Big high street store opens in Crawley - what do you think?

The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Carlos Castro, and regional manager of Peacocks Les McLain open the new store
The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Carlos Castro, and regional manager of Peacocks Les McLain open the new store

People have responded to the news that a big high street chain has opened a new store in Queens Square.

Peacocks was officially opened on Thursday by the mayor.

Crawley’s previous Peacocks store, located in The Broadway, closed in 2012.

It was one of 244 shops closed as a result of not being included in the sale of the company at the time.

Many have welcomed the opening of the new store but others questioned why it has returned - and called for other big-name brands to set up shop in the town.

Many commented on our Facebook page.

Fabienne Rockchick asked: “Does Peacocks have memory loss? We used to have one years back and it shut down cos business wasn’t good.”

Maz Mitchell added: “Weird how they’ve come back to the very same Queens Square that they left a few years back.”

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Sian Eirian Mcconnon asked: “Why can’t we have more up-market shops?”

Sandra Chambers added: “Correct me if I’m wrong but Peacocks was in the square ages ago and then it became Poundworld, then that closed down and Peacocks has reopened where Boots used to be, a much smaller premises. Its about time we had a few high-end stores.”

Beth Jones said: “Our shops are soooo rubbish and the ones that are there don’t stock the same items as Horsham and Brighton. Let’s have a Levi store, Zara, a bigger Top Shop and some decent shops for young people and old.”

But Lorelle Ellissia Daisy Tilbury thought Crawley had a good selection of shops.

She said: “We have department stores, entertainment stores, toy stores , Oasis , Monsoon, Decathlon, Next, multiple jewellers, a book store, a plus size store, Apricot and Clarks. Seems pretty well rounded to me. Though I do agree that we need more stores in the Queen’s Square rather than more coffee shops.”

She added: “You literally cannot please the people in this town. “