BUSINESS OWNERS have labelled plans to bring a branch of Tesco to an Anglesey village as ‘disgraceful’.
Plans to remove the Texaco petrol station in Benllech have been accepted by Anglesey County Council, and it is widely understood in the village that a branch of Tesco Express will take its place.
Staff have been told that the supermarket chain will take over the store in January, but the current owners of the petrol station, Lewis Forecourt Ltd have refused to comment on the application.
Owners of businesses in the village have expressed fears over the effect the supermarket chain could have on competition.
John Riley of John Marsden Butcher, Benllech said: “I think my business will be devastated by this. If they sell meat in their shop it will have a huge effect on our shop.
“We sell local produce, and I’m on the limit as it is. I can guarantee that us and the other butchers in town will be forced to close within a year.”
“We’ll lose all our smaller shops, and Benllech won’t be Benllech any more.”
Mrs Gwenda Parry, owner of the Village Shop in neighbouring village Moelfre, said:
“I think it’s disgraceful that such a big business can come to a small village on Anglesey. Even the bigger towns are struggling with supermarkets, so who knows what effect it could have on our villages.
"I can’t compete with big supermarkets like Tesco and Asda. I offer a service in my shop, we know the people in the village, and we deliver to older people. Places like Tesco can’t do that.
"They’re killing the local businesses and I really feel for the businesses owners in Benllech. They wouldn’t think about coming here unless they knew they could make a profit, so they’re effectively just trying to make profit from our community.”