Tesco in Budleigh?

PUBLISHED: 02:01 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

I am writing on behalf of the Budleigh Salterton & District Chamber of Commerce in response to rumours and comments in The Journal that a Tesco Express outlet is to be established in the town. The executive of the Chamber of Commerce has discussed the m

I am writing on behalf of the Budleigh Salterton & District Chamber of Commerce in response to rumours and comments in The Journal that a Tesco Express outlet is to be established in the town.The executive of the Chamber of Commerce has discussed the matter and has asked me to make the position clear on behalf of our members. The traders in the town are, naturally, totally opposed to Tesco coming to Budleigh. We already have a Spar, privately owned, two florists, two bakers, a butcher, a fishmonger and a greengrocer. We also have a bright new Co-op store. There is absolutely no demand for another convenience store/mini supermarket.Tesco has a reputation for utilising loss leaders with their massive buying power, thereby damaging local competition who simply cannot compete. We already have a large Tesco just five minutes away in Exmouth should any resident be determined to support a national rather than a local organisation. Budleigh Salterton is unique, and will certainly not be enhanced by another mini-superstore.The Budleigh Salterton & District Chamber of Commerce is strongly supportive of the sustainable development of the town whilst maintaining its present vibrant business community, without Tesco. Alan Tilbury,chairman.


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