Not opposed to Lyme Tesco

PUBLISHED: 09:39 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

I do not see any good reason to protest against Tesco opening in Lyme Regis. Speaking as a local resident, I can only see a net benefit to the town. Tesco brings good quality produce at low prices, and this is exactly the reason why Tesco stores do take

I do not see any good reason to protest against Tesco opening in Lyme Regis. Speaking as a local resident, I can only see a net benefit to the town. Tesco brings good quality produce at low prices, and this is exactly the reason why Tesco stores do take trade away from local shops. The potential loss of a few traders is a small price to pay for making Lyme Regis better off by introducing the supply of quality products at lower prices - and why should we put the interests of a relatively small number of traders before a greater number of consumers in Lyme Regis? Another point is that traders are not powerless to act. Traders are free to compete with Tesco by, for example, selling top-end, premium quality goods distinguished from those that Tesco sells. It is consumers themselves who vote with their feet and shop at places which offer them the best deal, and Lyme Regis residents will keep shopping at existing shops so long as they offer better products than Tesco. Lyme Regis traders should embrace the competition from Tesco and see this as an opportunity to advance their businesses through innovation. Nicholas Newman Uplyme

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