A Harrod's for Seaton?

PUBLISHED: 01:01 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

Has anyone else heard the rumour that Harrod's is coming to Seaton? First Tesco, then Sainsbury's, then, I suppose, John Lewis, followed by a branch of the Ritz Hotel. Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton had better look to their laurels, or Seaton will bec

Has anyone else heard the rumour that Harrod's is coming to Seaton? First Tesco, then Sainsbury's, then, I suppose, John Lewis, followed by a branch of the Ritz Hotel. Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton had better look to their laurels, or Seaton will become the IN place to live. I also wonder if the Olympic committee will consider the old holiday camp (sorry, village) as a training ground for athletes? With its swimming pool and gymnasium, it would be perfect. Of course, it would inconvenience we residents, who use it so much, but we have Mr Semple to fight our corner. What a field day he would have. We could have a space station on the cliff gardens - anything would do, except Tesco. I have seen many changes in Seaton in over 30 years, all of them for the better. The shops have changed, of course they have, and the town has grown with a much nicer sea front, and pedestrianised streets. The gardens are a credit, we win Britain in Bloom, we may get a nice hotel, or even two. Most of us feel privileged to live here and welcome a good supermarket, whatever it is. What an insult to our local shopkeepers who try so hard to make their shops look attractive, to imply that they are in sad decline. At election time, I vote for councillors to represent my interest in the town and trust their judgement. I have no time for committees formed against this and that. So Mr Semple will not be meeting me there. Perhaps he could move to Exmouth or Honiton and ask how they manage to survive with a Tesco in their midst? I do not know where Mr Semple came from, but surely his former place of residence must be missing him sorely? I wonder what horrors have sprung up since he left? Perhaps he could find the address of the former owners of the camp and ask them to give back the enormous sum they must have got for their albatross and go back to losing money on it as they told us in a letter to this paper some time ago. I have shopped in Tesco for 50 years and am none the worse for it, and recently saw in their Axminster shop a former campaigner against them in that town. Mrs A Jones Seaton


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