Controversial Tesco store in Bourne End set to open

Controversial Tesco store set to open

Controversial Tesco store set to open

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A SUPERMARKET giant is finally gearing up to open its doors in Bourne End – more than two and a half years after winning planning permission in controversial circumstances.

Tesco won permission to open a store at the site of the old police station on The Parade in July 2011 despite 300 objections from residents and traders.

Concerns centred over the loss of business for smaller, independent traders if the retail might of Tesco was allowed to muscle in on the village.

Many villagers also felt being a former public building, the old police station should have been retained for community use.

But two and a half years on work is well underway, and after a successful recruitment drive, Tesco managers have hired 15 people from the area to work in the new store, which opens next month.

Store manager Ahmed Ziyad said: “I was thrilled by the response we received to our recruitment drive. There were so many great applicants which made the decision very tough when it came to selecting the successful 15.

“My new team and I are looking forward to offering shoppers a clean, bright and spacious new store with fast and friendly service. We want to make this very much a local store for local people.”

Permission for the new store was granted on appeal after WDC’s initially rejected the application.

But WDC did not speak against the plans at the public hearing, saying it would be too costly in a case it was unlikely to win.

This left villagers and traders to do the talking, but they were unsuccessful in their opposition.

Campaigner Jim Penfold said: “The planning application and the appeal were dealt with by WDC in an undemocratic and disgraceful fashion.

“The village further felt that with our independent traders and the convenience stores we already had, we certainly did not need a Tesco Express.

"I, for one, could have thought of many better uses for that site and have no intention of using the Tesco store.

"Furthermore I have always advocated that local people should not change their shopping habits and should support local independent traders.”

Since Tesco gained planning permission in 2011, new plans for a Sainsbury’s Local just metres away at Parade Court have been submitted to Wycombe District Council.

And an M&S Simply Food outlet has opened as part of an overhaul of the petrol station at the opposite end of the Parade.

These add to the already crowded grocery scene in Bourne End, which already had two Co-Op stores operating within a hundred metres of one another.

The new Tesco will open seven days a week from 6am until 11pm, and will feature a cash machine and self-service tills.

It will also provide limited customer parking and Tesco’s Click and Collect service, where customers can order online and pick up in store.

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9:59am Tue 28 Jan 14

BucksComment says...

Lets hope people really don't change their shopping habits.

It will be interesting to see the mix of produce available, I fully expect it to be heavy on fruit and veg plus fresh meat - designed to kill off the local retailers.
Lets hope people really don't change their shopping habits. It will be interesting to see the mix of produce available, I fully expect it to be heavy on fruit and veg plus fresh meat - designed to kill off the local retailers. BucksComment
  • Score: -2

10:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

MunsterX says...

BucksComment wrote:
Lets hope people really don't change their shopping habits.

It will be interesting to see the mix of produce available, I fully expect it to be heavy on fruit and veg plus fresh meat - designed to kill off the local retailers.
Hows about they stock a range of deckchairs, buckets, spades and vollleyball nets and kill their own business instead?

Blame WDC not the store.
[quote][p][bold]BucksComment[/bold] wrote: Lets hope people really don't change their shopping habits. It will be interesting to see the mix of produce available, I fully expect it to be heavy on fruit and veg plus fresh meat - designed to kill off the local retailers.[/p][/quote]Hows about they stock a range of deckchairs, buckets, spades and vollleyball nets and kill their own business instead? Blame WDC not the store. MunsterX
  • Score: 5

10:49am Tue 28 Jan 14

mitch12 says...

seems like the only major growth is tesco stores
seems like the only major growth is tesco stores mitch12
  • Score: -2

11:04am Tue 28 Jan 14

1wycombe says...

Blame wdc for everything....
Blame wdc for everything.... 1wycombe
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jayeatman says...

IF all the objectors are truly representative of the general population then nobody will shop at this store and it will quickly close. Job done!

On the other hand if people shop there because it provides the same or better produce at a lower price, then that is capitalism at work.

Perhaps the money they save by shopping there, they will spend in other nearby shops. Perhaps they will shop at their local Tesco and trog over to the Loudwater store less often which would bring more shoppers to the High St.
IF all the objectors are truly representative of the general population then nobody will shop at this store and it will quickly close. Job done! On the other hand if people shop there because it provides the same or better produce at a lower price, then that is capitalism at work. Perhaps the money they save by shopping there, they will spend in other nearby shops. Perhaps they will shop at their local Tesco and trog over to the Loudwater store less often which would bring more shoppers to the High St. jayeatman
  • Score: 7

9:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Moonpanda says...

Not another one urgh
Not another one urgh Moonpanda
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

unhappyhammer says...

jayeatman wrote:
IF all the objectors are truly representative of the general population then nobody will shop at this store and it will quickly close. Job done!

On the other hand if people shop there because it provides the same or better produce at a lower price, then that is capitalism at work.

Perhaps the money they save by shopping there, they will spend in other nearby shops. Perhaps they will shop at their local Tesco and trog over to the Loudwater store less often which would bring more shoppers to the High St.
Erm, this is a Tesco Express. Ever been to one? Limited choice, prices FAR higher than in a full Tesco Supermarket - usual insipid mass produced fodder, cheap products sold at prices which may seem attractive, but for the quality, are actually extortionate. Don't follow the myth - try comparing price AND quality with the alternatives. Long live Curly's - eat genuinely fresh!!
[quote][p][bold]jayeatman[/bold] wrote: IF all the objectors are truly representative of the general population then nobody will shop at this store and it will quickly close. Job done! On the other hand if people shop there because it provides the same or better produce at a lower price, then that is capitalism at work. Perhaps the money they save by shopping there, they will spend in other nearby shops. Perhaps they will shop at their local Tesco and trog over to the Loudwater store less often which would bring more shoppers to the High St.[/p][/quote]Erm, this is a Tesco Express. Ever been to one? Limited choice, prices FAR higher than in a full Tesco Supermarket - usual insipid mass produced fodder, cheap products sold at prices which may seem attractive, but for the quality, are actually extortionate. Don't follow the myth - try comparing price AND quality with the alternatives. Long live Curly's - eat genuinely fresh!! unhappyhammer
  • Score: 5

10:04am Wed 29 Jan 14

pastyboy says...

When I moved to Bourne End it was a quiet place, now its extremely busy and will exacerbate in future. Of course people will use the new Tesco as the volume of cars routinely use the indicate it'll be a success. As will Sainsbury when it will be built. Answer, embrace living in an ever increasing swarming society with no space or just move. I'll take the latter thanks!
When I moved to Bourne End it was a quiet place, now its extremely busy and will exacerbate in future. Of course people will use the new Tesco as the volume of cars routinely use the indicate it'll be a success. As will Sainsbury when it will be built. Answer, embrace living in an ever increasing swarming society with no space or just move. I'll take the latter thanks! pastyboy
  • Score: 0

11:46am Wed 29 Jan 14

amfm says...

Every time a Tesco Express opens; you get the minority moaning on about it. Meanwhile the silent majority go and shop there.
Every time a Tesco Express opens; you get the minority moaning on about it. Meanwhile the silent majority go and shop there. amfm
  • Score: -2

1:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

stevet123 says...

Waht you need now is a Sainsbury, a Asda and a morrisons in bourne end, then you can go into each shop, buy bargins on offer, and save money on fuel, as they be so close together you can walk them all
Waht you need now is a Sainsbury, a Asda and a morrisons in bourne end, then you can go into each shop, buy bargins on offer, and save money on fuel, as they be so close together you can walk them all stevet123
  • Score: -1

6:23am Sun 2 Feb 14

1wycombe says...

well said man people always moan...GOOD LUCK TESCO....
well said man people always moan...GOOD LUCK TESCO.... 1wycombe
  • Score: 0

11:58am Sun 2 Feb 14

stevet123 says...

Perhaps all these Supermarket chains, are hoping that Bourne End, get the name status changed to >>> Bourne End - On - Thames
Perhaps all these Supermarket chains, are hoping that Bourne End, get the name status changed to >>> Bourne End - On - Thames stevet123
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

shaky2 says...

stevet123 wrote:
Perhaps all these Supermarket chains, are hoping that Bourne End, get the name status changed to >>> Bourne End - On - Thames
Or could be renamed Bourne End on TESCO's
[quote][p][bold]stevet123[/bold] wrote: Perhaps all these Supermarket chains, are hoping that Bourne End, get the name status changed to >>> Bourne End - On - Thames[/p][/quote]Or could be renamed Bourne End on TESCO's shaky2
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

shaky2 says...

pastyboy wrote:
When I moved to Bourne End it was a quiet place, now its extremely busy and will exacerbate in future. Of course people will use the new Tesco as the volume of cars routinely use the indicate it'll be a success. As will Sainsbury when it will be built. Answer, embrace living in an ever increasing swarming society with no space or just move. I'll take the latter thanks!
Sounds just like I remember how Flackwell Heath used to be
[quote][p][bold]pastyboy[/bold] wrote: When I moved to Bourne End it was a quiet place, now its extremely busy and will exacerbate in future. Of course people will use the new Tesco as the volume of cars routinely use the indicate it'll be a success. As will Sainsbury when it will be built. Answer, embrace living in an ever increasing swarming society with no space or just move. I'll take the latter thanks![/p][/quote]Sounds just like I remember how Flackwell Heath used to be shaky2
  • Score: -1

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