Shops in town were 'damaged'

PUBLISHED: 09:48 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010

ASHLEIGH Road resident Tony Simpson told the hearing that it was wrong to state the existing Tesco store, in Battishorne Way, did not damage existing retailers in Honiton when it opened.

ASHLEIGH Road resident Tony Simpson told the hearing that it was wrong to state the existing Tesco store, in Battishorne Way, did not damage existing retailers in Honiton when it opened."I find a number were damaged, including Co-op which suffered much-reduced trading."He said a retail impact assessment, submitted by Tesco, was "far from convincing", in respect of retailers in Lace Walk. He drew attention to an estimate that Co-op could suffer a £520,000 "diversion", while Marks and Spencer's Simply Food outlet could lose £490,000 in business.Mr Simpson pointed out no figure had been put forward for Woolworths, which he claimed is nationally facing pressure from other retailers trading toys, clothes, audio equipment and DVDs.l Those opposed to Tesco's relocation plan described the supermarket's representative at the hearing, David Elvin QC, as a top-notch barrister who truly cut the "mustard".They likened his performance at the hearing to "Chelsea playing Honiton Reserves".


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