Observer comment: Not just good but excellent news for town centre

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WE have heard it before, a new store is opening that will improve the fortunes of Hastings town centre, but with the arrival of hugely popular clothing chain H&M, the tide could indeed be finally turning.

This new H&M store will be one of the largest in the south-east, which has got to be a draw for shoppers, both those from Hastings and St Leonards, and from further afield.

A big name such as this making a significant committment to the town is a bold but much-needed move. There is talk of considerable retail interest and hopefully others will follow.