Lyme residents threaten to boycott new Tesco

PUBLISHED: 10:32 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:29 15 June 2010

PEOPLE in Lyme Regis are threatening to boycott Tesco when the supermarket giant takes over premises currently occupied by Woolworths.

PEOPLE in Lyme Regis are threatening to boycott Tesco when the supermarket giant takes over premises currently occupied by Woolworths.As residents flocked to Woolworths for its closing down sale on Thursday (October 16), Sally Wild made the remarks while waiting in the queue. She said: "It's going to kill the town. We're all going to boycott Tesco on the back of it."Having a Tesco might have been nice years ago, but now it's going to put all food stores out of business and some have just changed hands unwittingly. Is Tesco taking over the world? Possibly. It really is a big shame."They don't realise that tourists come to Lyme Regis for its old feel, back in the 50s. We're losing our characteristic shops."While other residents may not have voiced support for a boycott, they did echo her dissatisfaction at a Tesco store in town - and sadness over the loss of a familiar shop, whic occupies the largest retail site in Broad Street. Michael Brownhill said: "It's terrible. Tesco is going to take over the world. It's sad that Woolworths is going - it's been around so long; it was a British institution."His wife Brenda and assistant harbour master Mike Higgs were concerned about what would happen to Woolworths sataff once the shop shuts later this month."I think the people to feel sorry for is the staff who have been there for a long time. Hopefully, Tesco will give them back their jobs," said Mr HiggsHe was also of the opinion that other traders would lose business with a Tesco store in town.He said: "The other shops will suffer. But Tesco has got more money than the people of Lyme Regis, so I think Tesco is the winners in the end. As they say 'you shop, and Lyme Regis drops.'"John Leeming of Colway Lane, who had been waiting to get into Woolworths for its closing down sale, said: "It's awful. Not so much that Woolworths is closing but what will be put in there instead. Lyme Regis doesn't need Tesco - the coop satisfies us."On the bright side, he was hoping to take advantage of the sale and do his Christmas shopping. He said he had only been waiting a few minutes to get in, but that there had been massive queues earlier in the day.Other residents not only welcomed the Woolworths sale, but the supermarket giants trading in the town. Feeling competition would benefit the town and shoppers, some a Tesco store could only be a good thing.Skipper Ron Bailey believed it would help bring prices down in the town and John King felt it would make supermarket shopping more accessible.Mr King said: "I think it will be healthy for the town. It will bring a change. Old people will won't have to travel to Axminster anymore as they'll be a Tesco in town. Yet others questioned whether residents were just against change. Daulcie Staples said people were not in favour of Woolworths back in 1964. She said "Back then they said Woolworths was going to spoil Lyme.


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