Shopkeeper fears for future with plans for new Tesco supermarket

Harrow Times: Shopkeeper fears for future with plans for new supermarket Shopkeeper fears for future with plans for new supermarket

A shopkeeper has launched a campaign against a new express supermarket which he fears will kill off his business.

Prakash Gandhi, who runs the Canons Park Newsagents, in Station Parade, Whitchurch Lane has raised concerns over the possibility of a new Tesco supermarket opening.

He fears the new supermarket, which would take up two units in the parade, will severely affect his business.

He said: “We have been here for more than 30 years and if this Tesco was to come it would really hurt our trade.

“It will take business away from us and other small independent shops because people will be able to get everything in one place.

“We have been here for so long and we know all the local people and we provide a personal service.

“If it does come here then I don’t know what will happen to the business and we just don’t know if we will be able to survive.”

Suspicions were raised by traders when planning permission for changes to the site of the proposed store were submitted by a planning consultant firm known for dealing with Tesco applications.

Councillor Husain Akhtar, member for Cannons ward, said: “I have given my support to the traders in Station Parade as I think a new Tesco will hurt their trade.

“It would increase congestion and worsen parking issues around the area.”

No application has been submitted to the council for a new supermarket but a spokesman for Tesco said: “We are looking to open an Express store on Station Parade in Canons Park.

Our Express shops are really popular with customers because they offer a wide range of products in a convenient location.

“We know from experience that our stores give shoppers another reason to stay and shop locally rather than driving elsewhere and in many cases help other local businesses grow.”

He added 20 jobs would be created from a new store and any opening would be subject to planning application and consultation with the nearby community.

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12:04am Fri 10 Jan 14

rabbitz says...

More choice is not a bad thing who are they to say who can and cant open a shop?
More choice is not a bad thing who are they to say who can and cant open a shop? rabbitz
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10:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Roadstar says...

Another one.... How many do we have currently within the vicinity?

All small shops will soon disappear, and all we will see on our high streets and local areas, names flooded like Express, Local, Little, Metro.

I personally think the competition commission should open there eye into this. There should be a fair practice into how many stores a company can open within an area.
Another one.... How many do we have currently within the vicinity? All small shops will soon disappear, and all we will see on our high streets and local areas, names flooded like Express, Local, Little, Metro. I personally think the competition commission should open there eye into this. There should be a fair practice into how many stores a company can open within an area. Roadstar
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1:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Paologan says...

I fully support this campaign. Mr Gandhi has provided an exceptional service and been a great community member for many years. Tesco are a bunch of savages who don't care about anything but making a profit regardless of how many lives and businesses they ruin in the process. Please don't allow this to happen
I fully support this campaign. Mr Gandhi has provided an exceptional service and been a great community member for many years. Tesco are a bunch of savages who don't care about anything but making a profit regardless of how many lives and businesses they ruin in the process. Please don't allow this to happen Paologan
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