In reply to a letter in the Journal last week from Jim Radford who stated that there were “at least a couple of empty shops in The Maltings", I would like to set the record straight.

There are no empty shops in the Maltings; the centre is 100 per cent let.

In the last three years there has only been the occasional shop closed due to retirement, and when this happens, these shops are taken up within weeks of becoming vacant.

Bill McConnell, centre manager, The Maltings