Traders offered short-term rents in Shrewsbury

Traders in Shrewsbury are being offered flexible rents - which can be as short as a week - to fill empty units.

The firm that owns the town's main shopping centres said it was offering shorter leases to encourage new people to "dip their toes" into retail.

It follows the report by retail expert Mary Portas who looked at ways to revitalise local high streets.

Plans for a new £150m shopping centre in Shrewsbury were approved by Shropshire Council last week.

"We are well aware that we've got a number of vacant units," said Kevin Lockwood, manager of the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres.

"We want to give local traders the opportunity to take units on a temporary basis... this gives them the chance to test the waters without making a major financial commitment or tying them into a long-term rental."

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