Business as usual

PUBLISHED: 12:50 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010

SOMERFIELD in Honiton has quashed rumours that it is selling up to be replaced by Sainsbury's.

SOMERFIELD in Honiton has quashed rumours that it is selling up - to be replaced by Sainsbury's.A spokesman for the store in the High Street said there were no plans to sell. She said: "It's business as usual."Sainsbury's agreed it was only rumours but admitted things could change.A spokesman said: "It's just a rumour and we don't comment on any rumour or speculation, which is what these are at the moment. But things do change. If there's anything different, we will make an announcement."Honiton Chamber of Commerce secretary Margaret Lewis said such rumours of a take-over had been circulating in the town for 20 years.She said: "I'll believe it when I see it. It will be interesting to see what happens. If there were a Sainsbury's, I think it would be good for the town."Councillor Roger Boote said he first heard the rumours two weeks ago but did not believe there was much substance to them.He said: "I haven't seen any plans and there have been no applications as far as I know, so there's nothing we can really say. "Somerfield has provided a good service but if they decide to sell out there's nothing we can do about it.

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