Scunthorpe traders call for more retailers to follow PerfectHome into the town centre
TRADERS have called for more retailers to move into Scunthorpe town centre after a household goods firm announced it would be opening on the High Street.
PerfectHome is set to open in the unit formerly occupied by Currys Digital, in The Foundry Shopping Centre.
The unit has been empty since the electricals firm closed its doors in February last year.
PerfectHome has 56 stores across the country and offers items to customers through weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment options.
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Laura Standland, manager of the neighbouring New Look store, said: "It is not competition for us because it is a completely different shop.
"I would definitely welcome more companies coming into Scunthorpe and it will bring more trade to Scunthorpe if more empty units are filled. It will benefit everybody.
"I don't know if this is a shop that is going to bring more people to the centre, but at least the shop will not be empty.
"I don't think it affects us whether or not it is empty next door, but we will see what happens. Trade depends on the weather and the beginning of last week was not great with the snow, but we are doing well."
Debbie Sellens, a supervisor at The Works discount book store on High Street hoped bigger companies could be attracted into the town centre.
She said: "It is a good thing the shop is being filled. We could do with more things to entice people into the town but it is a big unit and I am pleased it is going to be filled.
"Anything that is bringing in new investment is good.
"If the council carries on with free parking, that will bring a lot more trade into the town and it would help us."
A spokesman for PerfectHome confirmed a store would be opening in Scunthorpe next month.