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  • "Martin, a couple of valid points in your statement there, and to a degree I agree with you.

    Your initial point about the Julian Graves situation specifically I agree with it is a national issue for them, and probably not effected by Haverfordwest alone.

    With regard to letting the High street die, I'm not sure I agree with you. If we take Haverfordwest in particular there could be free parking offered in the town centre if that is one of the main things. I believe if you look at how Bridge St and Riverside shopping centre has changed over the passed few years, the majority of the places left are charity shops, or low end bargain shops such as the poundlands etc. With the bigger stores relocating out of town this has driven the foot flow in the town down, to the detriment of stores like Ocky White, and the indoor market. These things need to be addressed.

    Yes trade will be effected as buying habits change to the online, but the areas need to support the town centre, specifically the local stores who have built up their business with service, and personality along with products. If we loose this it will be to the detriment of everyone, and yes the question then comes what do we replace them with?"
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More retail uncertainty for Haverfordwest as administrators appointed to Julian Graves

First published in News

Difficult financial conditions could claim the life of yet another of Haverfordwest's stores as health food store Julian Graves goes into administration but remains trading.

Chris Farrington, Neville Kahn and Lee Manning of Deloitte, the business advisory firm, were appointed joint administrators to Julian Graves Limited, a food retailer specialising in dried fruit and nuts yesterday afternoon.

Haverfordwest's Bridge Street store is one of 189 across the UK.

Deloitte said that the company has been adversely affected by the tough economic climate, in particular, the ongoing pressure on consumer spending, a competitive high street trading environment, and rising commodity prices.

Chris Farrington, joint administrator and restructuring services partner at Deloitte, said: “Our priority is to assess the financial position of Julian Graves and consider what options are available. In the meantime, all stores will continue to trade as normal and all employees will continue to be paid.”

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