A NEW shopkeeper is urging shoppers to use Asda car park to help boost trade in Silverhill over Christmas and the new year.
Dawn Bates, 45, has just opened Up Yonder Cafe on Sedlescombe Road North with her husband John, 47.
The pair were not put off by being so close to the Asda superstore across the road.
Dawn is urging shoppers to use the car park as Asda allows shoppers to use its car park free of charge.
Dawn has lived in Silverdale Road for the last 17 years and watched ASDA being built as she lived just around the corner from it.
She says four shops have been and gone since the Asda store opened in December 2010.
“The store has not had too much of an impact on trade here,” said Dawn.
“There has been about four stores close down since Asda opened three years ago.
“It was always going to be a bit too close to the shops that were already here. What we really need is shoppers to know they can used Asda car park to able to stop, get out and spend an hour or two in the local shops free of charge. I think the small traders here can survive because the business is personal and is right on their doorstep. Residents are trying to support their local business. The Asda car park is vast. It is half full most of the time so it would be great if that space could be utilised more for the greater good of the community.I just think people need a reminder they can park up and come across the road.”
Asda spokesman, Philip Bartram, said: “Our store in Silverhill provides three hours of parking provision for customers - allowing shoppers to visit other businesses in the district centre.”