Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has expressed his dismay at the news that Boots will be closing their stores at Rhos on Sea and Colwyn Bay in March and April respectively next year.
David Jones said:
“This is hugely bad news for the local community. This is not a case of simple shop closures. Pharmacies play an important role in the delivery of health care, and many people will be extremely worried as to how they will be able to obtain essential medicines.
“More broadly, it is another body blow for the local retail economy. The Colwyn Bay store is an important element of the once-vibrant Station Road shopping centre, which has already seen the closure of several other prominent stores, including WH Smith.
“Conwy County Borough Council must redouble its efforts to breathe new life into Station Road. A good start would be to depedestrianise the street, to enable car-borne shoppers to visit it. Pedestrianisation sterilises shopping centres, and is unnecessary with modern traffic-calming methods. “