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Hadleigh: A new Tesco store could kill off Co-op and independent stores, report claims

08:00 09 February 2013

The planned Hadleigh Tesco store

The planned Hadleigh Tesco store


IF a Tesco superstore is built in Hadleigh, it could force the town’s Co-op supermarket and two small convenience stores to close, according to a new report.


The retail critique, commissioned by Babergh District Council in relation to an application by Tesco to build on the former Brett Works site, estimates that the recently-opened Morrisons supermarket combined with a new Tesco store would divert £3.68million worth of trade from the Co-op.

In their report published on Babergh’s website, consultants Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners also state that even if these shops were to close leaving Morrisons and Tesco, convenience goods trade in Hadleigh would be “significantly higher” than it is at present. But the document also says there is “limited scope” for two new large food stores in Hadleigh. The council has given objectors until February 14 to respond to the report.

Babergh’s Green Party co-ordinator, Robert Lindsay, who has filed an objection said: “Having three boarded-up, empty shops on the High Street including the Co-op would be a disaster for the town. New tenants would be hard to find and the shops could remain empty for months.”

Co-op executive Amanda Long said they had traded from the Hadleigh site for around 115 years. She added: “This report was compiled before Morrisons opened, and from speaking to other shops in the town, many are already seeing local trade suffer. Some have told us they could be around 30% down. We have real concerns about the vitality and viability of the high street in Hadleigh if another large store opens.”

A Tesco spokesman defended the report findings and described the application as “popular”. He said: “The council’s independent report demonstrated there would be no adverse impact on independent traders. Our proposed store will create jobs for local people and we will offer customers additional choice.”



  • Maybe if the over priced indpendent stores lowered their prices rather then creaming off dirty profits they would retain peoples loyalty. Why pay 90p for a can of coke in these shops if you can buy it for 55p in Tesco ? You would not spend 2k on a family holiday if you can buy the same one for 1k. Its pure economics

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    the opinion man

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Tescos make me laugh they wont be offering more jobs... Just new ones as others would be lost...The people of hadleigh have enough choice already co-op or morrisons or online shopping.. Why on earth a small town like hadleigh would need 3 large supermarkets is beyond me its plainly obvious one would close along with smaller shops and that would not be very sensible to let happen.

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    John Smith

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • when will local planners finally wake up to the stark fact that large Tesco (other supermarkets are also available!) stores KILL the centres of our lovely market towns. I think the historic centres of our towns deserve more than charity shops, betting shops, and take aways. Please don't believe Tesco propaganda about bringing jobs.

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    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • So why is the Coop not able to look after itself.If there is over £3.6 million in trade just at the Coop then a little competition is needed. The Coop needs a kick in rear anyhow.

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    John W

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Change COULD to WOULD

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    Jacob Burns

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Killing off Co-ops and independent stores is exactly what Tesco's business plan entails. They con people into thinking they're cheap with loss-leaders (like the coke mentioned by "the opinion man", but most of what they sell is actually more expensive than you'd get in independent shops. And once they've killed off all the competition, they won't even need the loss-leaders...

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    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • People in Hadleigh are flocking to Morrisons - light, airy, modern, no long slow queues at the tills and lots more variety.Everything the Co-op is not. They have laid back on their laurels and shoppers have voted with their feet.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Re the opinion man, sadly it is all down to purchasing power. The small shop owner has to purchase from local merchants whereas the superstore will often dictate to the supplier what it will pay. The "reductions" in supermarkets are not just down to lower profits but because they tell the supplier to cut its supply price.

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