This is not a rhetorical question

How many Tescos does Lewisham need? According to its store finder there are currently three in SE13 alone: the massive one by the station, an Express in an Esso station on Loampit Vale and an Express in Hither Green’s Meridian South development. There’s an Express about to open on Lewisham High Street opposite the junction with Courthill Road, and by the looks of it the L&Q development next to the job centre is being built above – another Tesco. Unless the hoardings are actually pointing to the previous one, a ten minute walk up the road… no, no, it is going to be a Tesco Fucking Metro. So SE13 will have five Tescos.

FIVE.

Not to mention the one by Catford station which is technically SE6, and isn’t there another one on Loampit Vale?

You’d think I’d have more of a point about this, but all I can summon the energy to do is slump my head down on my desk and moan about my lovely, quirky, generally-still-quite-independent-albeit-slightly-scuzzy-round-the-edges, manor being blanded all to hell.

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6 responses to “This is not a rhetorical question

  1. Kate July 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    There’s one on Lewisham Way, just west of Lewisham College, too. That’s SE4 though.

  2. rachel bagelmouse July 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Ah, I think that’s the one I was thinking of when I said Loampit Vale (I always forget the road changes its name). So the one on Lewisham Way would make it, what, three on what is basically the same stretch of road? Who can I punch for this? There must be somebody I can punch.

  3. Max Calo' July 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Wait, Lewisham Council is about the sell the whole of Catford centre to Tesco. It’ll be a Tesco town.

  4. rachel bagelmouse July 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    WHAT?! *Googles*
    http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/regeneration/Pages/Catford.aspx

    OH HOLY FUCK. Shall we just all get Tesco logos above our front doors? Where the hell is a Bristol-style protest when you need one?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/25/stokes-croft-tesco-bristol

  5. Max Calo' July 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    The best part is that it’s all confidential negotiations, we don’t get to know anything about it apart from the pr pap.

    But we can trust their wisdom (from http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/regeneration/Pages/Catford.aspx):

    “Isn’t this a big risk to take in the current environment?

    Despite the economic situation the Centre has a high percentage of units let, with new leases being negotiated on the units currently empty, and is popular with retailers. We have carried out a full assessment of the risks and are confident that the money invested is secure. ”

    And only a few months later:
    http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/9083437.Stallholders__gobsmacked__after_being_told_leave_shopping_centre/

  6. Nick July 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Makes one long for a Liverpool ’81…

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