Big name store to set up shop in Haverfordwest

Yet another big name store plans to set up shop in Haverfordwest with Debenhams confirmed as the latest tenants at Withybush Retail Park.

The popular department store will join Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, Laura Ashley and Sports Direct when it takes over the former MFI unit.

Retail park manager Prupim has leased a 30,705 square foot unit to Debenhams, which hopes to be open by autumn next year.

There would only be one empty unit remaining although concerns about the future of Comet remain.

Rob Hadfield, director of property at Debenhams, says: “The opportunity for us at Withybush allows us to fulfil an active requirement for representation of not only Haverfordwest but also the wider Pembrokeshire catchment. The store will hopefully open in autumn 2013.”

Rumours that Debenhams were coming to Haverfordwest were denied earlier this year by the company when contacted by the Western Telegraph.

Local county councillor Mark Edwards said he was "delighted" and said it was "fantastic news".

"If we're going to compete with Carmarthen we have got to get these stores in. I think it's another notch, another big name and we can build on that.

"It's really great that they want to come to Haverfordwest. We can't just be stuck where we are because it's not working, we need to look at other options," he said.

Stephen Gwilliam, asset management director at Prupim, said: “We are pleased to welcome Debenhams to Withybush as a significant anchor occupier alongside strong retailers including Marks & Spencer and Next. This provides a good opportunity for leasing the final unit to a strong fashion brand.”

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5:26pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Yves14.. says...

This is marvellous news for Haverfordwest, Debenhams is a prestige store with quality and beautiful goods on display. it also will offer employment opportunities for a diminished area where unemployment is gathering and excellent chances to work long term.

Wonderful news!.
This is marvellous news for Haverfordwest, Debenhams is a prestige store with quality and beautiful goods on display. it also will offer employment opportunities for a diminished area where unemployment is gathering and excellent chances to work long term. Wonderful news!. Yves14..

6:26pm Wed 7 Nov 12

keithg1605 says...

Yes this is good news, however they need to resolve the car parking issues, it is difficult to find a space to park now on the retail park with another major store attracting more customers and the additional staff it will be even harder to find a space, I just hope people don`t start using the hospital car park making it harder for visitors and patients parking there.
Yes this is good news, however they need to resolve the car parking issues, it is difficult to find a space to park now on the retail park with another major store attracting more customers and the additional staff it will be even harder to find a space, I just hope people don`t start using the hospital car park making it harder for visitors and patients parking there. keithg1605

9:33pm Wed 7 Nov 12

clopembs says...

Sounds great but I hope they are planning some extra parking, it can be difficult enough to find a parking space in the Withbush Retail Park as it is. It would be chaos with Debenams there as well. I hope they have taken this into consideration.
Sounds great but I hope they are planning some extra parking, it can be difficult enough to find a parking space in the Withbush Retail Park as it is. It would be chaos with Debenams there as well. I hope they have taken this into consideration. clopembs

7:22am Thu 8 Nov 12

billbob says...

RIP town centres
RIP town centres billbob

9:18am Thu 8 Nov 12

Qwerty123abc says...

They have to sort the parking out up there as there is no way it can cope, it's a joke up there on the weekends! I'm affraid haverfordwest town will always struggle due to the lack of parking (spaces in multi storey car park are too small and the ramps too narrow so that's avoided by most) and then there are the small shops, nothing big enough to attract the big names (which in turn would attract the people and help the small independant shops that are in town). And now we have that ugly paving in castle square, makes a lovely impression that.., concrete slabs with some random lights, who's idea was that?!
They have to sort the parking out up there as there is no way it can cope, it's a joke up there on the weekends! I'm affraid haverfordwest town will always struggle due to the lack of parking (spaces in multi storey car park are too small and the ramps too narrow so that's avoided by most) and then there are the small shops, nothing big enough to attract the big names (which in turn would attract the people and help the small independant shops that are in town). And now we have that ugly paving in castle square, makes a lovely impression that.., concrete slabs with some random lights, who's idea was that?! Qwerty123abc

9:45am Fri 9 Nov 12

ladybench says...

Parking it won't be free for long
the planners need to get a grip and resolve some of these outstanding issues and stop wasting there funds on consultants.
Parking it won't be free for long the planners need to get a grip and resolve some of these outstanding issues and stop wasting there funds on consultants. ladybench

3:10pm Sun 11 Nov 12

jexi1110 says...

These days, I prefer to go to Carmarthen for all my shopping and socialising. It has dramatically improved in the last couple of years. Carmarthen now has a very pleasant and bustling town centre.

By comparison, Haverfordwest remains scruffy, badly designed and unwelcoming. The Riverside area is not very nice. It's scruffy, smelly and full of litter, pigeons and seagulls. The multi-storey is not fit for purpose (as anyone who has scraped/bumped their car on the kerbs or numerous steel pillars will attest).

Millions need to be spent on bringing Haverfordwest town centre up to scratch. Until then, it will continue to decline and become a ghost town.
These days, I prefer to go to Carmarthen for all my shopping and socialising. It has dramatically improved in the last couple of years. Carmarthen now has a very pleasant and bustling town centre. By comparison, Haverfordwest remains scruffy, badly designed and unwelcoming. The Riverside area is not very nice. It's scruffy, smelly and full of litter, pigeons and seagulls. The multi-storey is not fit for purpose (as anyone who has scraped/bumped their car on the kerbs or numerous steel pillars will attest). Millions need to be spent on bringing Haverfordwest town centre up to scratch. Until then, it will continue to decline and become a ghost town. jexi1110

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