Regulars shocked as pub shuts and Tesco moves in

10:08 06 August 2012

Former pub-goers outside the Bristol House

Former pub-goers outside the Bristol House

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A PUB that has stood at the heart of a community for more than 70 years looks set to be turned into a Tesco Express.

The Bristol House in Milton Road closed its doors for the last time on July 25 and its owners are currently in discussions with the supermarket giant over plans to develop it as a new store.

It has provoked an angry reaction, both from pub regulars who have lost their social hub, and people who fear the impact of another Tesco in Weston.

They are concerned that while there are three convenience stores within walking distance that could be affected by the new Tesco, there is no pub or communal meeting space.

Landlords Alison Press and Wale Shoyinka were told two weeks ago by building owners Enterprise Inns that their lease would not be renewed, and that the pub would have to close.

A spokesman for Tesco has confirmed to the Mercury that discussions are underway between the two firms over the sale or lease of the site for use as a new store.

There are currently five Tesco stores in Weston and Locking Castle, including the superstore in Station Road.

The move has been met with dismay by those who used the pub, which was built in 1936.

One, Declan Devane, had been a regular at the pub for 36 years.

He said: “You are doing away with what is basically a village hall.

“The nearest pub is half-a-mile away and it’s too far for elderly people to walk to.”

Another, Alan Carr, who has been a regular visitor there for 40 years, said: “We don’t want a Tesco.

“If it does become a Tesco a lot of other shops in the area could close.”

Fellow pub regular Bob Lewes-Johns said: “It’s a big shame – it’s going to be a big loss to the community.”

Former landlady Ms Press, who had run the pub for the past three years, said: “I think it’s sad because all of the community pubs are closing and it’s not the fault of the pubs, it’s the fault of places like Tesco and Asda that sell extremely cheap alcohol.

“It was a bit of a shock, we knew our contract was coming up but we had put offers in to buy the pub in the past but Enterprise always rejected our offers.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have had initial discussions with Enterprise Inns, but as yet no lease has been agreed.”

And a spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We are evaluating our options and we are unable to confirm our plans at this stage.”

12 comments

  • We used to have a corner shop along Milton Road (opp the bowling club) trade wasn't brilliant but we survived. As soon as sunday opening came into being , that signalled the end for us and we got out before being forced out. a lot of people use Milton road to get home and if a decent sized parking area is available, people will use it - sorry, just a sign of the times. Look at Severn road and The broadway ( Oldmixon) just 2 sites that are being regularly used.

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    bill

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Another Tesco store is not in anyway needed there. The pub is a better business for the location as. The traffic situation is bad enough there with out a store. And the over all impact to the other businesses and visually will destroy the area.

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    BaldyBob

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I hope Tesco's do not succeed in taking over yet another building and threatening more local economic diversity as they have near us ... shame on them

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    Robert Iles

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Thank god..... In this day and age, it's criminal that you should have to drive more than 500 yards to find a Tesco! We need one in Worle High Street aswell.... in fact, I think we should have a Tesco's street, where it's simply a row of individual Tesco express's. Now that's the dream.

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    Savage

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Tesco does not spoil any area it gives people what they want, it's alright wanting a pub again put who supported it when it was open, the quicker it moves in the better, before someone set's it on fire

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    Beerpops

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Great news bring it on

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    Beerpops

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • @TheTipThief Or, Tesco's in many cases, see a successful news agentconvenience store, and have the money and power to eventually buy them out.

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    Savage

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Tesco's are not needed here, turn the building into affordable flats if neccesary. Tesco's will cause smaller shops in Milton Road to close, take a look at Whitecross Road area for proof! I only hope the local residents will oppose this as it will be noisy, cause traffic chaos and de-value your homes.

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    TrueWestonian

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • As a resident of the direct area I honestly do not believe that have a tescos will put other companies out of business, if that was the case then there would be no small news agents in the town centre as tescos would have all their business, but there are several news agents that are surviving; also there is nothing wrong with a bit of competition for the other shops which to be honest are ridiculously overpriced and never have anything in stock that you need. Also won't this produce more job opportunities which surely everyone is crying out for??

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    Anonymous

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I agree with Savage, we need more Tesco's. Why, where I live the nearest store is OVER A MILE AWAY. It is unacceptable. I blame new labour. Let's get Britain Great again!

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    worriedofweston

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • If people did not visit these Tesco shops then they would not be springing up all over the place. Supply and demand I'm afraid but I do agree it would be a real shame to lose this pub as it has been there all my life even though I have to confess I have never put foot inside. I hope something can be done to reopen it again. But I think the smoking ban has killed the British boozer for good.

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    TheTipThief

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • does anyone know how we appose this? Do we right to the council? Tesco destroys areas like this, the shops on Milton Road struggle as it is, and I know at least one that is empty. if the pub can't work, then I agree; affordable community housing is the way to go..

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    Matthew Webber

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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