Campaigners say they will fight village Tesco

PUB THREAT: Areley Kings' Londis Pantry Stores assistant manager Richard Taylor and residents Mark and Debbie Bywater. Picture: Phil Loach. 101432L.

PUB THREAT: Areley Kings' Londis Pantry Stores assistant manager Richard Taylor and residents Mark and Debbie Bywater. Picture: Phil Loach. 101432L. Buy this photo

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CAMPAIGNERS in Areley Kings say they will fight plans by a supermarket giant to replace the village pub with a Tesco Express store.

Tesco has taken a lease from Punch Taverns for the Squirrel Inn and could open at the Areley Common site later this year. Planning applications are likely to be submitted in the coming weeks, during which the Squirrel will continue to trade.

A “No to Tesco in Areley Common” group has been started on facebook by residents who say it is “not needed”.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Simon Petar, who will host a public meeting on Monday, March 17, at 7.30pm at Areley Kings Village Hall, said a store would create about 20 jobs and boost the local economy.

Another public meeting, just for local residents, will take place next Thursday, at 8pm at the Methodist Church, Astley Cross.

Resident Mark Bywater told The Shuttle: “Most residents are completely against this – we have already got a Londis. What is the purpose of this? The actual street will not be able to cope with the trucks and cars coming through and parking on one side of the road. It will cause mayhem and it is not really needed in this area.”

Another resident, Robert Lloyd, said they feared current outlets could close, including the Londis Pantry Stores, owned and run by Jim Perry, 86, whose family have been food retailing in Stourport since 1932. Assistant manager Richard Taylor said Mr Perry had been “overwhelmed” by support received from villagers.

Mr Petar said: “It is important the local community are made aware of the plans . We are here to listen, learn, talk and discuss. It is important we give everyone the opportunity to give us their feedback and we have had a number of supportive emails and those that have raised concerns.

“There is every reason to believe we will co-exist and complement the existing independent traders, as we do in villages and small towns across the country.”

A Punch Taverns spokesman added: “ We appreciate the concerns of local residents but we review our estate regularly to ensure our sites are maximising potential and, in some cases, how they may benefit the community under different ownership.”

Meanwhile, Mr Petar also confirmed Tesco had an “interest in” the Angel Inn, also owned by Punch Taverns, in Load Street, Bewdley.

District council leader, Conservative John Campion, said: “The council doesn’t have the power to stop pubs being sold and are bound by national planning laws when it comes to considering their change of use.”

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8:19am Thu 6 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

it will be good as londis is to dear,
it will be good as londis is to dear, gypsyman1
  • Score: -5

9:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

Poppasmurf says...

Don't know about the one in Areley Kings, but the Co-op in Bewdley definitely needs some competition as it's been selling overpriced products to the public ever since it bought out and closed the Spar store. I would have preferred it if it had been a store other than Tesco opening in Bewdley but anything is better than the situation we have at the moment.
Don't know about the one in Areley Kings, but the Co-op in Bewdley definitely needs some competition as it's been selling overpriced products to the public ever since it bought out and closed the Spar store. I would have preferred it if it had been a store other than Tesco opening in Bewdley but anything is better than the situation we have at the moment. Poppasmurf
  • Score: 1

10:08am Thu 6 Mar 14

BQ says...

The Squirrel has been performing poorly for years and looks in a poor state, but Tesco isn't the answer. The village is already served by a Londis store which is an ample size. Taylor's newsagents would also suffer from Tesco and won't no doubt close down if Tesco get their way.
The Squirrel has been performing poorly for years and looks in a poor state, but Tesco isn't the answer. The village is already served by a Londis store which is an ample size. Taylor's newsagents would also suffer from Tesco and won't no doubt close down if Tesco get their way. BQ
  • Score: 15

12:02pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Wagtail59 says...

Two stores in Areley Kings one a multi national brand does seem 'over the top'.

Another sign of the economic recovery, yet another supermarket.
Two stores in Areley Kings one a multi national brand does seem 'over the top'. Another sign of the economic recovery, yet another supermarket. Wagtail59
  • Score: 6

1:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Concerned resident of Stourport says...

http://www.tescopoly
.org/ is a Campaigning to curb supermarket power and should help stop the Tesco monopoly.

I would have thought Tesco’s should concentrate on clearing up the site in Stourport which the never developed.
http://www.tescopoly .org/ is a Campaigning to curb supermarket power and should help stop the Tesco monopoly. I would have thought Tesco’s should concentrate on clearing up the site in Stourport which the never developed. Concerned resident of Stourport
  • Score: 10

4:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

jon cooper says...

I'm not a businessman by any stretch of the imagination - i'm not a hater of Tesco either - but it seems illogical to me for the sense of plonking a Tesco Express in the tiny village of Areley Kings, when a perfectly good store currently sits right next door to it.

Areley Common is not exactly the best thoroughfare in the world regarding the flow of traffic: but when Tesco comes, (and come they will), congestion will increase ten-fold, there is no doubt about it. Unlike the new town centre superstore in Stourport, Tesco will not have the capacity to improve the road network in Areley Kings, simply because there isn't the scope to modernise the Areley Common situation. All these facts make the reality of a Tesco in Areley Kings rather stupid, and i'm afraid that Tesco have been rather shortsighted about it all.
I'm not a businessman by any stretch of the imagination - i'm not a hater of Tesco either - but it seems illogical to me for the sense of plonking a Tesco Express in the tiny village of Areley Kings, when a perfectly good store currently sits right next door to it. Areley Common is not exactly the best thoroughfare in the world regarding the flow of traffic: but when Tesco comes, (and come they will), congestion will increase ten-fold, there is no doubt about it. Unlike the new town centre superstore in Stourport, Tesco will not have the capacity to improve the road network in Areley Kings, simply because there isn't the scope to modernise the Areley Common situation. All these facts make the reality of a Tesco in Areley Kings rather stupid, and i'm afraid that Tesco have been rather shortsighted about it all. jon cooper
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Saintinexile says...

Tesco builds stores for one reason only . . to make money. They have no sympathy for local traders who consequently go bust or indeed the knock on effect. Londis sells produce from local suppliers,(eggs, milk, meat, even Christmas cards and calendars) Tesco won't, therefore putting their livelihoods at risk also. Londis caters for the local community with it's smaller packages of meat and vegetables(ideal for those living alone), Tesco don't. Londis offers a hot meal service for the elderly or infirm who find cooking a full meal difficult, Tesco don't. Yes they can be expensive for certain items, but they are also inexpensive for others, that is the way with local stores, it isn't designed as somewhere for families to do the weekly shop. For all the reasuring words from Mr Petar, Tesco will not be satisfied until they put Perry's and Taylor's out of business and they then have the monopoly in our village, they will undercut at every opportunity even down to newspaper prices. PLUS they are also putting our local Post Office at risk, for if Perry's goes . . then they will go. I appreciate that The Squirrel has had a bad few years, but this cannot be the way forward for the village.
Tesco builds stores for one reason only . . to make money. They have no sympathy for local traders who consequently go bust or indeed the knock on effect. Londis sells produce from local suppliers,(eggs, milk, meat, even Christmas cards and calendars) Tesco won't, therefore putting their livelihoods at risk also. Londis caters for the local community with it's smaller packages of meat and vegetables(ideal for those living alone), Tesco don't. Londis offers a hot meal service for the elderly or infirm who find cooking a full meal difficult, Tesco don't. Yes they can be expensive for certain items, but they are also inexpensive for others, that is the way with local stores, it isn't designed as somewhere for families to do the weekly shop. For all the reasuring words from Mr Petar, Tesco will not be satisfied until they put Perry's and Taylor's out of business and they then have the monopoly in our village, they will undercut at every opportunity even down to newspaper prices. PLUS they are also putting our local Post Office at risk, for if Perry's goes . . then they will go. I appreciate that The Squirrel has had a bad few years, but this cannot be the way forward for the village. Saintinexile
  • Score: 20

11:02pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SOS lad says...

If Londis have overwhelming support then they should not have anything to worry about, I do like what Mr Perry has done to his shop, but a bit of competition won't do any harm, after all he does have the Postal Office to keep footfall into his store.
If Londis have overwhelming support then they should not have anything to worry about, I do like what Mr Perry has done to his shop, but a bit of competition won't do any harm, after all he does have the Postal Office to keep footfall into his store. SOS lad
  • Score: -1

8:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

hatersgonhate says...

Anyone with any amount of common sense will understand why the Tesco is a good idea and will help boost the local economy. They state 20 jobs will be created, which is more than both Taylors and Londis employ combined.

Londis are ridiculously over priced, offers are limited and the selection of goods is fairly poor. There is also more than ample car parking at the squirrel which there is not at Londis.

Having a large corporate supermarket will benefit us, the consumer massively, by offering us a range of products at cheap prices. I highly doubt any local residents will actually boycott this store once it has opened.

Residents are scared of change, typical small minded, illogical Stourport mentality. Get over yourself, embrace the change and go and petition something worth while.

I am an Areley Kings resident and have been for many years, and I often wish there was a reasonably priced shop to pick up odd bits, without having to drive into town. This is an excellent idea an I openly welcome the store.
Anyone with any amount of common sense will understand why the Tesco is a good idea and will help boost the local economy. They state 20 jobs will be created, which is more than both Taylors and Londis employ combined. Londis are ridiculously over priced, offers are limited and the selection of goods is fairly poor. There is also more than ample car parking at the squirrel which there is not at Londis. Having a large corporate supermarket will benefit us, the consumer massively, by offering us a range of products at cheap prices. I highly doubt any local residents will actually boycott this store once it has opened. Residents are scared of change, typical small minded, illogical Stourport mentality. Get over yourself, embrace the change and go and petition something worth while. I am an Areley Kings resident and have been for many years, and I often wish there was a reasonably priced shop to pick up odd bits, without having to drive into town. This is an excellent idea an I openly welcome the store. hatersgonhate
  • Score: -10

12:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Wagtail59 says...

Tesco express cheaper?, may depend on what you buy.

As a generalisation, in the immediate locality, people might be against. The further out you go the less committed folk are. Depends on how disruptive or beneficial the proposal will be to you. The moral perspective of what is the right thing to do is a different kettle of fish altogether.
Tesco express cheaper?, may depend on what you buy. As a generalisation, in the immediate locality, people might be against. The further out you go the less committed folk are. Depends on how disruptive or beneficial the proposal will be to you. The moral perspective of what is the right thing to do is a different kettle of fish altogether. Wagtail59
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bcfc1186 says...

Surely if the residents of Arley Kings are so against a Tesco, then Tesco would be forced to shut after 6 months because there would be no trade?

As ever, the proof is in the pudding. If the Tesco won't benefit the locals then surely they won't use it? If they don't use it is closes down. Simple isn't it?

Jumping on the back of national corporations is the latest bangwaggon - I guarentee that at least half of the people expressing concern will use it at some point.

It you really think it is such a grotesque idea, let it open and vote with your feet, money talks.
Surely if the residents of Arley Kings are so against a Tesco, then Tesco would be forced to shut after 6 months because there would be no trade? As ever, the proof is in the pudding. If the Tesco won't benefit the locals then surely they won't use it? If they don't use it is closes down. Simple isn't it? Jumping on the back of national corporations is the latest bangwaggon - I guarentee that at least half of the people expressing concern will use it at some point. It you really think it is such a grotesque idea, let it open and vote with your feet, money talks. Bcfc1186
  • Score: -2

1:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bcfc1186 says...

I must say that a particular highlight of these comments is that traffic would increase '10 fold'!!!

Really? People flocking from all over the district, may be even the country, to visit a Tesco Express in Areley Kings?

Surely if the Londis is so adequate, it would create no extra traffic other than a few deliveries each morning?

Along with the 'TESCO WILL TRY TO MAKE A PROFIT!' tirade, it's given me something to giggle about over my lunch!
I must say that a particular highlight of these comments is that traffic would increase '10 fold'!!! Really? People flocking from all over the district, may be even the country, to visit a Tesco Express in Areley Kings? Surely if the Londis is so adequate, it would create no extra traffic other than a few deliveries each morning? Along with the 'TESCO WILL TRY TO MAKE A PROFIT!' tirade, it's given me something to giggle about over my lunch! Bcfc1186
  • Score: -4

1:55pm Fri 7 Mar 14

jon cooper says...

... Traffic is already horrendous through Areley Common as most of the main road is cut into one lane through on-road parking. The access onto the road is already questionable with the current Londis store, so an additional store right smack bang next to it won't particularly alleviate the issues, and as much as Tesco has helped the traffic issues in Stourport town centre itself, they certainly don't have the scope to improve the situation in Areley Kings.

"Residents are scared of change, typical small minded, illogical Stourport mentality" ... Well as a Stourport resident, i'm actually looking forward to the Tesco store hitting Severn Road in the not too distant future. If Tesco wished to locate an 'Express' in Areley Kings', then I wouldn't have a problem with that either; it's purely down to it's proposed location. I don't live on Areley Common, but I do understand the 'logical' reasons why local residents are so concerned.
... Traffic is already horrendous through Areley Common as most of the main road is cut into one lane through on-road parking. The access onto the road is already questionable with the current Londis store, so an additional store right smack bang next to it won't particularly alleviate the issues, and as much as Tesco has helped the traffic issues in Stourport town centre itself, they certainly don't have the scope to improve the situation in Areley Kings. "Residents are scared of change, typical small minded, illogical Stourport mentality" ... Well as a Stourport resident, i'm actually looking forward to the Tesco store hitting Severn Road in the not too distant future. If Tesco wished to locate an 'Express' in Areley Kings', then I wouldn't have a problem with that either; it's purely down to it's proposed location. I don't live on Areley Common, but I do understand the 'logical' reasons why local residents are so concerned. jon cooper
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Stephen Brown says...

Tesco exist to make a profit and drive out competition, that is why they have been 'successful' in their business model. It's not about tirades or any other highly emotive words, it is an economic fact.

Whatever 'job' benefits are claimed it comes at the price of the loss of the local supply chain (wholesalers/farmers
/suppliers etc) and other local jobs and so to the local economy ultimately - especially as Tesco is a multinational company whose profits will not end up circulating within our local economy or community.

Of course, we should be supporting local business and those that invest and employ local people and use local produce, but nothing is as simple as that despite some comments trying to make out it is - it will be difficult for most people to resist Tesco and what it offers even if they do not really want it on their doorstep. It is why Tesco is 'successful' but it comes at a price. It is a predator chain and they are not the only one at it.

As for Severn Road Tesco in Stourport, no thanks, my views have not changed. It is not needed, we have enough supermarkets here already.
Tesco exist to make a profit and drive out competition, that is why they have been 'successful' in their business model. It's not about tirades or any other highly emotive words, it is an economic fact. Whatever 'job' benefits are claimed it comes at the price of the loss of the local supply chain (wholesalers/farmers /suppliers etc) and other local jobs and so to the local economy ultimately - especially as Tesco is a multinational company whose profits will not end up circulating within our local economy or community. Of course, we should be supporting local business and those that invest and employ local people and use local produce, but nothing is as simple as that despite some comments trying to make out it is - it will be difficult for most people to resist Tesco and what it offers even if they do not really want it on their doorstep. It is why Tesco is 'successful' but it comes at a price. It is a predator chain and they are not the only one at it. As for Severn Road Tesco in Stourport, no thanks, my views have not changed. It is not needed, we have enough supermarkets here already. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 11

5:53pm Sun 9 Mar 14

MR A ROWLES says...

Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices .
Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices . MR A ROWLES
  • Score: -2

8:13pm Sun 9 Mar 14

SamfromStourport says...

MR A ROWLES wrote:
Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices .
Have you not heard of economy of scale?
[quote][p][bold]MR A ROWLES[/bold] wrote: Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices .[/p][/quote]Have you not heard of economy of scale? SamfromStourport
  • Score: -5

2:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

SamfromStourport wrote:
MR A ROWLES wrote:
Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices .
Have you not heard of economy of scale?
then londis should try and get it cheaper, and be a bit more competitive, i personly dont like londis, i would rather walk to the walshes shop, but thats just me cant wait for tesco to come it will be somthing new for a change
[quote][p][bold]SamfromStourport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR A ROWLES[/bold] wrote: Just bought milk in tesco £1 , price in LONDIS , in Arley Kings £1.33 . With the currant economic situation who can afford for tesco not to come . Unless LONDIS get real with there prices .[/p][/quote]Have you not heard of economy of scale?[/p][/quote]then londis should try and get it cheaper, and be a bit more competitive, i personly dont like londis, i would rather walk to the walshes shop, but thats just me cant wait for tesco to come it will be somthing new for a change gypsyman1
  • Score: 0

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