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Tesco plan for garden centre site

Tesco flyer
The plans are on show at the Horizons Community Centre

Plans for a new Tesco store on the site of the former Hurrans Garden Centre in Churchdown, Gloucestershire, are to go on show.

The supermarket is holding a series of public exhibitions to gauge people's opinions on the plans.

John Cripps from the Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce believes a new supermarket would, on balance, be good.

"Tesco makes an impact where ever it goes, not always good for local traders but good for the shopper," he said.

"They are going out to consultation, which I commend, but we don't know the size or shape of the store yet."

'Damaging effect'

But Adele Foster, who works in a nearby newsagent, said she was not pleased about the plan.

"I imagine it will affect all businesses especially the two nearby Co-ops nearby and us," she said.

"We sell cigarettes and things. [Tesco] can price-cut us more than what we would be able to do.

"I think it will have quite a damaging effect. I don't think it's a good idea - it's unfair on the other companies."

The plans are on show at the Horizons Community Centre on Thursday and Friday.



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