Traders’ concerns on Tesco

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MEMBERS of Castletown Chamber of Commerce say they are concerned with the potential impact of a new Tesco store on existing retailers in the town.

Craig Heath, chairman of the Chamber, said: ‘We welcome any business that may increase shoppers in Castletown but are worried that over supply of supermarkets will lead to adverse effects on those businesses that have served the town for many years. The location of the store does not appear to be suitable for deliveries or customer parking.

‘Our concerns are based on what has happened to many small towns and villages in the UK when large operators open in the area.’

It was confirmed last week that Castletown businessmen Roy Tilleard had a signed a deal for a Tesco Express store to open in the Callow’s Yard development.

There has so far been a mixed reaction to the scheme.

Castletown’s MHK, Richard Ronan, has voiced fears about the impact on other traders, but some shoppers have welcomed the news.

Shoprite, which has a store in the town, reacted by announcing it hopes to open a convenience store in neighbouring Ballasalla.

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