Been reading through the presentation about this proposed new store Tesco and Bristol City FC propose to build at Ashton Gate again.
It’s all there …
It’s a “sustainable development” and even “A Sustainable Store”. “Offering a further choice of shopping destination”, which “has the potential to provide further economic and community benefits to the area”.
Naturally there’ll be “sustainable transport routes” because Tesco are “committed to playing a leading role in tackling climate change”. And “Tesco have built a number of environmental stores” already would you believe?
There’s almost a bucolic feel to it all isn’t there? It’s like they’re proposing some sort of local village post office crossed with a convenience store where they’re generously installing some bike racks for the old maids on their way back from communion and a convenient extra aisle of value baked beans to help the poor.
Alas not. Let’s be clear. The proposal is actually for an 80,000 square foot Tesco Extra with 600 plus parking spaces.
Tesco promote this as a one-stop shopping destination, usually open 24 hours a day. As well as food retailing, it also stocks a range of non-food items, and often includes a post office, a pharmacy, photo processing, electrical goods, soft furnishings, cookware, and other homeware products, clothing, toys/games, garden furniture, diy materials and power tools, plus a cafe/restaurant and creche.
As well as this, it is likely to include a Tesco Bank, mortgage advice, estate agent services, loans and all the other services Tesco have added to their portfolio.
In short, it is not just a food retail store it is an entire ‘High Street’ complex being built next to an “under threat” district centre.
Who’d have guessed?