Anyone who read my Supermarkets post will realise that I am no great lover of the behemoths. But after reading an article (You’ve been Tesco’d) in Issue 1244 of Private Eye, I’m even more anti.

It appears Tesco may be falsely claiming demand and support for new stores. A man in Leeds received a letter acknowledging his support for a new store from the city council: he hadn’t taken sides let alone sent a letter, and his named was misspelled. Tesco have built a new store in Cambridge adding to traffic problems while the council spends £400,000 on traffic calming.

You may be interested to read about Hadleigh, where Tesco have been trying to build a supermarket for 10 years despite public enquiries, rejected applications, environmental issues and huge local protest.

Currently there is a battle in Newcastle Emlyn, a town of approximately 1000 inhabitants, to build 2 new supermarkets when they already have one, albeit a sole trader. Does that really sound sensible? It is a small town with a thriving local shopping community. As one town visitor comments: “We come to spend time here because it’s a proper town – not a clonesville. No major supermarket in sight.”

You can read more about these and more on Tescopoly. Other major supermarkets destroying local shops and businesses, paying poor wages to suppliers and manufacturers, having negative environmental costs, propping up poor animal welfare standards, and flooding our homes with poor-quality, poor-health, homogenic products do exist. Their names are Asda/Walmart, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, Sainsbury’s…and even Coop is heading that way.

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