Following several rumours about Tesco coming to Hoylake it can now be confirmed that the supermarket giant is interested in opening a Tesco store in the village.
I’d discussed the matter with Jackie Hall MBE last month and since then Jackie has made contact with Tesco who have now confirmed that are considering the Punch Bowl as a site for a Tesco Express. In response to a letter to Tesco, UK communications director Michael Kissman replied:
Your email is timely. The [Punch Bowl] has been advertised for sale for a while and we are considering if it is a suitable location for a Tesco Express convenience store. To reassure you, we are very keen to speak with the local community before any plans are progressed. This is part of a wider commitment to consult local people before every Tesco development.
Several HoylakeJunction.com have previously asked me if the Blue Anchor was being considered as a suitable Tesco site, even though the pub is not for sale. Other readers have wondered if The Ship Inn, which is for sale (or lease), would be considered for redevelopment.
What do you think?
- Does Hoylake need another mini-supermarket – Tesco obviously thinks it might?
- Hoylake already has a Co-op and a Sainsbury’s Local of course – does three make a crowd?
- Is the Punch Bowl a suitable site for a Tesco store? There aren’t published plans of how the empty building might be converted (or perhaps even demolished).
- Would the Market Street/Trinity Road junction become a bottle-neck?
- Is the Punch Bowl becoming an eyesore on Market Street and would benefit by being converted to a supermarket?
- What effect would a new store have on local, independent traders?
- Would new jobs in the village be a bonus?
Have your say in the comments below. Constructive comments only please – thank you very much!
- The timing could well be purely coincidental but a ‘For Lease’ sign went up on the Blue Anchor the other day. Arguments against having another supermarket in the village perhaps should not only focus on one particular building?
- For campaigning against Tesco visit: tescopoly.org
- Who is in favour of having another mini-supermarket in Hoylake? All the big supermarket companies are expanding their store networks, not just Tesco. How would you feel about having an M&S Simply Food store or a little Waitrose on Market Street?
- One HoylakeJunction reader who wishes to remain anonymous asks: ‘shop local’ is fine in principle but isn’t it part of the deal that local traders should offer a just-as-good or even better product and service than the big corporates?
- Thanks for the constructive comments …keep them coming!