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'So many towns leave shops looking scruffy'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

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A West Cornwall seaside town is bucking the trend of empty shops.

At picturesque St Ives, which boasts of being a year-round destination, only 4% of shops were empty – the sixth best performer in the region – and a figure which represented an improvement on last year.

Deputy mayor Colin Nicholls, who has run Colenso and Co DIY in the town centre for 45 years, put the success down to the town offering clean and attractive shopping.

"I watch some places complaining about not doing business, but so many towns leave their shops looking scruffy."

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He added that second home owners deserved credit for keeping the town thriving.

"They take a lot of pride in the town they have invested in.

"They use local traders, local retailers, local restaurants and local services.

"They are an economy in themselves.

"In St Ives we have a good mix of the locals market, the second home owners and the visitor market."

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  • HannahJones  |  September 05 2012, 8:57PM

    Exactly. Penzance could learn a thing or two. Walking down Market Jew Street yesterday I was struck by how awful it looked. Even lots of the shops which are still trading have piled up cardboard boxes in the windows of the upper floors. They look terrible. And I'm never one to run down Penzance.

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