Tesco have stated that the TESCO METRO in Walton Road, Molesey, is similar in size to the proposed Ashtead Tesco Metro.
Cllr. Ernest Mallett of Molesey has shared critical information with us about the terrible adverse impact this Tesco has had on the local retailers that used to exist, since it was opened several years ago.
Since Tesco opened the majority of the small shops in Walton Road have closed – all of the three greengrocers, all of the five butchers, The Coop, all bakers except one, the florists and confectionery shops.
There have been attempts to open shops since e.g. two butchers and one bakers, but these shops have not lasted.
Cllr. Mallett believes these small shops closed because of economics which fail when Tesco are selling competing products.
Ashtead’s proposed Tesco is aimed at top up shopping (different from the previous 2 proposals which were for full weekly shops).
Almost 100% of the turnover of the existing Ashtead convenience retailers comes from top up shopping. Hence this Tesco Metro could have a very negative impact, as it would capture top up shopping from the existing shops and could cause them to close, as has happened in Molesey.
In contrast, a much smaller Express sized store with on-site parking would probably not have this effect, as we know from Craddocks Parade, Lower Ashtead.
45+ Local Ashtead retailers and businesses have signed a PETITION expressing their concern.
WE DO NOT WANT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN MOLESEY TO HAPPEN TO ASHTEAD!
Just to clarify that you can object again (even if you have objected before), based on this report of the impact that Tesco Metro has had on their local shops and how that experience could be replicated in Ashtead.
This is because this is new information.
There are already 890 Objections, help us to make that 1,000!