Shopping centre thrives on free parking and good choice of shops

THRIVING ... the shopping centre at The Nook.

THRIVING ... the shopping centre at The Nook.

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FREE parking and a good variety of customer choice is the secret to success for a bustling South Tyneside shopping street, say happy traders.

Yesterday, the Gazette spoke to worried shop owners in Fowler Street, South Shields, who fear for the future amid a decline in footfall and an increase in vacant shop units.

The despondency comes as concerns remain over the state of King Street after yet another major retailer, Dorothy Perkins, announced it was closing down its premises.


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