THE drive to revitalise Altrincham has suffered a blow, with fashion chain New Look shutting its store in the town centre.

The chairman of Altrincham Forward and leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Matt Colledge, said: “We are disappointed to hear that New Look will be closing, and clearly this is a blow.

"We were aware of reports last year that the company was looking to close up to 100 stores, but knew that the Stamford Quarter were in discussions regarding the future of the Altrincham branch.”

Cllr Colledge added: “Altrincham Forward’s work, together with the lowest car parking charges in the north west and the huge regeneration programme about to begin, will hopefully ensure a successful future for the town.

However the best thing we can all do to support all our town centres is to use them and make sure we shop local.”