Peacocks leaving town may have silver lining

Andy Margieson cente manager at Friars Square
Andy Margieson cente manager at Friars Square

THE future remains uncertain for the latest victim of the recession in the town centre – Clinton’s Cards.

In recent months, national retailers Game, HMV, Peacocks and La Senza have closed down in Friars Square, leaving the centre with empty units and less to offer shoppers.

And now Clinton’s Cards, which owns three stores in Aylesbury town centre, has gone into administration.

But manager at Friars Square, Andy Margieson, has revealed that the departure of fashion retailer Peacocks may in fact have a silver lining for the town.

“Peacocks leaving has freed up a unit in a prime location, and has attracted four or five national retailers to the town,” he said.

“This is great news for Aylesbury, as as soon as we get these companies interested, we can offer them other units if we can’t put them in Peacocks, which we can then tailor to their needs.

“We’ve had a wide variety of national firms show an interest in the town centre – ranging from fashion retailers, to toy stores and budget priced household goods retailers.”

He did, however, add that while the units vacated by firms now under administration are empty, the administrators still have the keys, therefore no new shops can yet move in.