The news today that Tesco Metro in the Chantry Centre is to close on the 30th June is a big blow to the town centre.
Cllr Tony Hooke, UKIP Hampshire County Councillor said: “This news is devastating not only for the 57 people who will potentially lose their jobs, but also for the surrounding businesses. Tesco has one of the most advanced retail intelligence systems in Europe, and at this moment in time they can clearly see no future in that area.”
He went on to say “As a company, Tesco have a responsibility to our wider community. In recent years, they have opened numerous sites around Andover and extended their operation at River Way. With this in mind, I shall be writing an open letter to Tesco, asking them to reconsider their position.”
“As of this afternoon, Liz Ferla will be launching one of her famous petitions. Although this is not the time to apportion blame, I must highlight the fact that I asked TVBC to take action 2 years ago, to help support businesses in the town centre. Had they acted then, potentially this crisis could have been averted. Rest assured, Tesco and TVBC have not heard the last of this.”