Don't be so quick to judge

PUBLISHED: 14:16 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

Regarding Mr Draper's letter welcoming Tesco to Seaton (Letters, page 8 on January 9)... I fully appreciate why people generally welcome Tesco wherever they go, but I fail to understand why Mr Draper expects that other quality stores will want to locate n

Regarding Mr Draper's letter welcoming Tesco to Seaton (Letters, page 8 on January 9)...I fully appreciate why people generally welcome Tesco wherever they go, but I fail to understand why Mr Draper expects that other quality stores will want to locate near them.Tesco have correctly weighed up the great British public: they are suckers for cheap offers and they are too lazy to go to three shops if they can buy everything in one (even if they would prefer some of the goods on sale elsewhere).Tesco aim to be a one-stop shop, and, to judge from the size of the store they were planning within the Liatris scheme, they aim to scoop the pool in far more categories than food alone. So why would any other retailer wish to locate near them? Tesco customers, once they have loaded up, will simply want to get their frozen feast home to their freezer.It would be sad to lose the personal service and breadth of choice that we enjoy from Seaton's individual traders. Having moved from a location with three Tesco superstores within thee miles of each other, we were delighted to find a Tesco-free town. Let's not welcome or reject before we see what they actually propose.Hugh Barlow Wychall ParkSeaton

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