Supermarket giant Tesco hopes to move into a Broads village by taking over a pub.

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The chain wants to turn the Ram pub in Brundall into a Tesco Express store and hopes to revive a 20-year-old planning application as part of the move.

The pub’s owners, Enterprise Inns and Tesco first approached Broadland District Council at the start of December.

They are now talking to the legal branch of Norfolk County Council - NP Law - about whether the planning application from 1993, which was for an extension on the pub, could be revived.

The extension was never built.

The potential move to the village has sparked fears among shop owners.

Andrew Bevan, from Brundall Pet and Hardware, said: “As a retailer I’m concerned.

“I think it would have a negative effect on the village.

“Any loss of the pub would also be a major concern.”

And Jinx Hundal, 36, who owns the Budgens in Brundall, said he was “disturbed” by the news.

“We are quite a close-knit village,” he said. “This couldn’t have hit us between the eyes at a worse time.”

Brundall firms held their first meeting to set up a business forum two weeks ago to discuss how they could work together with no knowledge of Tesco’s plans.

Mr Hundal said he feared customers would be drawn away from the parade of village shops in The Street towards the Tesco store.

But a spokesman for the supermarket said: “‘Our Tesco Express convenience stores are extremely popular with customers and communities.

“We have shown an interest in the Ram pub but this is very early in the process and no firm or final decision has been made.

“We will keep the community updated as we move forward.”

A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns said the company was “reviewing its options” for the Ram but no decision over leasing it to Tesco had been made.

45 comments

  • The real issue for me is the fact it is always the likes of Enterprise Inns, or other organisations that own far too many pubs. They are very selective about the ones they want to retain as core to their business and then let the others deteriorate with minimal investment and a succession of short term tenants. is it any wonder that local people vote with their feet and stay away, playing into the hands of the owners who can then say there is no demand, and no market either, so all they can do is sell it to supermarket chains or for housing. I would be horrified at the prospect of traffic chaos if I lived near the Ram. Tesco seem to get away with minimal traffic management measures - just look at the constant snarl ups at Earlham Fiveways or Unthank Rd.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Oh joy, I can see it now ... Welcome to Norwich, A fine city - Sponsored by Tesco.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I don't think the 'haters', as we're branded, have much against the staff, service or value Tesco. Of greater concern is the effect their market power has on UK farmers, who find themselves dependent on EU subsidies because their own domestic supermarket sector has them by the balls - making a loss on grains, milk et cetera... nobody claims Tesco are alone in their crusade to own the high street, but a companies actions can't be justified simply because others are it! Tesco take the flak because they appear to have the most brutal expansion policies. Of course people shop there when it arrives, we're poor. This country is poor. Tesco have us by the balls as much as they do their own suppliers- we oppose their proposals because we know we are weak. It's what happens when citizens are reduced to consumers.

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Tesco cant force anyone to shop with them. Its done from choice.

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    Abraham

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • norwichwardy, if people USED the pubs, they wouldn`t close. I expect it`s because local people prefer the cheaper booze on offer at.......Tesco.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Just to clarify something that Christopher Hall has said - 'Tesco will get their planning permission' - in fact, Tesco do not need planning permission to convert the pub to a shop. The local Council is hamstrung by existing national planning legislation which means that pubs can change to any sort of retail shop without planning permission being required. Maybe local MPs could be pressured to try and change this at a national level as there is little that can be done at a local level unless legislation is changed.

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    Lord Horn

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Whenever a new Tesco is proposed the 'anti' brigade go into overdrive. We are led to believe nobody wants it but when opened the new Tesco will be packed. Happens every time.

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    country bumkin

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • James Cross No 67% Yes 33% what does that tell you???????????? and you state they provide jobs....not to the people thy've forced out of one by building their shop...so where's the justice?. most little shops try and compete..their prices may be high...but so is Tesco Express..compared to their bigger shops...anything to add to that?

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    FredJ

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Christopher Neave - You didn't think to use the shoppers car park 100 yards up the road? You HAD to park next to the front door? It's because people are so bloody lazy that car parks get full in the first place.

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    Rob_H

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The traffic is bad enough around the church,can you imagine what it will be like with a Tesco express and constant traffic,delivery vehicles from early morning to late at night.

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    Darren Mallett

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I'ts surely just a matter of time before they open up a branch on the Moon...

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    Nexus_6

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Deary me! All this hate! If the local shops were so good they would survive Tesco wouldn't they? There is a reason Tesco's keep building these shops and that's because people want to shop there! If the local shop is worried it's because they are providing you with a sub standard service at an over inflated price! If the local shop cant adapt it perhaps shouldn't be there in the first place! Goodbye to all those who fall! Tesco's provide instructor, regeneration of the local area, jobs and a good service what is bad about that?

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    James Cross

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • tescos, leave our pubs alone

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    norwichwardy

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Hello Tesco’s, bye, bye Budgens.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Anyone but Tescos.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Tesco will get their planning permission. They have an uncanny knack of getting just what they want. The taking over a pub could set a devastating trend as there is a large number of empty pubs around. Tesco will always present themselves as saviours by the bringing of jobs. Short term this may be of benefit. Long term ,communities will be destroyed. Prior to Tesco arriving at Stalham there was a thriving high street full of locally owned shops. Today it consists mainly of charity shops and hairdressers. Southwold is a classic example of local public opinion being ignored and a Tesco being allowed to open. Apparently, Tesco promised that they would restrict certain sales to avoid competition with local newsagents. But in a matter of weeks there were complaints that this was not the case. One thing for sure if , more when, this pub is allowed to become a Tesco express it will destroy all competition for miles around. It is what Tesco is all about. The must be stopped.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • It`s funny how expressions like "have us by the balls" are allowed on this site. Usually Archant would find that "offensive".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • On visiting Brundall yesterday I was appalled at the traffic problem outside Budgens. All parking spaces were taken and vehicles parking on the side of the road, double yellow lines as well if I remember correctly. As far as I know Budgens is the only shop in Brundall so another would be good to reduce the parking problem that I saw at 10.00am in the morning. Because of this I did not stop for a paper as I intended.

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    Christopher Neave

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The prospect of Broadland Norfolk stepping out of the Dark ages is Wroxymoronic; it hasn`t stepped in yet. Need a hanky now; that bit about the poor farmers has me in tears. Of laughter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Tesco are like a disease...spreading everywhere..they will be coming to Anglia Square next no doubt...they never gave up on the Unthank Road plot, they never give up.

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    delgirl

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Everybody loved the idea of Asda but nobody wants Tesco? Truly I do not understand.

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    oldowl

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • It is simple. Tesco poison the local economy. They suck the life out of other businesses. Then when they have achieved the near monopoly that is their goal - the prices go up. The only answer is to boycott them.

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    bookie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Experience from Unthank Road: Tesco's behave like bullies and don't listen to the local community who signed petition to reject application. Just boycott Tesco's and use local stores -- Tesco's Unthank Road seems pretty thin on customers as a result of their behaviour on applications.......

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    Lise

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The real issue for me is the fact it is always the likes of Enterprise Inns, or other organisations that own far too many pubs. They are very selective about the ones they want to retain as core to their business and then let the others deteriorate with minimal investment and a succession of short term tenants. is it any wonder that local people vote with their feet and stay away, playing into the hands of the owners who can then say there is no demand, and no market either, so all they can do is sell it to supermarket chains or for housing. I would be horrified at the prospect of traffic chaos if I lived near the Ram. Tesco seem to get away with minimal traffic management measures - just look at the constant snarl ups at Earlham Fiveways or Unthank Rd.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Agree with S.Taylor. Nimbys are against new houses, new roads, new shops, new jobs, improvements to infrastructure, choice, opportunities and progress in general. Bet you they will shop at the new Tesco though, along with all the others.

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    Abraham

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • It looks like the majority of these comments are against Tesco planning to invade Brundall. I agree that they ruin the local community and that villages like ours should stay as a community and independent from the big supermarkets. Also the traffic around the Ram is bad enough with cars parked either side and the local church and hall nearby. Surely the increased traffic around here would be a real issue with people in and out of the proposed Tesco car park. I for one will not be shopping there and urge others to boycott this proposed move.

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    Mrs Local

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Go for it Tesco as Budgens has had had the cream in Brundall for years now it might have to share it with Tesco

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    Rushee

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Go for it Tesco as Budgens has had had the cream in Brundall for years now it might have to share it with Tesco

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    Rushee

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • The introduction of a Tesco will be a backward step for the rest of the village. As a resident what I like about Brundall is the wide range of independent shops and services available in the village, however if Tesco comes in there's no way these businesses will be sustainable - we are a VILLAGE not a town or city suburb. I'm surprised at the anti-Budgens comments, I always find the staff polite and friendly. Its not just Budgens that would be affected, the Hardware store would aswell. considering all the other shops etc, what the village really lacks is a decent pub. I won't be sorry to see The Ram close as it is awful and the Yare isn't much better. The White Horse was better but was flattened to make way for executive housing. A really nice, friendly, independent pub with a good atmosphere would be a good addition to the village.

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    Row71

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Deary me! All this hate! If the local shops were so good they would survive Tesco wouldn't they? There is a reason Tesco's keep building these shops and that's because people want to shop there! If the local shop is worried it's because they are providing you with a sub standard service at an over inflated price! If the local shop cant adapt it perhaps shouldn't be there in the first place! Goodbye to all those who fall! Tesco's provide instructor, regeneration of the local area, jobs and a good service what is bad about that?

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    James Cross

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • That's 'Tesco' for you...do what I did 7 years ago...I refuse to shop there..people should vote with their feet and head in the opposite direction..there are other less greedy enterprises than Tesco

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    Sandi

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • tesco, every little hurts

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    cm85

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Fracking El, why is waht S Taylor said piffle? Because you dont agree? Sounds like the truth to me. The Ram isnt the heart of the community, its an empty pub which has seen better days and should be taken over by a company which will make good use out of it. Brundall needs to step out of the dark ages.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I really don't mind tescos opening shops everywhere. It's that the last few I've noticed are in pubs. Yes I understand these pubs are underused but once they turn in to a tescos or a block of flats they will never ever be a pub again, Brundall will be down to a single pub, and for a growing community that is just so sad. Maybe a bit of investment could turn pubs like the Ram around, maybe the government tax system on alcohol could be a bit fairer on pubs. Either way I fear the day villages forever loose their local character and communal watering holes.

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    jonno1805

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • It's time Tesco's was stopped from taking over every Town and now village. Soon there will be no shops left anywhere apart from Tesco's and then we all know what will happen. I will not shop at their stores for this reason, if everyone did the same perhaps they would go out of business.

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    Lynda

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Spot on, James Cross. While you can understand that the "little local" shops do not have the economies of scale and buying power of Tesco, many of them are in some kind of buying group arrangement. What makes them stand out is the rudeness\slowness of the staff (unless you`re a relative), high prices and, all too often, awful goods. I`ve had blue bread, floating eggs and putrid potatoes from my "local" store. Bring on Tesco.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The objection to any change in Brundall never ceases to amaze me. A tesco express would be great in the village and as soon as they build some new houses there will be more than enough customers to go round. But same people moaning about tesco are moaning about new houses as well. More building, more people, more shops, more jobs, more money, sounds good to me.

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    S Taylor

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I certainly DO NOT USE Tesco's NEVER will.... They take over everything they can lay their greedy little hands on....... It's a matter of LOYALTY...to local shops and communities......Siansbury's and Asda don't build where ever ther's a shop or pub...they start from new!! that's the difference.... cm tesos every liitle hurts....not if you don't go!! Fracking...nicely put! Lies iv'e noticed that...maybe becuase all the REAL shops are all on the otherside and people can just wander inout as they please.... country bumkin....I am most certainly ANTI tesco and always will be....I vote with my feet and money...i'm not going to make them any more greedy that they already are. When they take over say...your local pub we'll see what you think then!!...... Speak soon all my anti tesco friends...

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    FredJ

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Sorry, that should have been Norman Hall not Christopher.

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    Lord Horn

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • It seems everyone has missed the point here. Once this pub is gone, there's no return. It may not be the best - or the most attractive building, but it serves a community. Tesco's don't, nor do they care - it will just be another source of income. Many other businesses in the village will struggle or close and the heart of this end of Brundall will be spoilt. Remember why you moved to a village in the first place!

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    Judy

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • S Taylor, what a load of piffle you have just wrote.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • It must be a minority of people who don't want Tesco as they seem to thrive as people go there to shop. I suspect that moast moaners still use one of the big 4 supermarkets themselves rather than the more expensive local shops.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • This is great news for Brundall. The Ram is an awful pub and I'm amazed it has stayed open this long. At least the residents of Brundall will no longer have to put up with the drunken smokers outside the front, selection of fast food vans in the car park and only yesterday, trails of vomit all down the street starting just outside the Ram entrance. As for Budgens, perhaps some local competition will make them think about their prices and customer service a bit more. I think if anything it will bring more business to the other shops in Brundall. It just needs a McDonalds to finally move into the former Little Chef site and maybe a Starbucks to replace one of the estate agents - preferably Howards.

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    smithy

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I find this constant anti-Tescos feeling somewhat disturbing. What do you all know that the rest of us don't? I am sure all the people they employ and the number of Norwich households kept afloat by them aren't complaining. Would you all make the same comments if it were say Sainsburys or Asda? Doubt it.

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    JanieH

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Why this hatred of Tesco. We have the same anti faction at Pakefield in Lowestoft, pointless.

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    peter waller

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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