What do traders think of Tesco?

TRADE bosses in Clevedon are to survey local businesses to canvas their views on proposals to double the size of the town's Tesco supermarket

TRADE bosses in Clevedon are to survey local businesses to canvas their views on proposals to double the size of the town's Tesco supermarket.Clevedon Chamber of Trade and Commerce is to put together a questionnaire asking for local traders views on the plans by the supermarket giant to build a new store and introduce new product lines.It is hoped the questionnaire will be delivered to every business in Clevedon before Christmas.Chamber of Trade and Commerce president David Hendey said: "Tesco say there is a demand for the bigger store and it will attract business to Clevedon which would otherwise go to Cribbs Causeway or Bristol. However there are concerns that a store of that size, selling a wider range of goods, could pull trade away from the town centre. Retailers are having a hard time as it is and it is not difficult to see a situation where there could be more empty units in the town if this store went ahead."Tesco revealed its plans to build a new 5,588 square metre store last week.The new store will back onto Southern Way and be accessed from the existing roundabout at Kenn Road.The existing Bradshaw and Labcaire sites will form part of the new Tesco site with both companies relocating to new premises in due course should the supermarket giant's application be successful.The expansion plans will see a further 150 jobs created in the town and if planning consent is agreed, work could start on site in 2008.

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