Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford goes into receivership

News Shopper: The Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford. The Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford.

THE Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford has gone into receivership.

Jones Lang LaSalle has confirmed to the News Shopper that on December 19 last year, the company was appointed to take over the centre.

Jemma McAndrew, director and one of the appointed receivers at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: "For many of the retailers within the centre Christmas trading has been positive and it is very much business as usual for the Priory Centre."

Recievership is similar to administration which means accountants have been called in to try to sort out the company's assetts. 

The centre in Lowfield Street includes Sainsburys, Wilkinson, the 99p store and Poundland.

How do you think the news will impact Dartford?

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6:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

HearTheFacts says...

The whole of Dartford needs a rethink, It's time to bring someone in that understands, what a joke Dartford is.

Look at the bus network, what idiot decided to take the buses as far as possible from the centre of Dartford?. Come from Crayford, it get off at Proiry Hill, West Hill. Then a walk into town, get off past B&Q, then a walk. Even that stop is wrong, why put a bus stop passed the shops. Yes it now benefit the station. So people can avoid Dartford all together. Get off the train, then get the bus to Bluewater!. Same coming back.

No the system has been designed to benefit Bluewater, as you can come into Dartford Town Centre from Bluewater. Why not Dartford first?, well the idiots at Dartford Council don't think about Dartford.

With two centre's in Dartford both to far apart, now with the Co-op site up for redevelopment. Let's make it three centres!.

Time now for Dartford's whole redevelopment, bringing a public transport system in to the heart of the town.

It's more than the Proiry centre, It's the whole layout.
The whole of Dartford needs a rethink, It's time to bring someone in that understands, what a joke Dartford is. Look at the bus network, what idiot decided to take the buses as far as possible from the centre of Dartford?. Come from Crayford, it get off at Proiry Hill, West Hill. Then a walk into town, get off past B&Q, then a walk. Even that stop is wrong, why put a bus stop passed the shops. Yes it now benefit the station. So people can avoid Dartford all together. Get off the train, then get the bus to Bluewater!. Same coming back. No the system has been designed to benefit Bluewater, as you can come into Dartford Town Centre from Bluewater. Why not Dartford first?, well the idiots at Dartford Council don't think about Dartford. With two centre's in Dartford both to far apart, now with the Co-op site up for redevelopment. Let's make it three centres!. Time now for Dartford's whole redevelopment, bringing a public transport system in to the heart of the town. It's more than the Proiry centre, It's the whole layout. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 47

1:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

ebbsfleet says...

I agree with the above post. I work as a Taxi driver in Dartford and every day see the mess that Dartford Council has helped create.
The powers that be have sat up (on their big backsides) in their big Council building for far too long doing nothing for the town.
Its not Bluewater or Lakeside that killed Dartford its our local representatives.
I agree with the above post. I work as a Taxi driver in Dartford and every day see the mess that Dartford Council has helped create. The powers that be have sat up (on their big backsides) in their big Council building for far too long doing nothing for the town. Its not Bluewater or Lakeside that killed Dartford its our local representatives. ebbsfleet
  • Score: 24

8:09am Fri 24 Jan 14

OATESY says...

When I moved to Dartford 50 years ago it was a wonderful town. The planners are to blame they seem to think that bigger is better it is not. Lets get back to what Dartford was a market town with every shop you could ever want.
When I moved to Dartford 50 years ago it was a wonderful town. The planners are to blame they seem to think that bigger is better it is not. Lets get back to what Dartford was a market town with every shop you could ever want. OATESY
  • Score: 18

8:30am Fri 24 Jan 14

Dr. Nick says...

Sadly this is analogous to the situation which killed off Woolworths and many other shops/places - only if people shop there will the place thrive, otherwise how can it survive? Once it is gone people will say how much they miss it, but whilst it is there people will find excuses not to go.

What is really killing Dartford is a combination of choice and apathy. To blame the local council is to only look at part of the story. Furthermore, Dartford is a small town with short distances between places. The general populous of Dartford far outweigh the number of people on the council; therefore if more Dartford residents (and the surrounding populous) shopped in Dartford, The Priory would not have this issue.

It is just another "Woolworths" case and the story of UK high streets everywhere. Choice and apathy.
Sadly this is analogous to the situation which killed off Woolworths and many other shops/places - only if people shop there will the place thrive, otherwise how can it survive? Once it is gone people will say how much they miss it, but whilst it is there people will find excuses not to go. What is really killing Dartford is a combination of choice and apathy. To blame the local council is to only look at part of the story. Furthermore, Dartford is a small town with short distances between places. The general populous of Dartford far outweigh the number of people on the council; therefore if more Dartford residents (and the surrounding populous) shopped in Dartford, The Priory would not have this issue. It is just another "Woolworths" case and the story of UK high streets everywhere. Choice and apathy. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 21

9:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

Simon bald says...

and nothing of value was lost
and nothing of value was lost Simon bald
  • Score: 4

9:53am Fri 24 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

Simple reality is that the local highstreet will no longer survive. Online is a massive reason. I hardly ever buy from the highstreet now becaus it's cheaper and more convenient online. To make things even worse for anything in the South East such as Dartford, it that you have Bluewater and Lakeside. The only things that can realistically survive on the local highstreet are takeaways and hair dressers/nail/beauty shops.
Simple reality is that the local highstreet will no longer survive. Online is a massive reason. I hardly ever buy from the highstreet now becaus it's cheaper and more convenient online. To make things even worse for anything in the South East such as Dartford, it that you have Bluewater and Lakeside. The only things that can realistically survive on the local highstreet are takeaways and hair dressers/nail/beauty shops. PaulErith
  • Score: 14

11:30am Fri 24 Jan 14

the wall says...

It's Dirtford, enough saId!
It's Dirtford, enough saId! the wall
  • Score: -35

12:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

If they need any advice on going nap ask bankrupt Fatty Nick BNP Griffin or Dissolved Daley.

Oh my sides
If they need any advice on going nap ask bankrupt Fatty Nick BNP Griffin or Dissolved Daley. Oh my sides Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -29

7:18pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Philsy says...

Yes Dartford is run down, but that centre was not managed properly, i used to work in the centre and the guy managing it couldnt do his job and wasnt that nice.
Yes Dartford is run down, but that centre was not managed properly, i used to work in the centre and the guy managing it couldnt do his job and wasnt that nice. Philsy
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

RikTaylor says...

The problem is that ultimately the high street is dead and no matter how many Mary Porter's are brought in it won't change the fact that people's buying habits have changed.

Whilst we have a surplus of empty shops we have a shortage of affordable housing as well as places to go for entertainment.

The solution is simple:

(1) Pull the empty shops down
(2) Build mixed leisure / housing (eh houses not flats, restaurants, perhaps a cinema)
(3) Re-define a new high street with free traffic access
(4) Encourage independent retailers to take the key positions along the new high street
(5) Fill the gaps with free parking for all.
(6) Encourage local businesses to invest in street scenes, landscaping and sculpture.

If Dartford was more like Crayford then it would be half-way to achieving the above.
The problem is that ultimately the high street is dead and no matter how many Mary Porter's are brought in it won't change the fact that people's buying habits have changed. Whilst we have a surplus of empty shops we have a shortage of affordable housing as well as places to go for entertainment. The solution is simple: (1) Pull the empty shops down (2) Build mixed leisure / housing (eh houses not flats, restaurants, perhaps a cinema) (3) Re-define a new high street with free traffic access (4) Encourage independent retailers to take the key positions along the new high street (5) Fill the gaps with free parking for all. (6) Encourage local businesses to invest in street scenes, landscaping and sculpture. If Dartford was more like Crayford then it would be half-way to achieving the above. RikTaylor
  • Score: -2

8:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

cherithporter says...

Dartford town centre will go downhill further.
Dartford town centre will go downhill further. cherithporter
  • Score: 0

10:26am Tue 28 Jan 14

concerned.erith says...

Just go down Lowfield Street and there's most of the problem - it looks like war zone. From past Barclays there are nothing but emply shops which getting more and more delapidated by the week. Some of these have been empty for over 20 years. How is that supposed to atract new business?
Just go down Lowfield Street and there's most of the problem - it looks like war zone. From past Barclays there are nothing but emply shops which getting more and more delapidated by the week. Some of these have been empty for over 20 years. How is that supposed to atract new business? concerned.erith
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Dartbored says...

concerned.erith wrote:
Just go down Lowfield Street and there's most of the problem - it looks like war zone. From past Barclays there are nothing but emply shops which getting more and more delapidated by the week. Some of these have been empty for over 20 years. How is that supposed to atract new business?
Lowfield Street is a very long and complicated story - Tesco's, Dartford Council (and even central government) have spent years trying to implement a regeneration scheme that everyone is happy with. It's been a disaster, to be fair, but work has finally started and whilst there are still naysayers out there, it will bring a massive boost to a downtrodden Dartford.

The other shopping centre in Dartford - The Orchards - is undergoing a multi million pound refurbishment and despite this story about The Priory (which is actually irrelevant) I would say that things are looking more positive in the town then they have done for many years.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: Just go down Lowfield Street and there's most of the problem - it looks like war zone. From past Barclays there are nothing but emply shops which getting more and more delapidated by the week. Some of these have been empty for over 20 years. How is that supposed to atract new business?[/p][/quote]Lowfield Street is a very long and complicated story - Tesco's, Dartford Council (and even central government) have spent years trying to implement a regeneration scheme that everyone is happy with. It's been a disaster, to be fair, but work has finally started and whilst there are still naysayers out there, it will bring a massive boost to a downtrodden Dartford. The other shopping centre in Dartford - The Orchards - is undergoing a multi million pound refurbishment and despite this story about The Priory (which is actually irrelevant) I would say that things are looking more positive in the town then they have done for many years. Dartbored
  • Score: 1

11:38am Thu 30 Jan 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
If they need any advice on going nap ask bankrupt Fatty Nick BNP Griffin or Dissolved Daley.

Oh my sides
oh do shut up, you're getting boring..........AGAI
N.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If they need any advice on going nap ask bankrupt Fatty Nick BNP Griffin or Dissolved Daley. Oh my sides[/p][/quote]oh do shut up, you're getting boring..........AGAI N. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -1

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