Archive for 25th October 2007

CEN article: Leader steps up Tesco shop war

Tesco has been reported to the Office of Fair Trading.

Coun Ian Nimmo-Smith, leader of Cambridge City Council, has written to the watchdog asking for an investigation into Tesco’s bid to open an Express store in Mill Road, Cambridge.

He has asked for the plans to be scrutinised by the Competition Commission due to the “current dominance of Tesco within the local retail area and the likely adverse affect on a diverse but fragile range of local independent shops and services”.

He has urged the OFT to act before the planning application is decided next month.

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Compassion in World Farming’s week of action against Tesco

We have received information on a week of action against Tesco, this time on animal welfare grounds. This may be of interest to some of our supporters.

Compassion in World Farming is organising a week of action targeting Tesco – calling on the supermarket to stop selling eggs from caged hens. M&S and Waitrose have stopped selling cage eggs, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Co-op have all made pledges to do the same, but Tesco and Asda refuse to budge.

We’re launching the week of action with a demonstration outside Sir Terry Leahy’s home store (also close to Tesco HQ) on Saturday 3 November 10.30am to 2.30pm. The demo will be peaceful and entirely lawful. We’ll be handing out leaflets and postcards to shoppers and inviting local media. The location is:

Tesco Express, Hammond Court ,
Hammond Street Road,

Another Tesco in London stopped – campaigning works!

Following the recent defeat for Tesco in Ireland comes the news that another proposed Tesco store in Tolworth (London) has also been stopped.

ThisIsMoney reports that:

“Plans to build a superstore and 662 homes at Tolworth, near Kingston, south west London, have been withdrawn in the face of all-out opposition from residents and shopkeeper. […]
The decision comes after a Competition Commission’s report highlighted concerns about the emergence of ‘Tesco towns’ where only one company can prosper.”

This appears to be a very similar situation to Mill Road, With a large Tesco within 2 miles.

We hope that Tesco will do right thing and withdraw their plans for a Mill Road Tesco in Cambridge.

ThisIsMoney also reported earlier this year on the ‘Sly tricks of the supermarkets‘.