It's a superstore - not supermarket

PUBLISHED: 15:32 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

Please don t believe for one second that ASDA want to come to town for the reason that Exmouth needs another supermarket . They want to come so they can make money, as much as possible, and do not care who they tread on to achieve that aim the list of

Please don't believe for one second that ASDA want to come to town for the reason that 'Exmouth needs another supermarket'. They want to come so they can make money, as much as possible, and do not care who they tread on to achieve that aim - the list of businesses likely to disappear is many and varied. They are not proposing to come as a magnanimous gesture. People talk about 'linked shopping', where those using ASDA would also visit the town centre. However, once the library, swimming pool and leisure centre, visitors' centre, retail units and cafe, plus ASDA, are constructed, they would constitute the new town centre - the existing town centre would die. There are rumours that the main post office would also be located there.It is agreed the town does need another supermarket (not on the estuary site) but calling the proposed ASDA a 'small store' (A Johnson, Journal, September 18) is incorrect and misleading - it is, by definition, a superstore (more than 25,000 sq ft retail area. The proposal for an ASDA of 40,000 sq ft even puts it into the superstore category in America)..Please do not lose sight of the fact that the ground area of ASDA will be 75,000 sq ft (no matter whether it 'is located within the other development'), in addition to the other proposed developments. Would the Journal, the editor of which appears to support the plan, please stop calling it a 'supermarket' - it is a 'superstore'!ASDA obviously intend their construction be put up as cheaply as possible - a 10-year-old could have come up with a more imaginative design. The design is boxy, has no style and is reminiscent of 1960s' shopping centres - and they have not withstood the test of time. The leisure centre has all the appearance of a warehouse. What happened to Hugo Swire's requirement for an imaginative design that reflects the marine location of the store? How the 'Champion for Exmouth' believes 'The design looks stunning' totally amazes me.The fact that the Regeneration Programme Board chairman, Peter Halse, is a councillor from Honiton (where he opposed the move of a Tesco into town there) makes me wonder if he really has the best interests of Exmouth at heart.In response to Christine Goodall (Journal, September 18): you are right - the amusement arcade, KFC, and fish and chip shop are an eyesore; I suggest that it was the same council which permitted these to be there that is now fully behind the proposed ASDA. If the council could not get things right previously, why should we believe they are right about ASDA? I understand they have also given approval for the 'dirty, derelict shop' to become a take-away!If you oppose the location of the superstore, you can register your objection on the Government website at:http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/saveourshoreline Howard Samuel,9 Lawn Road, Exmouth.

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