Cafe ste to close despite protests

A MUCH-USED supermarket café is to close, despite protests from the local town council.The coffee shop at the Tesco store in Kesgrave is a popular spot for shoppers to enjoy a quick drink after their weekly spend.

A MUCH-USED supermarket café is to close, despite protests from the local town council.

The coffee shop at the Tesco store in Kesgrave is a popular spot for shoppers to enjoy a quick drink after their weekly spend. It is also used by the town's older residents as a place for them to meet friends, without having to travel too far from their homes.

Kesgrave town council is strongly opposed to the plans.

Clerk Veronica Read said: "I have spoken to the store manager and written to him, and I intend to take the matter up with senior officials within the company.


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"The Tesco café in Rupert Fison Square is a popular meeting place for many residents and there is nothing else like it within the town.

"I know of several elderly people who are too weak to walk round the store so they sit in the café and have a drink while they wait for their partner to do the shopping. The closure of the café will be a big blow to them.

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"We are also concerned about what will happen to the toilets if the café closes, as they are, essentially, the only public toilets in the town."

Because the changes to the store are all internal, planning permission is not needed, and work is due to begin in the early part of next year.

A Tesco spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm exactly when the work would begin.

She said that the changes were designed to improve the shopping experience within the store and had been decided upon following consultation with customers: "We had questionnaires in the store for customers to give their views on what they would like to see done. The overwhelming feedback told us that they wanted a customer service desk and would like the doorway to be less congested."

Currently the kiosk used to sell lottery tickets and tobacco products is situated right by the door, which often leads to queues of people blocking the entrance. The new plans would see the kiosk move to the area which is currently occupied by the café.

The spokeswoman was unable to say whether the toilets would be retained.

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