Tuesday 22 February 2011 3.59pm
The real scandal about supermarket provision in SE1 is the promise by the developers of Tabard Square to include a large supermarket in the scheme. This was to address the fact that the closest large supermarket is the Old Kent Road
and difficult to access for those without cars (and indeed those with cars). I believe this promise was a key reason for planning permission being given to what is quite a high-rise and bulky scheme for the area.
In the end only the small Tesco local opened and the large retail space remains empty (as indeed does the restaurant space in the award winning 'public' space). Given the housing crisis in the borough you always wonder passing these sort of empty units, what more imaginative uses could have been dreamed up by the planners....
To compound the matter the Tesco local ain't great with minimal staff operating tills (and those that do busily trying to reach their daily target of customers)