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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:03 UK time, Thursday, 29 November 2007

Concerns are again being raised today about Tesco's dominance on the High Street, this time with Denbigh being earmarked as a possible new store location.

To consider the possible effects on Denbigh you need only look to Ruthin and Mold where Tesco is already a strong presence. [I see the old deli on Wrexham Street, Mold, has now closed.]

And watching the sprawling Tesco store being built in Holywell, you can't help but wonder about its effects on the already quiet town centre just a stone's throw away. What are your thoughts?

My family's shopping habits have changed over the years. We've gone from traditional High Street shopping to supermarkets and although we now use and realise the importance of our traditional shops and High Street, the supermarket giant is still a major presence in our lives.

My four-year-old daughter was able to recognise the corporate logo whilst still a toddler; the logo pops up on my wife's phone as it provides the mobile network and we get points on our loyal shopper card for every pound we use in gas and electric with our utility supplier at home. [set up especially when Tesco opened in Ruthin] raises some interesting points about the new Denbigh plans and implications for Ruthin as well as Denbigh.

Meanwhile, quotes Gwyn Evans, North Wales chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, as saying the new retail park would alter Denbigh’s shopping centre, pulling shoppers away from the top end of town and leading to the closure of more small shops there.

Both and Mr Evans raise valid concerns but Mold, for example, is massively busy with shoppers to the market and town centre on a Saturday even though you can hardly get a car parking space at the 24hr Tesco.

So, is there enough room for the big boys and the smaller and independent trader in our town centres if the balance is right? Do you want a new shopping experience and / or has our High Street had its day?

Perhaps we'll know better when Wrexham's enormous Eagles Meadow development has had time to bed in - or by then it maybe too late, according to James who writes: "I'm holding judgement until it opens, however on being in town this morning I noted for the first time in a long time the number of boarded up shops in what I know to be the town centre and feel that once Eagles Meadow opens, Queen Street, Hope Street and Regent Street will be eerily quiet."

Your thoughts please...

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