Campaigners today accused Tesco of targeting pubs for Express stores, amid opposition to the supermarket’s plans to move into Brundall.

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The chain hopes to open a store in the Ram pub on The Street, and through the pub’s owners, Enterpise Inns, has asked Broadland District Council about reviving a planning application, granted in 1993, for an extension on the building.

A poll on the Evening News’ website showed 69pc of people were against Tesco coming to the Broads village, with 29pc in favour.

Graham Freeman, chairman of the Norwich and Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), said: “The Ram is a viable pub with real ale, but this is something we are seeing all around the country.”

Over 200 pubs in Britain have been converted into supermarkets since January 2010, including The Firs in Hellesdon, according to figures from Camra.

The pubs are attractive to supermarkets because they often come with car parking and need little if any planning permission to convert into a shop.

But a Tesco spokesman denied they had a policy of targeting pubs.

He said: “When we do convert pubs into Express stores we bring back to life a building that would otherwise remain derelict.”

Enterprise Inns said: “Our preference is that our sites trade as pubs. However from time to time we identify a pub which is unable to deliver an appropriate level of sustainable income. We then carefully review what alternative solutions are available for that site.”

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Darren Mallett said: “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?”

But Rushee said: “Go for it Tesco as Budgens has had the cream in Brundall for years, now it might have to share it with Tesco.”

Peter Waller said: “Why this hatred of Tesco? We have the same ‘anti’ faction at Pakefield in Lowestoft, pointless.”

15 comments

  • just a simple point TESCO'S the ram public house is not derelict it is still a going concern, also for those who say budgens needs competition i understand but just be aware the express's are not always cheaper.

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    ticked off

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • It's not a pub that Tesco will be taking over, but a pile of bricks...... Question. Is it better to have it turned into a decent convenience shop, or demolished and left for ages as a dump similar to that which happened when The Woodside, at the corner of Thunder Lane was closed. Without doubt it will adversely affect some, but it could prove an asset to many.

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    Joe Rome

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Oh I didn't didn't state that "Our pubs are at the heart of local business and community life" it's a statement made by Enterprise who are busy throttling the life out of pubs with their astronomical rates.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Every time I see a comment by Piranha I think "That is so sensible, so straight to the nub". Long may it continue. The pub problem has its roots back in the days of (dare I say it) greedy local brewers like Bullards, Steward & Patteson & Morgans who sold out to Watneys to fund the lifestyle of Lotus Eaters for the principle shareholders. Watneys started "The Star Property Company" to asset strip all these cheaply gained properties. Grand Metropolitan Hotels stepped in. It`s just carrying on to the bitter end. Or the end of Bitter. Hillair Belloc warned years ago that the death of the English inn would be the death of our society. Or as Mrs. Thatcher might have said "There`s no such thing as Society".....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Enterprise Inns state that their "pubs are at the heart of local business and community life". I expect this is why they are charging extortionate rates and simply pricing the places out of the market place and then selling them wholesale.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Well if the pubs was popular and well used then there would be no need to look to other uses. Good on Tesco making use of these buildings maybe others should concider them as well, guess those moaners will moan however took them on?

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    City Boy

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I've got an HTC Android phone and that works with pretty much everything. Years ago it was Nokia and Motorola, where are they now, struggling! The poll's flawed too, its the 10 usual moaners on here who would vote against and none of them live in Brundall. Like people have said before, the people will vote with their feet and Tesco never come out badly. At least it stops the independents ripping us off. Take the two shops near me, one is a Tesco selling a 2 litre bottle of Pepsi for 89p the other is a newsagent selling a 600ml bottle for £1.25. If pubs are the heart of the community, why are so many empty? Because the government tax the living daylights out of the publicans.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Not allowed to comment. Not unusual.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Tesco megalomania apart. It wouldn't be that pubs have a licence to sell alcohol would it, meaning that a Tesco Express doesn't need to go through Licensing with the local council?

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    Mike

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Our pubs are at the heart of local business and community life.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • A local Tesco Express shop can be pretty useful if just used in an emergency. Although they are even more expensive than Tesco's large stores they stay open a very long time. I shop at Asda which I find is far superior and cheaper than Tesco which I only use for urgent odds an ends. It may be that Tesco needs additional profit to finance it's considerable property acquisitions.....

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    Ah Ha!

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Because pub groups buy pubs and deliberately run them down as a business if they see they can make more by developing the site or selling to other businesses, and the planners let them. Piranha may be right, but it is not always the case that the supermarkets are cheaper all the time. Take away the loss leaders, which includes soft drinks- (in my local Tesco Pepsi was £1.29 for 2 litres not long ago, and Lidl is selling it at the 80pish price at the moment and in a few weeks it will be back up to the high price again )-and the supermarkets are not always so cheap, especially the tesco Metros. If your local shop belongs to a good wholesaler group you might be surprised that they are routinely selling some goods at a price that Tesco describes as discounted.But Tesco will always win out because they can offer a wider choice more often than a shop buying from a wholesaler-but I think they will local price until the customers have forgotten the comparisons and then put prices up again. By wiping out local shops they are also wiping out the customer base of wholesalers that small shops buy from-now that does represent a challenge to independent trading.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Its because big companies like Tesco and Apple (grrrrr) wont be happy until they own everything and ensure that their the only things we buy come from them. Has no one noticed this especially with Apple, the whole electronic world is made to work with 90% of iTunes rubbish, and virtually not with anything else

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    markt74

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • A local Tesco Express shop can be pretty useful if just used in an emergency. Although they are even more expensive than Tesco's large stores they stay open a very long time. I shop at Asda which I find is far superior and cheaper than Tesco which I only use for urgent odds an ends. It may be that Tesco needs additional profit to finance it's considerable property acquisitions.....

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    Ah Ha!

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Just get the facts straight Archant - planning permission is not needed to change a pub into a shop (any sort of shop).......... unfortunately, hence the national campaign by CAMRA to try and get planning laws changed.

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    Lord Horn

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

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