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Norwich shopkeepers warn over arrival of Morrisons store in north of city

Peter Knowles who runs Ink Exchange off Aylsham Road.

Peter Knowles who runs Ink Exchange off Aylsham Road.

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Shopkeepers spoke out about their fears for the future yesterday after Morrisons revealed their plans to move into the north of the city.

As revealed in the Evening News on Friday, the supermarket giant wants to build a 20,000 sq ft food store on the site of Goff Petroleum, off Aylsham Road.

Morrisons said the medium-sized store, which would be their third in the city, would create up to 250 jobs and revamp the four-acre site.

But ahead of a public exhibition on the plans, today and tomorrow, businesses in the area said they were concerned about Morrisons’ arrival.

Rajivan Rakunathan, 33, who owns the convenience store on Aylsham Road, said: “We are 100pc against it. We have a Tesco, Co-op and a Lidl, who we are fighting.

“If they come with a Morrisons next to me I will lose my customers and my business.

“I don’t know what to do. I’m really upset.”

Peter Knowles, who runs Ink Exchange on Aylsham Crescent, said: “I don’t see how we’ll get any business from them.

“I think it will affect the bakers and newsagents more than us.

“The parking here is quite atrocious so if you can park, you will go there.

“People will not then walk up here and buy cartridges.”

The public exhibition will be held at St Catherine’s Church in Aylsham Road today from midday to 6pm and on Friday from 10am to 6.30pm.

What do you think of the plans? Vote online in our poll at www.eveningnews24.co.uk

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