Harrow retail voids well below average

st annes centre harrowRetail voids in Harrow Town Centre have steadily decreased in the past six months with just four per cent of shops now empty, says Harrow Council.

This is well below the London-wide figure of 10.1% and the national figure of 14.6%.

The vacancy rate decrease in Harrow shows a drop from seven per cent in May and, says the council, shows their efforts to stimulate the local economy are working.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “These figures reveal we are bucking the national trend and that the changes we have put in place to bolster the local economy are working.”

To keep the momentum going Harrow Council say they will spend ¬£1.8m awarded through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund on town centre management, festivals, events and markets, the creation of a new town centre park in Lowlands Road, and improvements to the main shopping street, St Ann ‘s Road.

Darren Harman, St George’s Centre Manager, confirmed the momentum carries through to new retail tenants: “In the last three weeks alone we have had three new tenants open at St George’s – Deichmann Shoes, Pizza Express and HMV Pop Up.”

Rhona Denness, General Manager, Harrow in Business, added: “Harrow Council has always supported business to ensure their growth and sustainability in the borough and with the BID team work and the successful award of the Outer London Fund they are again showing their commitment and vision to helping local businesses succeed.”

 

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