Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

John Lewis store has to go ahead

Further to your report by Robin Morton and Margaret Canning in the Belfast Telegraph (August 28), I write to add my voice to that of the many consumers in Northern Ireland who, realising that in this geographic region we are at least 15 years behind the rest of GB in terms of mixed retailing and quality department stores, encourage the planning system in NI to give John Lewis the green light for its proposed (and substantially revised) store development at Sprucefield.

We have for far too long been short-changed in respect of quality shopping of the style and standard which John Lewis offers to consumers in other major centres of retail excellence.

I should like those who continue to object to the proposed development to consider the issue of ‘leakage’ to the Republic which could result if JLP does not get the go-ahead. To lose this window of opportunity would be sheer folly.

DONALD C McFETTRIDGE

Head of Retail Studies, University of Ulster

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