Look at existing store for growth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

So Tesco have been kicked into touch for the third time. Hasn't the UK's largest retailer got the message yet - we don't want them with a superstore 300 metres from Honiton High Street? If they want more room, look at their existing site again and see how

So Tesco have been kicked into touch for the third time. Hasn't the UK's largest retailer got the message yet - we don't want them with a superstore 300 metres from Honiton High Street? If they want more room, look at their existing site again and see how they can extend the store there, perhaps using the petrol station area or maybe even considering a partial second level to sell all those other things they want to increase their profit.Their town centre plan is dead! At least I hope so. The arrogance Tesco team showed at the Knowle hearing leaves a worry they might ignore the carefully worded "No" from the inspector and move on to Brussels with an appeal to some committee, where they haven't heard of Devon let alone Honiton.The inspector, who spent six days listening to the arguments for and against, has now spelt out why a TescoExtra store with parking for 500 cars would be inappropriate. It would cause major traffic problems for vehicles entering and leaving Otttery Moor Lane, hit trade of the shops in the town centre and worry those who use the Mountbatten sports area and the church if a steady flow of cars passed them. Change the whole area.So let's enjoy the news. A Premiership club has been beaten by a team from the East Devon District League. Perhaps the inspector was a football follower and, as he considered our own giants v minnows match, he heard top teams were on the wrong end of shocks in the third round of the FA Cup.Whether you were strongly against the new store in Ottery Moor Lane, couldn't care one way of the other, or actually wanted the kudos of Honiton having the largest supermarket site in the region, you should now take pride in living in a town which few others in England have done -- stopping Tesco getting their way.Lots of supermarkets use the slogan 'two for the price of one' so Tesco probably didn't worry when two hearings went against them, they could afford a third. I'm sure they expected a 'yes' was just a formality this time. Did they forget their own phrase "every little helps"? Tony SmithHoniton


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