A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s claimed the new store would exist to “compliment existing businesses”, but Gill Jones, manager of fresh fruit and vegetable shop, The Allotment, thinks otherwise:
“Looking at the things they’re planning on selling, it’s clear they must have looked around all the local shops to try and steal our business. Not all of the small Tescos and Sainsbury’s sell everything, but they’re going to do fruit, vegetables, sandwiches; everything”.
It seems that if we wish to keep our local businesses going, we have to consider what it is that we truly want. Sainsbury’s may be able to offer convenience and some of their products may be cheaper, but the independent and personal charm of The Allotment, which offers a quality of produce and friendly service far unmatched by its supermarket competitor, is certainly something worth fighting for.
“Unfortunately”, says Gill, “it’s like David and Goliath, we just can’t go fighting against Sainsbury’s”. We can however, as the people of New Cross, make the conscious choice, before it’s too late, to support the places that we don’t want to lose.