You could be forgiven for thinking, ‘well what difference will it make?’ or ‘what’s the point in trying to stop Tesco?’ – which is understandable. However, Tesco have been slowed in the past – and have even changed their minds – for example:
In 2009, Tesco received planning permission to build a Tesco Express store on Hope Street, Liverpool despite there being a total of eight other Tesco stores (In Express, Metro and Superstore formats) within less than or equivalent to a mile from its proposed location. This initiated a campaign in the local area and a large Facebook group movement to prevent the construction going ahead. Tesco withdrew the plans on 3 September 2009 due to widespread opposition and condemnation from local people.
In March 2007 residents in Bournville, Birmingham fought to maintain the historic alcohol free status of the area, in winning a court battle with Tesco, to prevent it selling alcohol in its local outlet. No shops are permitted to sell alcohol in the area and there are no pubs, bars or fast-food outlets in Bournville.
In 2007 residents of Cambridge organised a campaign, “No Mill Road Tesco”, with the aim of preventing Tesco from opening a store on Cambridge’s Mill Road… In mid-2008, Tesco applied for planning permission for an air conditioning and refrigeration plant, which was also rejected by the council. Tesco eventually opened a restricted size store with no external refrigeration plant or alcohol license in August 2009.
So – just because Tesco are big, doesn’t necessarily mean they are unstoppable. Every little bit of support helps…