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Can a new supermarket save Enfield's high street?
Shop owners in Enfield Town believe that a new supermarket on the site of a music shop can save Enfield's high street from extinction.
A branch of music chain HMV that traded in Church Street, Enfield Town for more than 35 years closed in February but the premises will home a Morrisons local.
The supermarket chain has acquired many former HMV stores up and down the country and is planning to open a branch of its new M local stores in early September.
The opening has gone down well with shop owners in the town.
Chris Theodoulou set up Emma Claire salon in Church Street 36 years ago and believes the opening can reinvigorate the high street.
He said: “It is always a positive to see a new shop coming into the town no matter what it is; no one likes to see shops unoccupied. We have been here for more than 35 years and seen a lot changes to the high street but at the moment, it is really struggling.
“The new Morrisons will offer more competition amongst the supermarket big boys in Enfield and the local schools will also benefit as students can get lunch there. It’s all about getting more people into the town and I am sure this is what we will see here.”
However, Enfield resident of more than 30 years Nigella Peters was not convinced that a new supermarket is the right choice.
The 58-year-old, of Monks Road, said: “To fill what used to be a very popular music store with yet another supermarket is ridiculous, I am all for having a new shop, but is this something that people from Enfield want? I really don’t think so.”
Yet Mark Rudling, town centre manager for Enfield Business and Retailers Association, has welcomed the new addition to the town.
He said: “I am obviously pleased that Morrisons are moving into the ex-HMV store. It is very positive news for Church Street, and Enfield Town as a whole. It is also very encouraging that a major company like Morrisons wishes to invest in Enfield, with the benefit of 20 new jobs being created."
Store manager Preeti Sandhu said: “We’re really looking forward to opening in Enfield. Our store will focus on selling fresh food so whether shoppers are looking for lunch on the go or ingredients for dinner that evening, we’re sure they’ll be able to find what they need.”
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