Views on the arrival of a Tesco Express store

I’ve been googling like crazy on Tesco Express stores. Opinion is neatly divided into those appreciating the basic commodities available at low prices, to those who see it as heralding a loss of commercial diversity in small village shopping areas. If you’re interested in reading opposing views, here’s a wide selection:

I’ve more conclusions about the imminent arrival of Tesco Express in Lightwater, from my earlier posts HERE and HERE. Firstly, a couple of years ago we eradicated the anti-social behaviour the village centre, resulting from the late-night opening of Alldays convenience store. The danger is that this will return with a Tesco Express open from 7.0am to 11.0pm Monday to Sunday throughout the year, including Bank Holidays.

Secondly, the parking provision in many Tesco Express stores is a great deal bigger than the eight planned for Lightwater. Lastly, the shop should be protected from being ram-raided, as has happened in Lightwater on all too many occasions.

17 thoughts on “Views on the arrival of a Tesco Express store

  1. AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE SITE OF HOMECARE..SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES HOWEVER, IT IS UNDER AN ANOMYMOUS COMPANY.

    • IF YOU GO ONTO SURREY HEATH WEBSITE UNDER PLANNIG .CASE NO.11/0104.
      IT IS ALL THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE.ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO OBJECTED TO THIS MONSTER OF AN IDEA.ONCE TESCOS HAVE THERE GRIP ON OUR VILLAGE,IT WILL BE THE END OF BUDGENS,BARCLAYS,GEORGES,AND THE BUTCHERS,LEAVING ONLY ONE OUTCOME,(CHEAP,FLATPACK HOUSING
      GUILDFORD RD IS ALREADY A RAT RUN FOR PASSING TRAFFIC AT GREAT SPEED.
      DO WE REALY NEED MORE CARS..NO!
      I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO TESCOS THEMSELFS,BUT WHY WOULD THERE NOT BUY INTO BUDGENS.THE SPACE IS THERE AND SO IS DEMAND.THERE IS NO ROOM FOR 2 SUPERMARKETS.THIS IS THE WRONG PLACE FOR A TESCOS AND WOULD ONLY BRING IN MORE POEPLE TO AN ALREADY BUSY AND FAST RD.NOT TO MENTION THE DOWNHILL OF OUR VILLAGE..OBJECT OBJECT OBJECT!

      • Only having found this website, I have left a couple of comments being pro to Tescos, Fantastic! I hate shopping in Budgens for their out of date food and stale bread! Budgens is scared of the competition. What Lightwater needs are less estate agents and more shops ! Boot out the estates agents and bring in more choice for the consumer. This doesn’t affect anyone apart from Duffy’s pocket !

  2. Simon – do you know who is organising the local petition ? I would gladly sign and agree with you completely.

  3. I did my own digging and spoke with both Surrey Heath Council and Tesco

    Waiting on callback from Surrey Heath Council but I was advised that the application concerns a ‘hot food outlet’ (take away)

    Spoke with Tesco CS and they had no info on a development in Lightwater but gave me a number at head office to call 01992 632222, it just rang and rang…

    • tried to call again and HQ eventually answered, a few questions “are you a business or consumer” i answered consumer

      was then diverted back to CS

      promised a call back with info in 48 hrsperhaps worth a call to head office to call 01992 632222 and tell them it is an enquiry about new tesco express in lightwater … from a business perspective

  4. now viewed all the planning documents and emails

    in my opinion it won’t be a Tesco Express as the building type with flats above is not typical

    perhaps this is just a smokescreen though and once planning granted new plans can be made

  5. We are all for a Tesco express in Lightwater, Budgen/Duffys and the very expensive George Arthur butchers could do with a bit of competition, they’ve had it all their own way far too long. Tesco would provide extra jobs in the village too. With luck it would also do away with that ridiculous and dangerous “traffic calming ” island outside Homecare, which forces us all to drive into oncoming traffic.There is no ‘rat-run’ thro’ the village since the by-pass was built.

  6. I agree with S & H Powley. Tesco would Benefit Lightwater and the people who live and work there.

    Alot of people are objecting to Loading issues and Tesco trucks blocking the roads but all you need to do is sit in the car park at budgens and see how much chaos there is when a Budgens artic lorry turns up blocking the whole road for the customers and the offices located in the area. I think Budgens are just scared of the competition.

    I also can’t see how barclays would be affected by Tesco as i can’t ever remember seeing Tesco having their own bank in stores apart from a cash point.

    Tesco shouldn’t be made out to be the big bad wolf here! I remember there used to be a lovely little cafe in lightwater before Budgens opened their hot food counter! All these supermarket chains are just as bad as each other!

    I personally would welcome Tesco to the village!

  7. I would welcome tesco express into the village also. The objections are not convincing, I think Budgens are afraid of the compeition as at the moment their prices are very expensive. Pensioners who have no choice end up paying £1.48+ for a standard loaf of bread. Monopoly is not a good thing.

    I am sure that a counter petition in favour of Tesco were started it would match any objections as I even know some shop keepers agree but don,t wish to go against the lba!

  8. Final Comment

    Thank you to all those who raised the petition and those who business interests were against tesco.

    We now have no competition in Lightwater and prices are rocketing. A loaf of Hovis basic bread in Budgeons is now £ 1.54 and rising. I used to do a fair amount of shopping in Budgeons but only go there in an emergency now as cannot afford their prices.

  9. there’s plenty of competition locally – just count the number & frequency of TESCO/SAINSBURY/OCADO et al Delivery trucks running round the area.

    So, altho you cant ‘Stop me and buy one’ as such, you can get the benefit of their pricing ….

    What we need is some competition for the food outlets – cant believe that you cant get Fish & Chips for under a fiver anymore locally!

  10. Interesting raft of Attachments to that Application. Supporting Docs going back to 1959, and one reveals that prior to #89 & #91 being ‘merged’,in the 60′s, #89 was in fact a ‘SPAR’ convenience Store …

    This summary shows that the Applicant seeks to prove that it is lawful to progress Tesco’s application …. certainly done their homework !

    https://www.public.surreyheath-online.gov.uk/whalecom60b1ef305f59f921/whalecom0/Scripts/DocsOnLine/79338_2.pdf

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