Loss of Tesco a 'huge blow'

Basingstoke Gazette: Loss of Tesco a 'huge blow' Loss of Tesco a 'huge blow'

ANDOVER Town Centre has suffered a body blow after Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco announced it was pulling out of the Metro site it has occupied for decades on 30 June.

While politicians lamented the loss those who use the supermarket regularly say they are shocked and upset.

One of the supermarket’s younger shoppers Jack Phillips, said he used the store every day and that it was convenient for a lot of people, especially lunchtime shoppers.

Businessman Ali Bilgic said: “It is a shame – we really need the town centre a bit livelier.”

Resident Grenville Freeman said the store was convenient and he liked the staff.

A Tesco spokeswoman said: “Closing the store was a difficult decision and our priority is to do everything we can to find alternative roles within Tesco for as many affected colleagues as possible.

“We’ll continue to serve customers in Andover from our Extra on River Way and through our online grocery shopping service.”

Read the full story in today's paper.

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8:07pm Fri 21 Mar 14

rh says...

how can a Tesco store closing be a blow? There Is still another supermarket in the chantry. A supermarket that does not pass horse off as beef ,they don't have fake special offers, they treat customers with dignity and respect. They put meat in their pies and better still they cost the same as the Tesco thieves. RIP Tesco may many more of your vile stores close and protect the public from you criminal ways
how can a Tesco store closing be a blow? There Is still another supermarket in the chantry. A supermarket that does not pass horse off as beef ,they don't have fake special offers, they treat customers with dignity and respect. They put meat in their pies and better still they cost the same as the Tesco thieves. RIP Tesco may many more of your vile stores close and protect the public from you criminal ways rh
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5:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

MartinB10 says...

I don't use Tesco, I don't like how greedy and unethical they have become. It's a shame they are leaving the chantry Centre, more for the disabled and elderly and those that don't drive as this store is easy to get to and centrally based. It's typical of Tesco's arrogance to insist that their customers use the out of town store. What if you don't drive? We still have a wonderful Waitrose, Sainsburys, ASDA and others in our town centre. Perhaps instead of being negative about this lets all think of the possibilities of a new store, perhaps a badly needed department store, this is an excellent opportunity to make the town centre better. It's up to the Chantry Centre owners now to get moving on this and encourage a new tenant ASAP!
I don't use Tesco, I don't like how greedy and unethical they have become. It's a shame they are leaving the chantry Centre, more for the disabled and elderly and those that don't drive as this store is easy to get to and centrally based. It's typical of Tesco's arrogance to insist that their customers use the out of town store. What if you don't drive? We still have a wonderful Waitrose, Sainsburys, ASDA and others in our town centre. Perhaps instead of being negative about this lets all think of the possibilities of a new store, perhaps a badly needed department store, this is an excellent opportunity to make the town centre better. It's up to the Chantry Centre owners now to get moving on this and encourage a new tenant ASAP! MartinB10
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