Kinson grocer snubs Tesco buyout offer

The Shopping precinct in Kinson, set for demolition as part of plans for a new development including a Tesco

Kinson Fruit Market owner Malcolm Townsend

First published in News by

A GREENGROCER is the final hold out delaying Tesco’s plans to build a new supermarket in Bournemouth.

“It will be me on my own working in a hard hat!” said Malcolm Townsend, after the developers told him they would “commence enabling works and initial phases of the development” regardless.

His lease at the parade of shops in Kinson’s Millhams Lane does not run out until November 2013 and he is currently refusing to sell.

Developer Hampton Hill Richmond has been buying out leases on behalf of Tesco and councillors have welcomed imminent plans for a store and 243-space car park.

But shoppers now face the possibility of at least two years without the old shops who have sold up – but no supermarket either.

Mr Townsend said: “What they have actually offered me would not cover the two years profit. I’m not in the least tempted to take it at the moment.

“And it’s not all about money. I actually really enjoy being here. My wife works here, my sister works here. I feel obliged to them as well.”

What if people said he was holding up a major development that would benefit the area?

Mr Townsend said: “Virtually everyone has said to me ‘we don’t like Tesco and all these business that come along and take our shops away’.

“To some degree it will regenerate the area, but it’s very much geared towards Tesco.

“The five shop units in the development are not really designed for traders.”

He noted the shopping parade used to have a chip shop and bakery, and still has a butchers.

The award-winning Royal Oak Pub nearby also faces demolition.

Andrew McLelland, director of Hampton Hill Richmond, said: “This development is totally about regenerating Kinson, as set out in the council’s Local Plan.

“Mr Townsend has a lease until 2013 and we fully intend to respect that if he wishes to remain until the end.

“All the other retailers, including the chip shop and public house, have accepted reasonable offers to enable this major regeneration project to go ahead.

“No enabling works will take place, apart from some wildlife surveys and fencing work, so there should be no disruption to his business.

“The new retail units proposed will have prominent frontage on to Wimborne Road and the new roundabout.”

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10:08am Sat 9 Apr 11

Upkeep says...

Dont sell out Mr Townsend. Bloody Tescos. Rename Bournemouth to Tescoland !
Dont sell out Mr Townsend. Bloody Tescos. Rename Bournemouth to Tescoland ! Upkeep
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10:11am Sat 9 Apr 11

Branksome Boy says...

Sorry didn't you know it was already renamed Wellsland!
Sorry didn't you know it was already renamed Wellsland! Branksome Boy
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11:01am Sat 9 Apr 11

southofhurn says...

I would have sympathy with Mr .Townsend if the existing complex was any good. Its plain to see that its an eyesore, in need of demolition.
This area desperately needs a decent supermarket, and extra petrol station.
Please sell up and move on.
I would have sympathy with Mr .Townsend if the existing complex was any good. Its plain to see that its an eyesore, in need of demolition. This area desperately needs a decent supermarket, and extra petrol station. Please sell up and move on. southofhurn
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12:38pm Sat 9 Apr 11

EGHH says...

I knew someone who did exactly the same thing in Sussex. Except they built around his shop. Unable to compete on price he went bust. He said he regretted not taking the Big Boy's money and retiring.
I knew someone who did exactly the same thing in Sussex. Except they built around his shop. Unable to compete on price he went bust. He said he regretted not taking the Big Boy's money and retiring. EGHH
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12:48pm Sat 9 Apr 11

DemonDiva says...

Quite frankly, I'm surprised anyone buys anything from the greengrocers. It's a complete mess, looks filthy, and much as I despise Tesco, at least you walk into a clean environment to buy your fruit and veg!
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Cutting your nose off to spite your face never did anyone any good - sell while they are still offering you something! Imagine what it will be in another 6-9 months time down there.
Quite frankly, I'm surprised anyone buys anything from the greengrocers. It's a complete mess, looks filthy, and much as I despise Tesco, at least you walk into a clean environment to buy your fruit and veg! * Cutting your nose off to spite your face never did anyone any good - sell while they are still offering you something! Imagine what it will be in another 6-9 months time down there. DemonDiva
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1:30pm Sat 9 Apr 11

Tezza1965 says...

Don't be short sighted. Take the money and think yourself lucky. I know all you're doing is waiting to see if they increase their offer, but Tesco didn't get where they are today by being softies. They will wait for your lease to run out whilst building around you and you will not only lose your customers while they do that, you won't make any money and your chance to sell will have gone also.
Don't be short sighted. Take the money and think yourself lucky. I know all you're doing is waiting to see if they increase their offer, but Tesco didn't get where they are today by being softies. They will wait for your lease to run out whilst building around you and you will not only lose your customers while they do that, you won't make any money and your chance to sell will have gone also. Tezza1965
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1:44pm Sat 9 Apr 11

aghater says...

It'll take more than a mid-sized Tesco store to rejuvenate Kinson. The whole area around there has been an eyesore for as long as anyone can remember!
Still, at least Kinson isn't on a main road through to town so anyone visiting Bournemouth is none the wiser.
It'll take more than a mid-sized Tesco store to rejuvenate Kinson. The whole area around there has been an eyesore for as long as anyone can remember! Still, at least Kinson isn't on a main road through to town so anyone visiting Bournemouth is none the wiser. aghater
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2:47pm Sat 9 Apr 11

s-pb2 says...

I do see where the greengrocer is coming from. When you have built up a business over a number of years which a lot of his family are involved in, put blood sweat and toil into it, only for a monster of an organisation coming along and making a good but not amazing offer for you to give all that you have worked for up, i think i too would be pretty hacked off and not play ball.
I do see where the greengrocer is coming from. When you have built up a business over a number of years which a lot of his family are involved in, put blood sweat and toil into it, only for a monster of an organisation coming along and making a good but not amazing offer for you to give all that you have worked for up, i think i too would be pretty hacked off and not play ball. s-pb2
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3:44pm Sat 9 Apr 11

saynomore says...

"And it’s not all about money. I actually really enjoy being here. My wife works here, my sister works here. I feel obliged to them as well.”

Oh Puleeeze.
Are we supposed to believe that? Stop hanging on for more cash,another Kellys Kitchen saga.
"And it’s not all about money. I actually really enjoy being here. My wife works here, my sister works here. I feel obliged to them as well.” Oh Puleeeze. Are we supposed to believe that? Stop hanging on for more cash,another Kellys Kitchen saga. saynomore
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7:15pm Sat 9 Apr 11

Avengerboy says...

The sterility of the British high street is not helped with the loss of this green grocer, so what if they hold out for more money, rightly so! The amount of destruction that major supermarkets have wield over the British domestic food producers alone far out ways their collective convenience.
The sterility of the British high street is not helped with the loss of this green grocer, so what if they hold out for more money, rightly so! The amount of destruction that major supermarkets have wield over the British domestic food producers alone far out ways their collective convenience. Avengerboy
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9:00pm Sat 9 Apr 11

Marcus James says...

Whoever awarded the Royal Oak an award wants their eyes and senses tested urgently. The place is only fit for demolition.
As for the trader left there I can see what genus hoping for and that is to okay hard ball and push for a higher price from the developers. I think it's a dangerous game to play as these guys have a lot more money to play with than him. Let's see how much he cares about the people of Kinson. I give odds he gets more money and runs a mile.
Mr Townsend it's one thing trying to be the local hero but that means sticking it out to the end and not just pretending and waiting for the money to increase.
Whoever awarded the Royal Oak an award wants their eyes and senses tested urgently. The place is only fit for demolition. As for the trader left there I can see what genus hoping for and that is to okay hard ball and push for a higher price from the developers. I think it's a dangerous game to play as these guys have a lot more money to play with than him. Let's see how much he cares about the people of Kinson. I give odds he gets more money and runs a mile. Mr Townsend it's one thing trying to be the local hero but that means sticking it out to the end and not just pretending and waiting for the money to increase. Marcus James
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10:56pm Sat 9 Apr 11

Daddeek says...

Nothing wrong with Tesco's as such - a shop is simply a place where people go to buy stuff they need. What sets the small businesses apart is the personal service & products that the Tescos of this world don't offer. I like the smaller shops - like Castle's (Ironmonger) in Bargates & those asian greengrocers in Charminster because you can get stuff that the chain stores just don't sell.
Nothing wrong with Tesco's as such - a shop is simply a place where people go to buy stuff they need. What sets the small businesses apart is the personal service & products that the Tescos of this world don't offer. I like the smaller shops - like Castle's (Ironmonger) in Bargates & those asian greengrocers in Charminster because you can get stuff that the chain stores just don't sell. Daddeek
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10:45am Sun 10 Apr 11

theNerve says...

that Pine furniture shop moved to the motor shop,just so it can have another and another and another 'final clearance' .
green grosser.....sell up, stop beeing a numpty, nobody wants your sad brown bananas.
Butcher? he does special promotions, on eye gowging posters,cant see if he sells stuff, never seen any one in there.
and as for the award winning pub.....dont get me started, what award was it? best local pub to score a deal?.....bla bla bla
the whole place is a dump, and we need it all gone.
that Pine furniture shop moved to the motor shop,just so it can have another and another and another 'final clearance' . green grosser.....sell up, stop beeing a numpty, nobody wants your sad brown bananas. Butcher? he does special promotions, on eye gowging posters,cant see if he sells stuff, never seen any one in there. and as for the award winning pub.....dont get me started, what award was it? best local pub to score a deal?.....bla bla bla the whole place is a dump, and we need it all gone. theNerve
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12:34pm Sun 10 Apr 11

aaron989 says...

Stop holding things up! Tescos will be great for kinson!! My gran lives near buy and shes been waiting for ages for this to happen! Will save her having to take a long bus ride!!
Stop holding things up! Tescos will be great for kinson!! My gran lives near buy and shes been waiting for ages for this to happen! Will save her having to take a long bus ride!! aaron989
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1:44pm Sun 10 Apr 11

andydixon says...

Dadeek, I'm with you on the asian shops and Charminster in particular seems well served. They are great for rice, spices etc and cheaper than the supermarket for such goods. One (in charminster) even has a butchers incorporated into the shop that sercves meat that's way better than supermarkets at a competetive price.
Dadeek, I'm with you on the asian shops and Charminster in particular seems well served. They are great for rice, spices etc and cheaper than the supermarket for such goods. One (in charminster) even has a butchers incorporated into the shop that sercves meat that's way better than supermarkets at a competetive price. andydixon
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3:03pm Sun 10 Apr 11

liebert says...

Is one losing sight of the newly renovated Co-op supermarket?
This is always busy.
The greengrocer is excellent as is the butchery. Along with the Royal Oak and new oak furniture shop, this all goes well with the new kinson learning centre. Leave well alone and support your local shops!!
Is one losing sight of the newly renovated Co-op supermarket? This is always busy. The greengrocer is excellent as is the butchery. Along with the Royal Oak and new oak furniture shop, this all goes well with the new kinson learning centre. Leave well alone and support your local shops!! liebert
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7:48pm Sun 10 Apr 11

oversixty says...

liebert wrote:
Is one losing sight of the newly renovated Co-op supermarket? This is always busy. The greengrocer is excellent as is the butchery. Along with the Royal Oak and new oak furniture shop, this all goes well with the new kinson learning centre. Leave well alone and support your local shops!!
liebert- How can someone from Poole comment on what the residents of Kinson need?
Ask any young mums and they will tell you there is nowhere to buy baby clothes in Kinson and look what aaron 989 says about his gran !
All goes well with the learning centre ?
Rubbish!
[quote][p][bold]liebert[/bold] wrote: Is one losing sight of the newly renovated Co-op supermarket? This is always busy. The greengrocer is excellent as is the butchery. Along with the Royal Oak and new oak furniture shop, this all goes well with the new kinson learning centre. Leave well alone and support your local shops!![/p][/quote]liebert- How can someone from Poole comment on what the residents of Kinson need? Ask any young mums and they will tell you there is nowhere to buy baby clothes in Kinson and look what aaron 989 says about his gran ! All goes well with the learning centre ? Rubbish! oversixty
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7:04am Mon 11 Apr 11

Razzinitup says...

To all those who say Kinson needs a Tesco, No it does not. It also does not need the traffic problems it is going to cause in your lovely village.
I don’t think Bournemouth or Poole even need another superstore, how much shopping do you need to do. What Kinson needs is tidying up, some stuff for kids and sports facilities but we don’t have the money for that do we.
This grocer has every right to hold out for the duration of his lease and we should all support him.
As for those going on about The Royal Oak Pub, you obviously have not been in there.
Try a Friday night where the young way outnumber your so called old men, but what difference does that make anyway.
You all seem to forget that this is not only a profitable local business, which in itself is a rarity,
it also happens to be a family home. Shall we start knocking down other people homes to make room for another superstore?
One big shop will mean less little shops, and that means less choice in the end.
This is not Kinsons need, this is Tesco Greed.
To all those who say Kinson needs a Tesco, No it does not. It also does not need the traffic problems it is going to cause in your lovely village. I don’t think Bournemouth or Poole even need another superstore, how much shopping do you need to do. What Kinson needs is tidying up, some stuff for kids and sports facilities but we don’t have the money for that do we. This grocer has every right to hold out for the duration of his lease and we should all support him. As for those going on about The Royal Oak Pub, you obviously have not been in there. Try a Friday night where the young way outnumber your so called old men, but what difference does that make anyway. You all seem to forget that this is not only a profitable local business, which in itself is a rarity, it also happens to be a family home. Shall we start knocking down other people homes to make room for another superstore? One big shop will mean less little shops, and that means less choice in the end. This is not Kinsons need, this is Tesco Greed. Razzinitup
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12:56am Thu 21 Apr 11

b.sutton says...

I have lived in Kinson for many years, and know and shop in all the shops, and yes it has seen a detoration, BUT IS because of the 'big fish' not renewing leases and issuing new leases on shops for their easier future plans. These larger companies play games and play hard on small businesses to try and push them out, increase rents, and this has been the case for the last 10 years, but the general public do not see the 'other side of the story' as usual. The remaining shops are the ones that have had an extremely hard battle for many years, and have had absolutely NO choice than to take it. The bigger companies have beeen the main cause of running down the area for a planned considerable time, and there iis a hell of a lot more to this than meets the naked eye.
Absolutely right that Mr Townsend should fight on, one of the many shops I use, and as one of the very few grocers left in the whole of bournemouth to my knowledge, he has had my custom for over 30 years, and what, to say 'there you go' to Tesco?? The family and staff are some of the most friendliest and kind people you could meet, and work hard for what they provide, and surely over the years for very much 'no growth' thanks to the larger chains removing local businesses. Surely some due there alone.
Don't get me wrong, I fully support a Tesco, but with the right attitude, and the fair play approach.
As for money.. Even people who struggle or have very little would have principles in who they are dealing with, If big fish drag little fish into their waters, they should expect a big fish fight, not just a quick splash and paddle, no matter what the circumstance.
Fight on small shops, get what you can, then allow them in. And for those who disagree, firstly know your '10 year facts' of the rats and their bullying, then put yourself in their shoes, what would you do?
I have lived in Kinson for many years, and know and shop in all the shops, and yes it has seen a detoration, BUT IS because of the 'big fish' not renewing leases and issuing new leases on shops for their easier future plans. These larger companies play games and play hard on small businesses to try and push them out, increase rents, and this has been the case for the last 10 years, but the general public do not see the 'other side of the story' as usual. The remaining shops are the ones that have had an extremely hard battle for many years, and have had absolutely NO choice than to take it. The bigger companies have beeen the main cause of running down the area for a planned considerable time, and there iis a hell of a lot more to this than meets the naked eye. Absolutely right that Mr Townsend should fight on, one of the many shops I use, and as one of the very few grocers left in the whole of bournemouth to my knowledge, he has had my custom for over 30 years, and what, to say 'there you go' to Tesco?? The family and staff are some of the most friendliest and kind people you could meet, and work hard for what they provide, and surely over the years for very much 'no growth' thanks to the larger chains removing local businesses. Surely some due there alone. Don't get me wrong, I fully support a Tesco, but with the right attitude, and the fair play approach. As for money.. Even people who struggle or have very little would have principles in who they are dealing with, If big fish drag little fish into their waters, they should expect a big fish fight, not just a quick splash and paddle, no matter what the circumstance. Fight on small shops, get what you can, then allow them in. And for those who disagree, firstly know your '10 year facts' of the rats and their bullying, then put yourself in their shoes, what would you do? b.sutton
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