Christchurch supermarket battle like a “Mexican standoff”

Bournemouth Echo: The plans for the Asda store The plans for the Asda store

A TRADERS’ leader has described the latest situation in Christchurch’s supermarket battle as a “Mexican standoff”.

Councillors will tonight decide on whether to allow a Morrisons at Beagle on Stony Lane and a revised food store scheme for Meteor Retail Park in Somerford.

But the Daily Echo revealed that Asda was threatening to pull out of rival plans for a supermarket at the Quantum site in Bailey Drive if councillors approved the other schemes.

Peter Watson-Lee, president of Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “This is a real Mexican Standoff.

“We have three major developers pouring large resources into obtaining planning permissions for three separate supermarkets, whilst the evidence is that there is just not the local demand to support such a number of additional stores.

“It would be interesting to watch them manoeuvre for advantage were it not for the fact that the trade diversion that may result as they battle it out could cause major and lasting damage to the high street and town centre stores.”

Tonight’s special meeting of the planning committee will be beginning at 6pm and the Daily Echo will be covering the meeting live online.

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11:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

twynham says...

The answer is simple, refuse planning to all three!
The answer is simple, refuse planning to all three! twynham

12:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FrogKiss says...

Can we please have an official statement from ASDA HQ confirming they will pull out, rather than repeating at verbatim the threats that Quantum are making.
Can we please have an official statement from ASDA HQ confirming they will pull out, rather than repeating at verbatim the threats that Quantum are making. FrogKiss

12:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bring it on.see how we manage without you
Bring it on.see how we manage without you kalebmoledirt

5:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

boohoo69 says...

Just let us have Morrisons
Just let us have Morrisons boohoo69

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