From the Echo
RETAIL giant Argos is to open a superstore at Rayleigh Weir.
The new store will be in unit three of the Rayleigh Weir retail park when it opens after Christmas, according to an employee at neighbouring store Smyth?s Toys.
Argos confirmed it is looking to open a new store in the Rayleigh Weir area, but refused to say exactly where or when it would open.
The Smyth?s Toys worker, who did not want to be named, said the new Argos would be opening next door.
He said: ?All we know is it will be opening after Christmas and it will be in unit three.?
Denise Bigwood, a spokeswoman for Argos, also refused to confirm whether its shop in Rayleigh High Street would close, despite rumours among traders that it will shut.
Castle Point councillor Norman Smith, responsible for economic development, welcomed the prospect of a new shop in Stadium Way…..
For the past almost 3 years, I’ve been travelling into Chelmsford, Southend or Basildon if I need anything from Argos – the store in Rayleigh is a small “Call and Collect” and wonder actually just how many people use it?
The new store is still in Rayleigh, that’s a positive. But let’s face it, unless RDC and the town council actually do something to entice retailers back into the town centre, it won’t be long before all Rayleigh has to offer is an abundance of coffee shops and the odd Poundstretcher type store!
The new store will not be in Rayleigh but in North Benfleet/Castle Point so no rates income for RDC!
District Councils collect ‘business rates'( National Non-Domestic Rates) BUT pass it straight to central government…