Major store is vital, say Northampton shoppers

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Bringing a major name store to Northampton would be a key part of any retail development on Greyfriars, people living in the town have stressed via the Chronicle & Echo’s Facebook page.

While Marks & Spencer has already signed up as the flagship store at the approved Rushden Lakes development, readers say the borough council will need to attract a similar retail powerhouse to the site of the former bus station if it was to succeed.

Nearly 250 people commented on the Chron’s Facebook page this week when asked what they would like to see in a new development.

Richard O Reilly wrote: “Some new stores and department stores (John Lewis) to wake this town up.”

Tracey Bowers said: “Ikea and a proper Primark superstore like other towns have.”

But the suggestions from Chron readers were varied.

Victoria Davey called for a “huge indoor market, like Camden market but smaller,” and was one of many to suggest the site could be used as a hub for independent traders.

Leisure facilities were also a popular choice in the straw poll.

“Soft play area, something for the kids to do in town,” said Karen Burt.”

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