Readers have been commenting in their droves about the possibility of a new Next store being built on the former Crowtree Leisure Centre site in Sunderland.
A planning application has been submitted to Sunderland City Council for the creation of the 45,000 sq ft development.
A decision on the plan could be made by councillors on the authority by September.
People have been having their say on the Echo’s Facebook page.
David Owen wrote: “This needs to be a complex of some kind. A bit like the Gate in Newcastle.
“Then you can stick Next and a bunch of other things in there but provide real architectural and cultural value. If this is just another box for a single chain store then the city is missing a massive opportunity to improve what is a great part of the town, which could be made greater.”
Jack Clark said: “Building a Next? When the existing store gets nobody through the doors? Terrible idea.”
Ian Jones was critical of the artist’s impression of the development, writing: “Please get a better design.
“Something that will link this part of town to Cultural Quarter. Not another characterless block.”
Many people have called for the creation of a new leisure centre to replace Crowtree.
Marc ‘Ollie’ Olsen said: “Should be a leisure centre. Except ran well.”
Courtney Begg wrote: “Bring back Crowtree and ice rink.”
Some people have welcomed the plans however.
Jennifer Davidson Mcquillan wrote: “A Next Home shop would be fab.”
Carol Charters said: “Lovely, hope it has furniture and more choice from catalogue.”