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Coundon Tesco has 'mixed impact' year on from launch

Coventry Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TESCO store built next to a row of independent traders is having a mixed impact on local business, the Observer has been told.

The Holyhead Road Tesco Express opened on the corner of Grayswood Avenue in July last year.

Locals said they continued to be worried about the effect on small shops next door – even if the store had proved to be useful.

It comes as work starts on a new Asda store opposite shops in Daventry Road, Cheylesmore. Nearby residents and shop owners had fought both bids from the supermarket giants but failed to stop planning permission being granted by the city council.

One staff member at Holyhead News & Wines admitted trade had been affected by Tesco in the last 12 months while others spoke of fears for the local Londis store, whose staff declined to comment.

Wayne Barker, from Ron Barker Butchers, said it had not affected his business but added: “We were always more concerned about how it affected Londis because it sold the kind of stuff that competes with Tesco.

“We did object purely on their behalf and the paper shop.

“However, that corner was a mess before Tesco was built on it so in that respect it’s cleaned it up. There are two ways of looking at it.”

Shopper Fay Wathen said she had not noticed any difference.

“I signed a petition for the sake of the people here but I must say I find Tesco useful.

“I sometimes go because the greengrocers doesn’t have what I want but I try and use the local shops.”

Tesco corporate affairs manager Simon Petar added: “Since opening we have been delighted with how welcoming the local community, local traders and our customers have been.

“It’s a pleasure serving them and we look forward to playing our part in the community for many years to come.”

Meanwhile, work has started on a controversial new Asda store opposite local shops in Daventry Road, Cheylesmore. (s)

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