New Tesco store threatens Pontcanna shops

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Ballantynes Wine Merchants Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

Cardiff Friends of the Earth is concerned about reports that supermarket giant Tesco is planning to open a One Stop convenience store in Cathedral Road, Pontcanna. Waitrose have also denied that they want to open a store in Pontcanna.

If Tesco moves into the former Ballantynes Wine Merchants in Pontcanna the area’s independent shops are likely to suffer. Tesco has done this in many other areas and it would be one more step towards clone town Britain.

Tesco has denied it wants to open a Tesco Express store or One Stop Shop in the empty shop.

There are almost 600 One Stop stores across the UK. We hope local residents will boycott the new store if it is built.

Pontcanna is well-known for its small, independently owned shops. There are fears that its local identity could be damaged by the opening of a Tesco mini-supermarket.

The supermarket would not need planning permission as it would not be a change of use of the premises.

There are a lot of younger people moving to the area who normally go to supermarkets. There is a risk that the new store could lower house prices in the area.

Local residents have expressed their concern that a second site in Pontcanna could also become a supermarket. Developers last year got permission to convert the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on Kings Road into 14 flats. They have now submitted new plans to convert it into 10 flats on the first floor, with a shop below. The landlord is in talks with supermarkets.

A new store, as well as the flats, would add to the existing parking problems in the area.

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