MP laments the closure of town centre Tesco Metro

LOCAL MP Sir George Young has commented on the impending closure of the Tesco store in the centre of Andover.

Sir George said he was sad to hear that Tesco propose to close their Metro Store in the Chantry Centre at the end of June.

"Tesco have been busy opening stores in the town over the past few years, and it is disappointing that they have now decided to close the store in the heart of the town. I hope they can find alternative work for the 57 employees there."

Sir George said he also hoped another retailer would take over the premises soon. "Andover is a fast-growing town, and the purchasing power of the local population is rising. This is an opportunity for someone not currently with a presence in the town to take over a key site."

A Tesco spokesman said “Closing the store was a difficult decision and our priority is to do everything we can to find alternative roles within Tesco for as many affected colleagues as possible.

"We’ll continue to serve customers in Andover from our Extra on River Way and through our online grocery shopping service.”

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12:47pm Fri 14 Mar 14

FBA says...

I'm shocked and saddened to hear this news. Hopefully another company will see the potential of this site and take this over including the staff.
I'm shocked and saddened to hear this news. Hopefully another company will see the potential of this site and take this over including the staff. FBA
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Fri 14 Mar 14

sarahannem says...

Is it closing because the lease is due for renewal?
Is it closing because the lease is due for renewal? sarahannem
  • Score: 3

2:28pm Fri 14 Mar 14

lizferla says...

Is this the writing on the wall for our town centre? Even a big company pulling out. If Sir George and his cronies had helped the town over the years, instead of sitting on their hands doing nothing, only turning up for every photo opportunity, we would not be in this sad mess. You have let this town down badly Sir, and you will pay the price at the next election. Sadly we pay the price for your lack of help and imagination.
Is this the writing on the wall for our town centre? Even a big company pulling out. If Sir George and his cronies had helped the town over the years, instead of sitting on their hands doing nothing, only turning up for every photo opportunity, we would not be in this sad mess. You have let this town down badly Sir, and you will pay the price at the next election. Sadly we pay the price for your lack of help and imagination. lizferla
  • Score: 1

10:09am Sat 15 Mar 14

Peter.Smith says...

lizferla wrote:
Is this the writing on the wall for our town centre? Even a big company pulling out. If Sir George and his cronies had helped the town over the years, instead of sitting on their hands doing nothing, only turning up for every photo opportunity, we would not be in this sad mess. You have let this town down badly Sir, and you will pay the price at the next election. Sadly we pay the price for your lack of help and imagination.
Shock Horror! UKIP are using the closure of a shop and the loss of jobs for their own political gain.

But yet again UKIP are showing how little they know about the way things work.

Sir George Young has no power to intervene in the running of Andover, he is our representative in Parliament, Andover's Tesco Metro closing is not a National Issue and therefore, while he can comment as he has done in the paper, there is little else he can do. He has also announced he is not standing again at the next election so he won't be paying the price for anything, in fact he has served the constituency very well over the years.

What help and imagination would you like Sir George to show and what powers do you think he has to influence Tesco policy in Andover?

Why don't you concentrate on contacting Tesco about their closures, they obviously have a business reason to do this, business again is not something UKIP know very much about, but I would imagine the CEO of Tesco has enough experience to make such decisions.

The writing is not on the wall for the town centre, that large shop could be turned into something new for our town, how about UKIP petition major companies to show an interest in the town, it seems like you sit at your keyboards and create petitions - so who has a lack of imagination?
[quote][p][bold]lizferla[/bold] wrote: Is this the writing on the wall for our town centre? Even a big company pulling out. If Sir George and his cronies had helped the town over the years, instead of sitting on their hands doing nothing, only turning up for every photo opportunity, we would not be in this sad mess. You have let this town down badly Sir, and you will pay the price at the next election. Sadly we pay the price for your lack of help and imagination.[/p][/quote]Shock Horror! UKIP are using the closure of a shop and the loss of jobs for their own political gain. But yet again UKIP are showing how little they know about the way things work. Sir George Young has no power to intervene in the running of Andover, he is our representative in Parliament, Andover's Tesco Metro closing is not a National Issue and therefore, while he can comment as he has done in the paper, there is little else he can do. He has also announced he is not standing again at the next election so he won't be paying the price for anything, in fact he has served the constituency very well over the years. What help and imagination would you like Sir George to show and what powers do you think he has to influence Tesco policy in Andover? Why don't you concentrate on contacting Tesco about their closures, they obviously have a business reason to do this, business again is not something UKIP know very much about, but I would imagine the CEO of Tesco has enough experience to make such decisions. The writing is not on the wall for the town centre, that large shop could be turned into something new for our town, how about UKIP petition major companies to show an interest in the town, it seems like you sit at your keyboards and create petitions - so who has a lack of imagination? Peter.Smith
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Mikey3000 says...

I have to say what a pleasure it is to read a well argued comment from Peter Smith, and quite frankly I could not agree more with him.

As the son of a once senior manager for Tesco, I would advise Liz Ferla that any form of petition would not be worth the paper that its written on. Tesco, although somewhat of a controversial institution, are an enormously successful retailer. I am certain that their decision to close the town store would be based on well tested commercial principles. They have a very large Extra format store out of the town, and several express format stores in the residential areas of the town. On this basis, I cannot see why the want to continue to trade from the town centre. A lack of office business will mean that the sandwich market will be fairly poor, and a low footfall in the town has probably led to very bleak looking trading figures in general.

Assessing the Andover retail market in general, I would suggest that the chances of finding a new tenant for the unit are slim to none. As comparison choice continues to decline in Andover centre and competition increases from the Internet, expanding out of town shopping parks, and much stronger neighbouring centres we are likely to see more retailers leaving Andover for good.

The solution is to develop a new modern scheme that will attract consumers and retailers alike. Until such time take your pick between Salisbury, Winchester, Newbury and Basingstoke as I am sure many of us already do!
I have to say what a pleasure it is to read a well argued comment from Peter Smith, and quite frankly I could not agree more with him. As the son of a once senior manager for Tesco, I would advise Liz Ferla that any form of petition would not be worth the paper that its written on. Tesco, although somewhat of a controversial institution, are an enormously successful retailer. I am certain that their decision to close the town store would be based on well tested commercial principles. They have a very large Extra format store out of the town, and several express format stores in the residential areas of the town. On this basis, I cannot see why the want to continue to trade from the town centre. A lack of office business will mean that the sandwich market will be fairly poor, and a low footfall in the town has probably led to very bleak looking trading figures in general. Assessing the Andover retail market in general, I would suggest that the chances of finding a new tenant for the unit are slim to none. As comparison choice continues to decline in Andover centre and competition increases from the Internet, expanding out of town shopping parks, and much stronger neighbouring centres we are likely to see more retailers leaving Andover for good. The solution is to develop a new modern scheme that will attract consumers and retailers alike. Until such time take your pick between Salisbury, Winchester, Newbury and Basingstoke as I am sure many of us already do! Mikey3000
  • Score: 3

3:17pm Sat 15 Mar 14

FBA says...

It is my understanding that it is a Tesco’s decision based on the profitability of the shop.

I would think that Tesco did not take this sad decision lightly, this store has possibly not been one of their more 'successful ones' and lets face it in the end it is all about loss profit share holders etc. Concern now is for the staff in the store, hopefully they will be able to be relocated locally.

We do have Sainsbury's Waitrose M&S Lydl Wilkinsons Asda. This unit on the corner of the town is in a prime location point. It could be used possibly as departmental store after all it does have upstairs space too. In the commercial world every square feet of space has to produce a return in sales and be profitable. You cannot expect for ever more for the share holders or indeed other Tesco Stores to absorb the losses that this store has ' possibly not been making' Nevertheless it is a sad time for all concerned so hopefully comments on this will take into consideration the feelings of those that it most concerns.
It is my understanding that it is a Tesco’s decision based on the profitability of the shop. I would think that Tesco did not take this sad decision lightly, this store has possibly not been one of their more 'successful ones' and lets face it in the end it is all about loss profit share holders etc. Concern now is for the staff in the store, hopefully they will be able to be relocated locally. We do have Sainsbury's Waitrose M&S Lydl Wilkinsons Asda. This unit on the corner of the town is in a prime location point. It could be used possibly as departmental store after all it does have upstairs space too. In the commercial world every square feet of space has to produce a return in sales and be profitable. You cannot expect for ever more for the share holders or indeed other Tesco Stores to absorb the losses that this store has ' possibly not been making' Nevertheless it is a sad time for all concerned so hopefully comments on this will take into consideration the feelings of those that it most concerns. FBA
  • Score: 3

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