Traders in the Blaydon shopping centre in Gateshead say that customers are being frightened off by a nearby retail development.
Work has just begun on a new supermarket to be built next to the precinct.
In the short term, the new development will mean restricted parking and when complete new charges are expected to be introduced.
Shop owners like Deepak Sharma say that they are not against the development per se, but that they fear the disruption is affecting business.
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