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Supermarket giant eyes new store in Lewes Road, Brighton

The Argus: Tesco want to open a store in this premises in Lewes Road, Brighton Tesco want to open a store in this premises in Lewes Road, Brighton

A supermarket giant has plans for a new store – four years after people power forced a similar project to be scrapped.

Tesco has applied for an alcohol licence for a potential new shop at 190-194 Lewes Road in Brighton, a site which includes former furniture discount store Furniture Hut.

Plans to redevelop a nearby community garden with housing and shops, including the supermarket, was the subject of a fervent resistance campaign in 2010.

Community protesters were eventually evicted from the former Esso garage following a yearlong campaign but the mooted Tesco Express store never materialised.


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Rival Morrisons opened a store on the site in December with strict licensing conditions preventing it from displaying alcohol at the front of the store or promoting drink deals. Now an application has been filed with Brighton and Hove City Council for a licence to sell alcohol at a nearby site from 8am until 11pm daily.

Residents are concerned about the proposed return of the supermarket to Lewes Road and that another shop selling alcohol could be opened on a 750-metre stretch which already has more than a dozen alcohol retailers.

Maureen Winder, chairwoman of the Triangle Community Group, said Lewes Road residents were becoming the victims of a battleground between supermarkets.

She said there would be a certain amount of displeasure with the news and there could still be resentment with Tesco.

She added: “Lewes Road was just beginning to get a better balance with cafes and smaller shops, barbers, computer shops and things that were making Lewes Road feel good again and now we have another licence application.”

Local Green councillor Bill Randall said: “There are more than enough places to get cheap booze in Lewes Road already and we don’t want any more.

It is a street that is already saturated and sozzled with booze outlets.”

Community garden cofounder Duncan Blinkhorn said: “I would be surprised if there was the same level of concern because there were particular circumstances having previously been the garden at that site.

“But there are general concerns about the impact on independent traders that we really value in the area and I think there is a need for big retail organisations to reassure people that they are not there to undermine these local independent retailers and businesses.”

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12:17pm Fri 11 Apr 14

christyw says...

You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open!
You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open! christyw
  • Score: 22

12:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

pwlr1966 says...

christyw wrote:
You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open!
You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close.
[quote][p][bold]christyw[/bold] wrote: You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open![/p][/quote]You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close. pwlr1966
  • Score: 10

1:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

qm says...

pwlr1966 wrote:
christyw wrote:
You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open!
You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close.
The purchasing power of the 'big supermarkets' guarantees the integrity of pwlr1966's post!
[quote][p][bold]pwlr1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]christyw[/bold] wrote: You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open![/p][/quote]You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close.[/p][/quote]The purchasing power of the 'big supermarkets' guarantees the integrity of pwlr1966's post! qm
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ThinkBrighton says...

The same old moans, forget the alcohol licence, it's another tick on the pile of forms that supermarkets have to process before they open.
The next super markets that open in Lewes road will put the bite on the other supermarkets that are already there, thus keeping the prices down.
The so called local stores the majority of them not being run by locals, that open all hours, charge stupid prices and worst of all will sell booze to anybody 9 or 90. This is what the local do gooders should be watching, because it's these people who are bringing thearea down, selling super strength beer and cheap rubbish wine.
At least most supermarkets have some responsability as to who they sell alcohol too. (There have been lapses but the council deal with them 10 times more severe than they would a "corner shop", so they do not repeat offend)
The same old moans, forget the alcohol licence, it's another tick on the pile of forms that supermarkets have to process before they open. The next super markets that open in Lewes road will put the bite on the other supermarkets that are already there, thus keeping the prices down. The so called local stores the majority of them not being run by locals, that open all hours, charge stupid prices and worst of all will sell booze to anybody 9 or 90. This is what the local do gooders should be watching, because it's these people who are bringing thearea down, selling super strength beer and cheap rubbish wine. At least most supermarkets have some responsability as to who they sell alcohol too. (There have been lapses but the council deal with them 10 times more severe than they would a "corner shop", so they do not repeat offend) ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 9

4:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

FC says...

You all moan, but you'll all use it.

You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy
You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy

So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more?
You all moan, but you'll all use it. You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more? FC
  • Score: 12

6:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Fight_Back says...

As already pointed out, if you don't use a supermarket and enough people are of like mind it will close.

I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ? There is an implication from those objecting that the more stores that sell alcohol the more people will drink. Where is the data to back up this theory ? I'd suggest it's like an good - there is a finite demand and with more places selling it all that happens is that demand is spread between more suppliers.
As already pointed out, if you don't use a supermarket and enough people are of like mind it will close. I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ? There is an implication from those objecting that the more stores that sell alcohol the more people will drink. Where is the data to back up this theory ? I'd suggest it's like an good - there is a finite demand and with more places selling it all that happens is that demand is spread between more suppliers. Fight_Back
  • Score: 6

7:28pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

At least the chains keep their frontages tidy unlike many of the tatty, independent stores along this street with their hand painted signs and crap spilling onto the pavements.
At least the chains keep their frontages tidy unlike many of the tatty, independent stores along this street with their hand painted signs and crap spilling onto the pavements. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 10

11:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ttt121orig says...

Stop opening supermarkets EVERYWHERE! Its annoying as hell!

Look at western road near York Road in Hove, youve got a Co-Op and a sainsburys so close to each other they might aswell be nextdoor.
Stop opening supermarkets EVERYWHERE! Its annoying as hell! Look at western road near York Road in Hove, youve got a Co-Op and a sainsburys so close to each other they might aswell be nextdoor. ttt121orig
  • Score: 0

9:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

hammerfan says...

I would rather see small supermarkets then boarded up shops or charity outlets! A shop is a shop! The so called community garden was good while it lasted. But if it had still been there it would probably be full of syringes and empty bottles and cans! I object to supermarket chains taking over and closing viable pubs because the planning consent is easier.
I would rather see small supermarkets then boarded up shops or charity outlets! A shop is a shop! The so called community garden was good while it lasted. But if it had still been there it would probably be full of syringes and empty bottles and cans! I object to supermarket chains taking over and closing viable pubs because the planning consent is easier. hammerfan
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Sat 12 Apr 14

lewes road low life says...

Fight_Back wrote:
As already pointed out, if you don't use a supermarket and enough people are of like mind it will close.

I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ? There is an implication from those objecting that the more stores that sell alcohol the more people will drink. Where is the data to back up this theory ? I'd suggest it's like an good - there is a finite demand and with more places selling it all that happens is that demand is spread between more suppliers.
" I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ?"

Its proximity to the northern end of the level may give you some idea.
Ever seen how many street drinkers and down and outs congregate there during the day and on summer evenings ? granted it won't prevent this happening without an alcohol license but why add to the problem ?
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: As already pointed out, if you don't use a supermarket and enough people are of like mind it will close. I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ? There is an implication from those objecting that the more stores that sell alcohol the more people will drink. Where is the data to back up this theory ? I'd suggest it's like an good - there is a finite demand and with more places selling it all that happens is that demand is spread between more suppliers.[/p][/quote]" I'm puzzled why the objection to an alcohol license ?" Its proximity to the northern end of the level may give you some idea. Ever seen how many street drinkers and down and outs congregate there during the day and on summer evenings ? granted it won't prevent this happening without an alcohol license but why add to the problem ? lewes road low life
  • Score: 1

7:01pm Sat 12 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Not a fan of tesco myself but would love them to be there just to wipe that smug look off Lucas face.
Not a fan of tesco myself but would love them to be there just to wipe that smug look off Lucas face. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Sun 13 Apr 14

moveoveru says...

ttt121orig wrote:
Stop opening supermarkets EVERYWHERE! Its annoying as hell!

Look at western road near York Road in Hove, youve got a Co-Op and a sainsburys so close to each other they might aswell be nextdoor.
What?

Sainsburys is nowhere near the Co-Op on Western Road. The Co-Op in located at the middle of Western Road and Sainsburys is at the end, near Holland Road.

Are you living in the same city?

Tesco and Sainsbury are virtually opposite each other near the junction of Holland Road, but the Co-Op is pretty much on its own in the middle of Western Road - not near anyone. What a strange comment you made.
[quote][p][bold]ttt121orig[/bold] wrote: Stop opening supermarkets EVERYWHERE! Its annoying as hell! Look at western road near York Road in Hove, youve got a Co-Op and a sainsburys so close to each other they might aswell be nextdoor.[/p][/quote]What? Sainsburys is nowhere near the Co-Op on Western Road. The Co-Op in located at the middle of Western Road and Sainsburys is at the end, near Holland Road. Are you living in the same city? Tesco and Sainsbury are virtually opposite each other near the junction of Holland Road, but the Co-Op is pretty much on its own in the middle of Western Road - not near anyone. What a strange comment you made. moveoveru
  • Score: 2

5:03pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

FC wrote:
You all moan, but you'll all use it.

You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy
You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy

So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more?
YES this is much needed i like going in to both COOP and morrisons and seeing the tiny tiny price differences . milk priced at 1£ in both but then along to the 99p shop they got milk at ....... "99pence CHEAPER still Marks and sparks 89p

...
COMPETITION how ever fake is good for the customer and also if clean and tidy good for the area ..
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: You all moan, but you'll all use it. You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more?[/p][/quote]YES this is much needed i like going in to both COOP and morrisons and seeing the tiny tiny price differences . milk priced at 1£ in both but then along to the 99p shop they got milk at ....... "99pence CHEAPER still Marks and sparks 89p ... COMPETITION how ever fake is good for the customer and also if clean and tidy good for the area .. Mr chock
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Sun 13 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

FC wrote:
You all moan, but you'll all use it.

You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy
You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy

So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more?
Quite correct people use them so they cant complain,but the bigger supermarket chains in St james street don't really care about the local community,for example on pride day the smaller buisnesses give money to the street party but the large supermarkets all refuse to contribute even though they make the most money out of it.The large supermarkets also carry on selling bottled goods so they are also responsible for most of the broken glass.
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: You all moan, but you'll all use it. You whinged about the Sainsburys next to Sports Direct, but it's always busy You whinged about the Sainsburys on St James St, but it's always busy So they must be wanted and needed. If the Greens didn't tax small businesses out of existence, maybe we'd all shop local a little more?[/p][/quote]Quite correct people use them so they cant complain,but the bigger supermarket chains in St james street don't really care about the local community,for example on pride day the smaller buisnesses give money to the street party but the large supermarkets all refuse to contribute even though they make the most money out of it.The large supermarkets also carry on selling bottled goods so they are also responsible for most of the broken glass. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

8:06am Mon 14 Apr 14

Sir Prised says...

It's true that supermarket's buying power can force down prices but in that war, they are destroying local farmers and stopping selling many branded goods. It's become a race to the bottom, where quality, choice and the environment have no place and everywhere is becoming a clone of everywhere else..
It's true that supermarket's buying power can force down prices but in that war, they are destroying local farmers and stopping selling many branded goods. It's become a race to the bottom, where quality, choice and the environment have no place and everywhere is becoming a clone of everywhere else.. Sir Prised
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

William Young 2 says...

pwlr1966 wrote:
christyw wrote:
You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open!
You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close.
The wonderful Budgens was quite happy to destroy the cut flower trade of Monro's, undercut Nick Butchers shop & copy every last piece of local produce from the Deli before setting his sights on the fruit & veg van parked in the street etc. He is not an independent trader, he can only buy in 5% of his total buy from Budgen wholesale & with that he has crippled the local businesses because it suits his purpose, which is to make money. Sainsburys moving to Hassocks is just so they can make money, I doubt they will target the local businesses in the same way to get market share. By supporting Budgens you are most definitely not supporting local businesses & most importantly he unlike most of the other business owners doesnt even live local.
[quote][p][bold]pwlr1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]christyw[/bold] wrote: You won't get anywhere with opposing supermarkets moving into every nook and cranny in the UK. We had a similar problem in Hassocks when Sainsbury's demolished a perfectly good building and will be moving in towards the end of the year. We have a wonderful Budgens selling all sorts of local produce and a selection of small retail shops, some which will shut once Sainsbury's open![/p][/quote]You don't have to use the big supermarkets if you don't want too. if they don't make a profit they will close.[/p][/quote]The wonderful Budgens was quite happy to destroy the cut flower trade of Monro's, undercut Nick Butchers shop & copy every last piece of local produce from the Deli before setting his sights on the fruit & veg van parked in the street etc. He is not an independent trader, he can only buy in 5% of his total buy from Budgen wholesale & with that he has crippled the local businesses because it suits his purpose, which is to make money. Sainsburys moving to Hassocks is just so they can make money, I doubt they will target the local businesses in the same way to get market share. By supporting Budgens you are most definitely not supporting local businesses & most importantly he unlike most of the other business owners doesnt even live local. William Young 2
  • Score: 1

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