Archive for 26th August 2019

10 years ago

Tesco opened their store 10 years ago today.

The store looks as if it is unprofitable as ever. Despite its probable loss-making, Tesco will probably never pull out, which would be to acknowledge that one of the largest anti-Tesco campaigns in the country was right.

This is a small store with a limited range that is hard to service. Thanks to our efforts, Tesco failed to get an extension, failed to be able to deliver using the large lorries they wanted, cannot deliver from on Mill Road, and cannot sell alcohol. They lost planning applications as well as an appeal in front of a government inspector, and had to rely on the existing very limited shop permission.

Rarely do you see many customers in what is a small store offering nothing that other local shops and the Co-op already have.

Millions of pounds have been taken out of the Mill Road area as a result of this store over the last ten years, reducing the viability of the other shops.

We encourage people to Shop Local and support your local traders.