Former department store could help boost Southport’s economy

BOOST FOR THE REGION: David Barton at the Lord Street premises

Written by David Barton

A prominent Sefton heritage campaigner advocates that owners of a prestigious building, located on a main shopping street, present a strong business case to future makeup brands in a bid to boost the local economy.

The former Debenhams store in Southport, which was originally built in 1888, has been a key part of Southport’s retail success, with the ability to buy high-end goods including make-up , a mainstay for many decades.

Globally established suppliers, such as: Clarins, Chanel, Clinique, Dior and Estée Lauder have all been staples of Southport’s flagship department stores in previous years. There has been a noticeable void in this market across the region since the early 2020s.

David Barton, former councilor for the Dukes Ward covering downtown and West Birkdale, is determined to see this historic building prosper and succeed in the decade to come. He previously assisted the local management team with the ongoing restoration of the Victorian Conservatory which also encompassed neighboring units based at Age UK, Weldons and the row of shops either side.

The community campaigner believes that every effort should be made to ensure long-term reliable custom for all traders based at the former Debenhams site. He says that by incorporating his proposal, it can bring success in incoming grant funding for other associated civic enterprises while providing a connection to more familiar well-established high street brands from outside the region.

Mr Barton says: “After interviewing a significant number of people on this topic, a recurring theme is the need for more facilities for the female population, especially young women whose cosmetics, retail and even Employment opportunities are very limited along Lord Street compared to decades past. »

He says: “Apart from the brilliant business opportunity this would provide to people, especially women of all ages, under one roof, it would also have the added benefit of conferring exciting employment opportunities for people looking for something in an already highly subscribed job. market.”

“Whether it’s short-term or long-term employment opportunities, having the chance to enjoy and learn the benefits of saving your money for sweets and luxuries while simultaneously supporting the local economy can only be a good thing and it would be a significant boost for Southport and the wider Sefton retail sector Whether it’s younger sister Lucinda Barton, her peers or other young people who are striving to get the best start in their working lives, we must do all we can to give these people as much variety as possible to choose from, beyond seasonal work.

“If other sites, equivalent to this one, chose not to incorporate make-up counters into their premises, the former Debenhams complex would have a bold opportunity ahead of it. By focusing on this market, it could be possible to become a focal point for other major high-end fashion brands and most likely their other associated products that were previously only located in downtown stores, such as popular clothing among men and women. women.”

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