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"... Matthew Hopkinson, business development director with the Local Data Company, which compiled the figures for the BBC, said the data made bleak reading for Swansea:
"I can't see it getting any better, because Swansea is essentially a secondary centre, and we know these multiple retailers are drawing down into fewer locations and larger stores."
"Retail experts and Swansea council's new leader, David Phillips, agreed Swansea must go its own way and not 'replicate and provide the same experience that you are going to get [elsewhere]'.
"But he told the BBC that the authority had been working with major developer Hammerson, to provide a new shopping centre in the city."