There has been a lot of talk recently about Asda, Tesco & Aldi coming to Middleton and how, if at all, it will affect local shops.
Asda have got planning permission to build on the old Co-op site in Middleton, Tesco who also applied, have not.
The building of the Asda supermarket has been held up by how to get traffic in and out of the Council waste site when the Asda store is built. We are now told work will begin in August and Asda will be open by Christmas. I will believe that when I see it. A supermarket is badly needed in this area as the only supermarket – Morrison’s – is two miles away in Hunslet.
When the building of the supermarket is completed, what do I do? Do I now use the supermarket at the expense of my local shop? My answer is yes. Local shops cannot compete, or don’t want to compete with supermarkets.
I think local shops, or convenience stores are exactly that. People use them for convenience, i.e. buying bread or milk when they run out, or buying newspapers, cigarettes etc. Apart from the cigarettes, this is what I do.
There is also going to be an Aldi built on the old Middleton Arms pub site. Although work was supposed to start on this in April, the beginning of the tax year, nothing has been done about this yet.
Asda, Tesco & Sainsbury’s have opened smaller branches which I’m sure affects trade of local shops, yet somehow the local corner shops continue to survive.
The shops owners on Middleton Park Circus & Middleton Park Avenue are worried about how much the opening of Aldi (and Asda) will effect their business. I would say: a lot. I won’t name names, but two of the shops on the Circus are the most expensive I’ve seen of their type, so people will definitely use Aldi and Asda when they’re built.
I’m told Asda (a small branch) on Old Lane in Beeston is doing very well and soon to be extended. Also next door, on the old jam factory site there is going to be a Tesco express built, I’m not sure if this is underway yet.
Many times I have to travel to Tesco in Seacroft when I want anything other than food, such as electrical goods. Recently I bought my mobile phone from them and a camera. I could have bought these online from Tesco, or anyway else for that matter, but I prefer to go and see rather than buy online. Must admit though, I do buy food online sometimes, at the cost of buying local.
Hopefully the new Asda will stock items such as electrical goods, to stop me having to travel further afield.
That’s my shopping trolley.
This article was written by Kenneth Ingram using our Community Reporters website