The shops set to open in the Brewery site look like they will be all new to Dorchester - Hobbs etc, and hopefully it won't affect the pre-exisitng high street because it will be catering to a different shopper all togther. My main worry about the development is the addition of the Odeon cinema - I don't see how it won't affect our beloved Plaza. Although saying that there is no way Odeon can compete with the low admission prices at the plaza, the big chains are £7 + pounds to get in! and a bag of sweets is about £2.90!!!
To be honest, the new brewery square and charles street developments arn't really bringing much commerce to the town. Yes they offer new shops to cater for different shoppers but it doesn't offer the same variety as other towns do. For example, most towns now days have resonably sized retail parks to cater for larger companies such as currys and sports direct. These seem to be very cost effective as it brings in not only local people from the town but people from the surrounding areas. However here in dorchester we have a tiny retail park consiting of currys, dreams and halfords (and technically tesco) which lets face it, t doesn't offer much variety in the way of a shopping trip. I think that if the town focused on making more room for larger high-street shops and retail areas instead of high-end specialists shops then dorchester would grow and develop dramatically in both commerce and population.