Street that, in total, will cost £3 million.“We continue to work hard to bring and retain retailers in the district.

"We have been running a Business Rate Relief programme for the past 16 months .

"It has been ve ry successful and assisted 27 businesses to get star ted in pre viously empty premises .

“The Go ve rn ment funding for this programme is now coming to an end and there is no indication we will receive any more grants for the district council to intro- duce fur ther schemes .

The Government is proposing to bring in a new rate relief scheme , with the amount of discount de pendent on the rateable value of the shop .

“The lower the value, the more help they’ ll receive."

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12:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Poor old s++tyminster can't even keep a budget shop lol
Poor old s++tyminster can't even keep a budget shop lol kunuty

12:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Why don't you all move out of tire forest and let it die a decent death instead of keep trying to revive it.
Why don't you all move out of tire forest and let it die a decent death instead of keep trying to revive it. kunuty

12:31pm Mon 20 Jan 14

walkerno5 says...

Kunuty, since you're not here any more it's almost a pleasant place to live.

Presumably wherever you do live is so dull that you're constantly having to read about your old town. I surmise from this that you have moved to Belgium.
Kunuty, since you're not here any more it's almost a pleasant place to live. Presumably wherever you do live is so dull that you're constantly having to read about your old town. I surmise from this that you have moved to Belgium. walkerno5

12:51pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jon cooper says...

If anyone wants a good example of bad town centre planning, they need look no further than to Kidderminster: A town that has had millions upon millions of pounds spent on it in order to enhance it, only for it to be completely cut into two with its larger stores and former major shopping arcades becoming deserted !!
If anyone wants a good example of bad town centre planning, they need look no further than to Kidderminster: A town that has had millions upon millions of pounds spent on it in order to enhance it, only for it to be completely cut into two with its larger stores and former major shopping arcades becoming deserted !! jon cooper

3:59pm Mon 20 Jan 14

davsee says...

This is old 'news' Hooty's closed before Xmas.

A little more up-to-date is that the Flower shop in the Swan Centre has closed and WHSmiths book store is closing at the end of Jan. Not forgetting Rymans in the Rowland Hill Centre which closes later this month.
What is the point of building more retail outlets down on the Weavers Wharf/Bull Ring redevelopment when there are so many existing empty stores in the town. It's not new shop buildings that are required it's new business in the existing ones that the council should be prioritising.
This is old 'news' Hooty's closed before Xmas. A little more up-to-date is that the Flower shop in the Swan Centre has closed and WHSmiths book store is closing at the end of Jan. Not forgetting Rymans in the Rowland Hill Centre which closes later this month. What is the point of building more retail outlets down on the Weavers Wharf/Bull Ring redevelopment when there are so many existing empty stores in the town. It's not new shop buildings that are required it's new business in the existing ones that the council should be prioritising. davsee

9:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kunuty says...

walkerno5 wrote:
Kunuty, since you're not here any more it's almost a pleasant place to live.

Presumably wherever you do live is so dull that you're constantly having to read about your old town. I surmise from this that you have moved to Belgium.
Don't know about pleasant its gonna be quiet with all the shops closing
[quote][p][bold]walkerno5[/bold] wrote: Kunuty, since you're not here any more it's almost a pleasant place to live. Presumably wherever you do live is so dull that you're constantly having to read about your old town. I surmise from this that you have moved to Belgium.[/p][/quote]Don't know about pleasant its gonna be quiet with all the shops closing kunuty

7:23am Tue 21 Jan 14

comberton hill questions says...

This is another sad situation for Kidderminster as davsee rightly points out this is Shuttle reporting behind the times. However it makes me smile when Campion states that it is about funding from Government when his party controls that Government.
Kidderminster got it wrong with Weavers Wharf they have allowed all sorts of business to relocate and this has undermined the town centre.
Worcester street is a mess what business would wish to relocate there now? Only charity shops and empty business premises.
Lets see some ideas from the other parties as well - what would you do??? No point in moaning without any alternatives after all.
This is another sad situation for Kidderminster as davsee rightly points out this is Shuttle reporting behind the times. However it makes me smile when Campion states that it is about funding from Government when his party controls that Government. Kidderminster got it wrong with Weavers Wharf they have allowed all sorts of business to relocate and this has undermined the town centre. Worcester street is a mess what business would wish to relocate there now? Only charity shops and empty business premises. Lets see some ideas from the other parties as well - what would you do??? No point in moaning without any alternatives after all. comberton hill questions

1:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Shibdrift says...

Never mind, when all the shops have closed down, there will be plenty of parking spaces!? Thanks WFDC.
Muppets.
Never mind, when all the shops have closed down, there will be plenty of parking spaces!? Thanks WFDC. Muppets. Shibdrift

6:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

emjaypee says...

Some idiot has proposed installing flats above the shops in Vicar street, they should be thinking of knocking these down and joining up the town centre as a whole, rather than knocking down shops in Lower Mill St....... but hang on.. the one foot in the past brigade have only gone and listed the Vicar St buildings, what better way to stifle progress is there than making out of date buildings listed.
Some idiot has proposed installing flats above the shops in Vicar street, they should be thinking of knocking these down and joining up the town centre as a whole, rather than knocking down shops in Lower Mill St....... but hang on.. the one foot in the past brigade have only gone and listed the Vicar St buildings, what better way to stifle progress is there than making out of date buildings listed. emjaypee

7:06am Thu 23 Jan 14

davewal says...

When private money comes into a town to redevelop it are the council supposed to say no to planning? Weavers wharf was a derelict factory if I remember right. The amount of jobs made from that and Crossley retail park must have boosted the town. There have been mistakes with business rates for the outlying shops but most retail buildings are privately owned so why are the council getting the blame again? Kidderminster is a very good place to shop compared to most places locally and without retail, the town would be nowhere, as the industry seems to be leaving. This is what the council should focus on so we are not just a one trick pony.
When private money comes into a town to redevelop it are the council supposed to say no to planning? Weavers wharf was a derelict factory if I remember right. The amount of jobs made from that and Crossley retail park must have boosted the town. There have been mistakes with business rates for the outlying shops but most retail buildings are privately owned so why are the council getting the blame again? Kidderminster is a very good place to shop compared to most places locally and without retail, the town would be nowhere, as the industry seems to be leaving. This is what the council should focus on so we are not just a one trick pony. davewal

11:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

John Herbert Smith says...

KNOCK IT DOWN AND BUILD FLATS AND HOUSES THERE.

We have a national housing shortage, especially affordable housing, and actually having people living in the town centre is sustainable, with the rail station walking distance away.

Having more people living in the town centre means the shops left will be used more. Stop trying to revive something that is dead!
KNOCK IT DOWN AND BUILD FLATS AND HOUSES THERE. We have a national housing shortage, especially affordable housing, and actually having people living in the town centre is sustainable, with the rail station walking distance away. Having more people living in the town centre means the shops left will be used more. Stop trying to revive something that is dead! John Herbert Smith

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