We have to totally disagree with the idea of turning the M&S building into even more charity and arts units, that’s exactly what this town needs.
We desperately need more retail stores.
If you want a coffee, get your hair done or visit a charity shop, Andover is the place to be.
If you want clothes, ladies or men, forget it.
Granted, there are four major cities within 20 miles where you have a much better chance of getting what you need, which is great if you know how to drive.
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A city the size of Andover should be able to handle all of your retail needs.
We have at least two very large retail units which would be ideal for stores like Primark or Matalan so why aren’t the powers that be creating enticing larger retail companies to locate here like reduced rents, etc. ?
How come Barnstaple in North Devon which has a population of around 32,000 has a thriving shopping center which includes some of the names we used to have in Andover which has over 50,000?
Come on, let’s bring Andover back to what it was, a thriving market town, instead of this ghost town we have now!
Derek and Pam Andrews
Rise of herons