Tuesday 6 May 2014 11.37pm
Mark Roelofsen wrote:
If I'm right Sainsbury's have applied to open a branch in Spa Road, in the new development where the old One Stop Shop was. I suppose it's symptomatic of the growing population in the area, but I'm not enthused given the strong and growing food culture of the area.
How nice it would be if these big boys of retailing could emulate the ability of Carrefour and others in France who are able to stock locally produced food. Just think of the good PR and higher value sales they could win if they stocked the ice cream, cheese, honey, beer, meat, cakes etc etc of the local producers a few moments away.
Do we really need another Sainsbury's, or any sort of supermarket for that matter, in this area? We already have a Sainsbury's local 5 minutes away on TBR and a Coop on the corner of Spa Rd opposite St. James's. Then there's the little supermarket/corner shop on Grange Rd about a minute away.
Picking up on Mark's original email, wouldn't it be great if someone took over one of the empty shops on Spa Rd and stocked it with goods from all the suppliers that are currently only open to the public on Saturdays at Spa Terminus, Maltby St and Bermondsey Sq. The space on the ground floor of the Bolanachi building springs to mind.
I guess in this country Budgen's might be the closest we have to a supermarket chain stocking locally produced foods.