Tesco: 'Do we need another monster supermarket in Welwyn Garden City?'
PUBLISHED: 15:40 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009
THE chairman of Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce has questioned whether a third 'monster' supermarket is needed in the town centre. Mark Boringdon was also concerned a retail development on the Broadwater Road side could kill off trade on the other sid
THE chairman of Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce has questioned whether a third "monster" supermarket is needed in the town centre.
Mark Boringdon was also concerned a retail development on the Broadwater Road side could kill off trade on the other side of the railway line.
He said: "It is a problem what to do on that side. It's a big open area that needs redeveloping, and Tesco owns a lot of land there.
"Something needs doing there. But truthfully, I think with Sainsbury's - assuming that redevelopment goes through - and Waitrose in the middle of increasing size quite dramatically, do we actually need a third monster supermarket in the town centre?
"I would have thought that was highly questionable, to be honest."
He said: "If Tesco builds one of its really big stores it would be a very big concern it might kill off the town centre, and I imagine the council would have that in mind, too.
"All retailers on this side would be quite reluctant to see a second centre on that side."
However, Mr Boringdon did welcome other aspects of the plans, including the swimming pool and public piazza.
"A lot of the other things they are proposing sound absolutely admirable and what the town desperately needs.
"We need more leisure facilities - that sort of thing is something WGC is short of."
Mr Boringdon added: "Obviously we welcome any development in the town as a general principle, but let's see the details before anyone makes a final decision.