SHOPPERS are in two minds over a discount store’s plans to take over the old Post Office in Gosport.
Poundworld has put in an application to Gosport Borough Council to take over the high street site in the town centre.
There are too many pound shops and 99p stores.Rachel Finch
But while people from Gosport are happy the unit could be filled, they have questioned whether another discount store is needed with the high street already home to Poundstretcher and 99p Stores.
Resident David Gibbard said: ‘There isn’t a lot of variety in Gosport with many of the shops selling the same sort of stuff.
‘Getting furniture and other items can often be an inconvenience due to the lack of variety that Gosport offers.
‘As a result, I often have to commute to Fareham or Southampton which involves a lot of travelling.’
Fellow Gosport resident Rachel Finch agreed. But she thinks it would be better than an empty unit.
She added: ‘There are too many pound shops and 99p stores.
‘But if it brings more people to Gosport and that in effect leads to the development of the town then it would be a good idea.’
A planning application for Poundworld was submitted to the council this month.
The Post Office unit has been empty since the firm moved the branch along the high street from number 136 to 51-52 where a WHSmith has been built.
Peter Piades, who lives near the town centre, said discount stores were good for value.
‘You do get some good deals from them,’ he said.
‘It is better than having an empty unit.’
Gosport councillor Peter Edgar agreed. He said: ‘Any outlet is better than a closed unit. All high streets are suffering so to have anything is better than an empty shop.’
To comment on the application visit publicaccess.gosport.gov.uk/online-applications and search for 15/00400/FULL