Sunderland has its say as future of Joplings as hotel plans are thrown into question

The former Joplings site in Sunderland city centre.
The former Joplings site in Sunderland city centre.
Have your say

Should it be a new department store or would it make a good hotel after all?

Readers have been having their say on the future of the old Joplings site.

The plans for a £10million hotel in the former department store in John Street have been put in doubt after an investor behind approved proposals was outbid for the five-storey building.

The team behind the designs hope they can still push on with the development through the potential new buyer.

Read more about it here.

Since we updated readers about the issues, people have been having their say on what they think should happen to the shell of the once-popular department store.

Commenting on our story through Facebook, Angie Hammond said: "It's very short sighted to think another hotel is a bad idea.

"We need the hotels....we have a Olympic sized pool with tournaments.

"We have concerts from the Stadium of Light.

"There isn't any where for people to stay for these events.

"They end up staying in Durham and Newcastle and spending their money there.

"We need re generation and forward thinking, not same old same old."

Tracey Sinclair said: "Perhaps if we had something for the people to live in Sunderland to spend money on surely this would be more beneficial.

"We have an Olympic swimming pool yes but what about the kids..they have done away with our leisure facilities forcing us to go and spend our money in other city's but they don't care about the residents of Sunderland."

Danny Taylor said: "More people visit the city the more money they can invest in the city.

"It's a fact hotels bring people to the city. We need more hotels. So why not?"

Linda Watson said: "The Sunderland council offices should move in there and knock the eyesore of the civic centre down.

"The customer service centre at the top of Fawcett Street could then be used as retail units or arts centre, something that would benefit the people of Sunderland."

"Pauline Bonallie called for action to change the look of the site.

She said: "Need to get something done, the building now is a eyesore."

Caroline Gray suggested: "Why not turn it into a John Lewis or big department store?

"Would be good."

John Williams also believes more shops are needed:

"Could turn that store into something like the in shops what the Galleries have and some play areas for families and kids etc," he said.

Francesca Scott also backs plans for a new department store and said: "Get us a Harvey Nics not a hotel."

Valerie Waters agrees and said: "Hope it opens as a shop, we don't need another hotel."

Others believe there is another future for the building.

Emma Neale said: "We need need self contained flats for our ex-services to get them back on their feet."

Aiden Littlemore replied: "Yes we definitely do but not there.

"The town needs regeneration. I'm sure there's nicer places for the veterans."