Sutton Guardian readers have been sharing their ideas for improving the high street since our visit last week.

On Wednesday ( July 21), we took a lovely stroll along Sutton High Street to see how shops were doing following the restriction ease.

We visited during the morning, when it was 28 degrees, and we were glad to see the weather had encouraged people back onto the high street.

For a Wednesday morning, the high street seemed fairly lively, with many residents opting to sit outside for a bit of alfresco dining.

The Sound Lounge, Costa coffee and Tempo Lounge were all bustling - with people seen relaxing outside.

Although Sutton seemed busy and shoppers could be seen enjoying the high street, we noted that between the popular stores and independents, were some of 14 empty units.

We asked readers what they would like to see happen to Sutton High Street.

Below are some of the suggestions:

B & M

B&M was suggested a number of times.

The popular retailer is known for selling "big brands at sensational prices" and sells everything from garden ware to furniture.

Home Bargains

Discount retailer Home Bargains was also requested by our readers.

The chain offers everything from home essentials to "top brands at bottom prices".

River Island

As we walked past what used to be a Topshop, readers said they would like to see another big clothing store return to the high street.

Currently, Sutton High Street offers clothing from the stylish retailer H&M.

A Primark can be found in St Nicholas Shopping Centre, along with some independents.

Smith & Western

American restaurant Smith & Western was also mentioned. Currently, the nearest one is located in Tadworth, Surrey.

The restaurant offers a western themed venue and offers cocktails, beers and "hearty portions of good ole American food".


HMV was also suggested by readers.

The entertainment retailer told PA this week that it plans to put its faith in the UK high street by opening 10 more stores this year.

The retailer said it will seek to incorporate more live music into its stores as part of its investment into bricks and mortar sites.

More activities for kids

We received several responses from readers that suggested a venue that would allow families and young people to do something together.

Popular responses included a bowling venue, arcade and youth centre.

Reader Theo said: "We need something for the kids - they had a great bowling alley which is now a restaurant and hotel - do we need more hotels and restaurants?"

One person commented: "We need more activities for children ( music, art, self-defence sports, gymnastics, healthy cooking)."

Another person said: "We need a little Home Bargains or B&M, or maybe something for the kids like bowling or even bring back the ice rink that popped up for a short while."

More nightlife

Readers mentioned that there are "enough places for people to drink" and begged for no more coffee shops but instead, asked for some entertainment venues.

When we walked past the former nightclub venue Wonderland - readers said it would be nice to get some "big venues".

"A night club for sure. Where has all the night life gone?," said one reader.

More independent stores

Some of our readers said they would like to see more independent businesses reside on the high street.

Reader Georgia said: "I'd like to see the empty shops get populated with a few independent businesses maybe, possibly a youth club to give our young people something to do and maybe a few more entertainment venues to bring a bit more life to Sutton High Street."

Other suggestions included: Zara, Apple, Smyths Toys Superstores, Superdry and Hollister.