Supermarket giant confirms it plans the ninth Tesco for our town

Supermarket giant confirms it plans the ninth Tesco for our town

Supermarket giant confirms it plans the ninth Tesco for our town

First published in News

TESCO is set to open a ninth store in Colchester, it has been confirmed Four shops in Cotman Road, Prettygate, are being turned into one unit.

Residents’ fears that a bigname supermarket was going to snap up the site have been realised with the news it will become a Tesco Express.

It will be just 50ft from a Coop supermarket.

Residents are angry Colchester Council did not hold a consultation into the Hills Group’s application to turn the individual shops into one store.

For special reports, see Friday's Gazette and Essex County Standard

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9:35am Fri 22 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

The blue fencing with might have been a clue.
The blue fencing with might have been a clue. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 4

10:23am Fri 22 Aug 14

Frank Scully says...

Tesco haven't even started their new store on Mersea Rd...
Tesco haven't even started their new store on Mersea Rd... Frank Scully
  • Score: 10

11:33am Fri 22 Aug 14

Scoot says...

Every little (brown envelope) helps !
Every little (brown envelope) helps ! Scoot
  • Score: 20

1:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Rumours are that the COOP foodstores will be taken over by the German discounters like Lidl . So any british Tesco store employing local people and owned by british pensioners through their pension funds will be battling against Russells friends ("Im passionately in favour of Europe"-he says) in Prettygate.
If they do open in Cotman -make sure you force them to charge the same prices as their big stores. They will start to charge a premium small store price but will give way under pressure- from past experience.
Rumours are that the COOP foodstores will be taken over by the German discounters like Lidl . So any british Tesco store employing local people and owned by british pensioners through their pension funds will be battling against Russells friends ("Im passionately in favour of Europe"-he says) in Prettygate. If they do open in Cotman -make sure you force them to charge the same prices as their big stores. They will start to charge a premium small store price but will give way under pressure- from past experience. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -2

1:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Tescos, Sainsburys and Morrisons are British companies with very large British pension fund shareholders. Lidl and Aldi are German "Giants"and Asda (Walmart) is another foreign(USA) "Giant".
We know that there is a shift in shopping habits to local stores and less bulk shopping-which is good. More local employment-and customers within a mile radius of the shop. Some will last some will close-but more competition means cheaper prices.
Tescos, Sainsburys and Morrisons are British companies with very large British pension fund shareholders. Lidl and Aldi are German "Giants"and Asda (Walmart) is another foreign(USA) "Giant". We know that there is a shift in shopping habits to local stores and less bulk shopping-which is good. More local employment-and customers within a mile radius of the shop. Some will last some will close-but more competition means cheaper prices. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Scoot says...

Shrubendlad - why not go one step further and promote Waitrose expanding in Colchester - which is owned by its employees rather than pension fund managers (the pensioners don't have a say where their funds are invested) who invest in anything that makes a fast buck whether its ethical or not... e.g the CofE investing in Wonga....
Shrubendlad - why not go one step further and promote Waitrose expanding in Colchester - which is owned by its employees rather than pension fund managers (the pensioners don't have a say where their funds are invested) who invest in anything that makes a fast buck whether its ethical or not... e.g the CofE investing in Wonga.... Scoot
  • Score: 5

3:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Shambolic says...

The Co-op stores in Colchester are east of England Co-op. A very profitable Co-op.
The Co-op stores in Colchester are east of England Co-op. A very profitable Co-op. Shambolic
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Scoot says...

Shambolic - very true, The Co-Op stores are great and they promote local produce rather than the big 4 who have produce that has more air miles than me. The only problem though is you can't use your Divi card when you go out of the region in other Co-Ops..
Shambolic - very true, The Co-Op stores are great and they promote local produce rather than the big 4 who have produce that has more air miles than me. The only problem though is you can't use your Divi card when you go out of the region in other Co-Ops.. Scoot
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Scoot wrote:
Shrubendlad - why not go one step further and promote Waitrose expanding in Colchester - which is owned by its employees rather than pension fund managers (the pensioners don't have a say where their funds are invested) who invest in anything that makes a fast buck whether its ethical or not... e.g the CofE investing in Wonga....
Good Point about the employees owning Waitrose and John Lewis.
Unfortunately John Lewis have said Colchester is too small to open a Department Store.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Shrubendlad - why not go one step further and promote Waitrose expanding in Colchester - which is owned by its employees rather than pension fund managers (the pensioners don't have a say where their funds are invested) who invest in anything that makes a fast buck whether its ethical or not... e.g the CofE investing in Wonga....[/p][/quote]Good Point about the employees owning Waitrose and John Lewis. Unfortunately John Lewis have said Colchester is too small to open a Department Store. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Boris says...

Looks like ineptitude on the part of the Prettygate councillors, who failed to spot what was in the planning app till it was too late.
A councillor who can't even keep on top of planning applications for his own ward cannot be taken seriously as a parliamentary candidate.
Looks like ineptitude on the part of the Prettygate councillors, who failed to spot what was in the planning app till it was too late. A councillor who can't even keep on top of planning applications for his own ward cannot be taken seriously as a parliamentary candidate. Boris
  • Score: 14

12:47am Sat 23 Aug 14

Navajo wife says...

Why, in the name of dirt and worms, does Tesco need yet another store. Thanks for telling me that Asda is Walmart.I don't know what it's like there, but here it's great. You can always find what you nerf, be iy goof. Furniture, clothes, gardening, everything and great prices. Here in the US, walmart is affectionatly known as Wallyworld.
Why, in the name of dirt and worms, does Tesco need yet another store. Thanks for telling me that Asda is Walmart.I don't know what it's like there, but here it's great. You can always find what you nerf, be iy goof. Furniture, clothes, gardening, everything and great prices. Here in the US, walmart is affectionatly known as Wallyworld. Navajo wife
  • Score: 5

7:45am Sat 23 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris wrote:
Looks like ineptitude on the part of the Prettygate councillors, who failed to spot what was in the planning app till it was too late.
A councillor who can't even keep on top of planning applications for his own ward cannot be taken seriously as a parliamentary candidate.
I passed the Sainsbury local at Layer Road the other day-they've made a good job of it and it was very busy.
The trend is away from huge out of town shops-to local stores and as I support British jobs and British companies ,I hope that trend continues.
After the COOP bank collapse and revelations about the whole COOP structure-it might help if the EoE changed its name.
Apart from that Boris-Im starting to agree with you on a lot of things-Im happy to support a compromise on the Water Tower-NOT the May result-Ive waited decades to see the back of Russell.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Looks like ineptitude on the part of the Prettygate councillors, who failed to spot what was in the planning app till it was too late. A councillor who can't even keep on top of planning applications for his own ward cannot be taken seriously as a parliamentary candidate.[/p][/quote]I passed the Sainsbury local at Layer Road the other day-they've made a good job of it and it was very busy. The trend is away from huge out of town shops-to local stores and as I support British jobs and British companies ,I hope that trend continues. After the COOP bank collapse and revelations about the whole COOP structure-it might help if the EoE changed its name. Apart from that Boris-Im starting to agree with you on a lot of things-Im happy to support a compromise on the Water Tower-NOT the May result-Ive waited decades to see the back of Russell. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

4:38pm Sat 23 Aug 14

EengDem says...

Don't forget that Will Quince would abstaine from voting on the planning application anyway as he is a Tory and Tesco donate a great deal of money to the Conservative party every year.

It doesn't matter how many local stores Tesco and their rivals open. When people realise that the local independant down the road is much cheaper to shop at, then they will vote with their feet.

Let us not forget that Tesco may be a British company, but it deliberately uses a tax loop hole to avoid paying around £600m in Tax each year.

90% of all Tesco's store buildings and freeholds are registered in the name of a wholey-owned Caymen Island based property company that then charges rent to Tesco. Thus Tesco's Tax bill is reduced to the detriment of the British govt.

Tesco also decided back in 2011 to take part in the then-new Work Placement program which was aimed at giving the long-term unemployed up to 6 months work experience. Now this might seem to be a good thing until you realise that Tesco then went and laid-off 20,000 paid employees in order to replace them with 14,000 cost-free staff members curtesy of the Job centre.

Every little helps as they say.
Don't forget that Will Quince would abstaine from voting on the planning application anyway as he is a Tory and Tesco donate a great deal of money to the Conservative party every year. It doesn't matter how many local stores Tesco and their rivals open. When people realise that the local independant down the road is much cheaper to shop at, then they will vote with their feet. Let us not forget that Tesco may be a British company, but it deliberately uses a tax loop hole to avoid paying around £600m in Tax each year. 90% of all Tesco's store buildings and freeholds are registered in the name of a wholey-owned Caymen Island based property company that then charges rent to Tesco. Thus Tesco's Tax bill is reduced to the detriment of the British govt. Tesco also decided back in 2011 to take part in the then-new Work Placement program which was aimed at giving the long-term unemployed up to 6 months work experience. Now this might seem to be a good thing until you realise that Tesco then went and laid-off 20,000 paid employees in order to replace them with 14,000 cost-free staff members curtesy of the Job centre. Every little helps as they say. EengDem
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Sat 23 Aug 14

the alternative journalist says...

In my opinion i think they should build a Tesco next to every existing Tesco .......... Then build some more tesco' i guess .
In my opinion i think they should build a Tesco next to every existing Tesco .......... Then build some more tesco' i guess . the alternative journalist
  • Score: -4

6:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

EengDem wrote:
Don't forget that Will Quince would abstaine from voting on the planning application anyway as he is a Tory and Tesco donate a great deal of money to the Conservative party every year.

It doesn't matter how many local stores Tesco and their rivals open. When people realise that the local independant down the road is much cheaper to shop at, then they will vote with their feet.

Let us not forget that Tesco may be a British company, but it deliberately uses a tax loop hole to avoid paying around £600m in Tax each year.

90% of all Tesco's store buildings and freeholds are registered in the name of a wholey-owned Caymen Island based property company that then charges rent to Tesco. Thus Tesco's Tax bill is reduced to the detriment of the British govt.

Tesco also decided back in 2011 to take part in the then-new Work Placement program which was aimed at giving the long-term unemployed up to 6 months work experience. Now this might seem to be a good thing until you realise that Tesco then went and laid-off 20,000 paid employees in order to replace them with 14,000 cost-free staff members curtesy of the Job centre.

Every little helps as they say.
I am not a Politician and don't have any shares in Tesco-its share price is 248p -7p above a 52 week low due to market performance. I prefer Morrisons as a recovery play for my small investor portfolio.
Tesco have 510,444 employees. That's a lot of employment.
I have no idea which parties receive donations.
What I do know is that Will Quince has started his 2015 campaign(see Adverts in local press)-and he knows that he has to work hard to win the towns support-no matter how much he is ahead in the poles. Don't prejudge any voting.
[quote][p][bold]EengDem[/bold] wrote: Don't forget that Will Quince would abstaine from voting on the planning application anyway as he is a Tory and Tesco donate a great deal of money to the Conservative party every year. It doesn't matter how many local stores Tesco and their rivals open. When people realise that the local independant down the road is much cheaper to shop at, then they will vote with their feet. Let us not forget that Tesco may be a British company, but it deliberately uses a tax loop hole to avoid paying around £600m in Tax each year. 90% of all Tesco's store buildings and freeholds are registered in the name of a wholey-owned Caymen Island based property company that then charges rent to Tesco. Thus Tesco's Tax bill is reduced to the detriment of the British govt. Tesco also decided back in 2011 to take part in the then-new Work Placement program which was aimed at giving the long-term unemployed up to 6 months work experience. Now this might seem to be a good thing until you realise that Tesco then went and laid-off 20,000 paid employees in order to replace them with 14,000 cost-free staff members curtesy of the Job centre. Every little helps as they say.[/p][/quote]I am not a Politician and don't have any shares in Tesco-its share price is 248p -7p above a 52 week low due to market performance. I prefer Morrisons as a recovery play for my small investor portfolio. Tesco have 510,444 employees. That's a lot of employment. I have no idea which parties receive donations. What I do know is that Will Quince has started his 2015 campaign(see Adverts in local press)-and he knows that he has to work hard to win the towns support-no matter how much he is ahead in the poles. Don't prejudge any voting. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -2

9:46pm Mon 25 Aug 14

romantic says...

Navajo wife wrote:
Why, in the name of dirt and worms, does Tesco need yet another store. Thanks for telling me that Asda is Walmart.I don't know what it's like there, but here it's great. You can always find what you nerf, be iy goof. Furniture, clothes, gardening, everything and great prices. Here in the US, walmart is affectionatly known as Wallyworld.
It has many other less affectionate names too...
[quote][p][bold]Navajo wife[/bold] wrote: Why, in the name of dirt and worms, does Tesco need yet another store. Thanks for telling me that Asda is Walmart.I don't know what it's like there, but here it's great. You can always find what you nerf, be iy goof. Furniture, clothes, gardening, everything and great prices. Here in the US, walmart is affectionatly known as Wallyworld.[/p][/quote]It has many other less affectionate names too... romantic
  • Score: 0

2:23am Sun 31 Aug 14

Snippet says...

Here's a copy of my comment on this matter from the colchester Gazette Facebook page:-Tesco is harmful to small communities and certainly is one of the key reasons our high streets are floundering.With a Co-Op supermarket across the road from this site there is absolutely no need for another small supermarket to be in the vicinity.The council should be ashamed of itself for letting this come about . What will happen going forward? Sadly,people are still struggling deeply in the real world and those who cannot easily reach shops with good solid cheap food like Aldi will shop in this Tesco and abandon the Co-Op because it cannot compete with Tesco and in particular a Tesco (as an organisation) that has been bruised and battered by the upsurge of Aldi & Lidl so will come out with all guns blazing in an attempt to capture your cash. As the Co-op can't compete on price(mostly) it will begin to struggle and may end up giving up its shop in Prettygate,likely to be replaced with an off license or pound shop after a lengthy period of laying empty-Very very sad.The Co-op helps bond a small community together and gives to local causes and has been a central point of the community for as long as I can remember so there is no obvious reason for Tesco to be granted planning permission by any officer who has the communities long term interest at heart.And for the man who loves a photo opportunity that would make Boris Johnson blush-Leader of the Conservative Group on Colchester Borough Council Will Quince,how much did you know about this? and what pressure are you putting on the powers that be in the planning division in demanding an full explanation as to why the community were not consulted on this? Shameful
Here's a copy of my comment on this matter from the colchester Gazette Facebook page:-Tesco is harmful to small communities and certainly is one of the key reasons our high streets are floundering.With a Co-Op supermarket across the road from this site there is absolutely no need for another small supermarket to be in the vicinity.The council should be ashamed of itself for letting this come about . What will happen going forward? Sadly,people are still struggling deeply in the real world and those who cannot easily reach shops with good solid cheap food like Aldi will shop in this Tesco and abandon the Co-Op because it cannot compete with Tesco and in particular a Tesco (as an organisation) that has been bruised and battered by the upsurge of Aldi & Lidl so will come out with all guns blazing in an attempt to capture your cash. As the Co-op can't compete on price(mostly) it will begin to struggle and may end up giving up its shop in Prettygate,likely to be replaced with an off license or pound shop after a lengthy period of laying empty-Very very sad.The Co-op helps bond a small community together and gives to local causes and has been a central point of the community for as long as I can remember so there is no obvious reason for Tesco to be granted planning permission by any officer who has the communities long term interest at heart.And for the man who loves a photo opportunity that would make Boris Johnson blush-Leader of the Conservative Group on Colchester Borough Council Will Quince,how much did you know about this? and what pressure are you putting on the powers that be in the planning division in demanding an full explanation as to why the community were not consulted on this? Shameful Snippet
  • Score: 1
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