Tesco move to former Welwyn Garden City pub moves closer with application lodged

16:20 11 December 2012

Haldens Councillor Ben Yetts outside the Oak Tavern

Haldens Councillor Ben Yetts outside the Oak Tavern

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PLANS to convert a former pub into a Tesco in Welwyn Garden City are a step closer after a planning application was lodged.

The retail giant wants to transform the Oak Tavern in Moors walk into a convenience store but a ward councillor is unconvinced by the designs.

Cllr Ben Yetts said: “The plans don’t tell what they want to have in store in terms of store facilities.

“I have asked them a couple of terms I have limited correspondence with Tesco.

“It is going to have a negative impact on Lidl and if there is a bakery in there it will have a negative impact on Simmons, which is a local spot where people like to have a cup of tea.

“However many jobs it is going to provide in opening this store it is going to have a negative impact on other store – that’s one of the reasons I have raised concerns.”

Tesco lodged the plans after the beleaguered boozer was suddenly shut by Punch Taverns in October.

Residents can air their views on the plans until next Tuesday when the public consultation ends.

6 comments

  • Lidl & Tesco customers are 2 very different species so there will not be a great deal of competition. As for Simmons, Tesco will not take up valuable floor space for a coffee shop in such a small store so what is the problem? Or is it because Tesco have another property?

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    Lu13

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Ben Yetts needs to get real. Simmons will not be affected, I for one will always go there for my bread. Lidl will be fine, Mr Yetts clearly has never shopped in there to know how appalling the place is, 5 people in the shop yet I'm still queueing for 10 minutes. I read previously that Ben also works for Tesco, so he'd better be careful or he'll find himself out of a job!

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    FirstBaseman

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I think it is a good idea, not everyone wants to shop at Lydl or Simmons, and Tesco's smaller shops are open later and later on Sundays.

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    Tiger

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • hooray for tesco.its good to have competition for us public.and they are creating jobs.goodbye the oak.may tesco live long and prosper .well done tesco cant wait to start shopping.

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    cliff

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I think it is a good idea, not everyone wants to shop at Lydl or Simmons, and Tesco's smaller shops are open later and later on Sundays.

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    Tiger

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Lidl & Tesco customers are 2 very different species so there will not be a great deal of competition. As for Simmons, Tesco will not take up valuable floor space for a coffee shop in such a small store so what is the problem? Or is it because Tesco have another property?

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    Lu13

    Friday, December 14, 2012

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