no to New Tesco express in Ashby


Sorry for all the people who don’t know where on earth Ashby is but this is really just to those that do. I just wanted to say that I encourage everybody to forget the new Tesco and carry on shopping locally, I will not be shopping there and will keep getting my weekly shop from the places where I have built up a relationship with the people who work there, and who try where possible to source local produce.

I have talked before about shopping locally and don’t want to go over it again, but I fear that this new store is going to effect the already struggling small businesses.

Tesco now controls 30% of the grocery market in the UK. In 2006, the supermarket chain announced over £2.2 billion in profits. Growing evidence indicates that Tesco’s success is partly based on trading practices that are having serious consequences for suppliers, farmers and workers worldwide, local shops and the environment.

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5 thoughts on “no to New Tesco express in Ashby

  1. dibnah says:

    Here is a report in the local paper

    A New supermarket is set to open, creating 20 jobs.

    But as Tesco opens its new outlet on Ashby High Street, community leaders have expressed their uncertainty about the future of other stores in the town.On Friday, Tesco will be opening its fourth store in North Lincolnshire, a Tesco Express on Ashby High Street.

    The new store has created 20 new jobs and Tesco has worked with JobCentre Plus to recruit its staff.

    James Welsh, manager of the store, said: “The response from the local community has been brilliant, with over 130 applicants applying to work in the new store.

    “We are now in the process of creating a dedicated team of staff, committed to ensuring all of our customers enjoy their shopping trips.

    “We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store here in Ashby, and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”

    A spokeswoman for JobCentre Plus said: “This is a great example of what we can do to help businesses when they’re recruiting.

    “We got in touch with Tesco in the autumn last year, and Mr Welsh was pleased with the advice and support we gave.

    “For example, we provided labour market information, helped draft the job descriptions and supplied the rooms for the interviews.”

    But ward councillor John Collinson and Scunthorpe Chamber of Trade chairman John Hayes both expressed concern over the future of other shops in the area.

    Mr Hayes said: “Unfortunately, the power of Tesco is unavoidable and they seem to get what they want.

    “Sometimes a supermarket moving into a town could have a good effect, and sometimes it could have an adverse one – until it happens we won’t know what will happen.

    “It is a sign of the times – there seem to be more and more Tescos, and fewer independent stores.”

    Coun Collinson has previously raised local residents’ concerns about the Tesco Express in the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

    He said: “We will have to wait and see what effect it will have on the area – I’m sure Tesco has carried out some suitable market research to see how feasible locating a store there is.

    “However they just seem to be a larger company intent on dominating other retailers.

    “Nothing is going to change right away so we’ll just have to wait to see the effect.”

    The new store will be open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.

    Tesco has three other branches in the region – at Gunness, Crowle and Brigg.

  2. kethry says:

    this site, a money saving site (has green pages) has a thread devoted to people actually trying to avoid supermarkets and shop locally: – you might find it interesting 🙂


  3. dibnah says:

    I spoke to several of the local shops today to ask them what they thought, most said ‘what can you do? we just hope that we don’t lose too much business.”

    It is such a shame that in the face of such large compertition they feel they have no other option than to hope for the best. 😦

  4. We don’t darken the doorways of any of the big 4. Our local Co-op gets the very little money we do spend on food.

    Tesco = Evil. I have first hand experience of this from my former employment as a surveyor. They just steam roller on with what ever they want, regardless of safety, land ownership, ethics…. I have been hours away from suing them on a number of occasions (much to my mirth) but at the last minute, they stop, withdraw or retract. Invariably, however, they get exactly what they want.

    I once saved them from a very large fine for dumping sewage/cooking fat from one of their stores into a wee burn in a neighbouring farmers field. It took me 9 months to get them to repay the £35k I spent on remedial works to clean up the awful mess/placate the farmer/SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency). Believe me, Tesco = Evil!

  5. dibnah says:

    I believe you

    So you got the money in the end?

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