Not another Tesco please

(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)

The prospect of another Tesco store in Swansea (We Say, Wednesday 27 July) is hardly good news for struggling local businesses, no matter how impressed we might be with the “drive-through” gimmick.

Across the UK, thousands of small local businesses have disappeared over the last ten years because they just can’t compete with the giant retailers like Tesco.

These organisations care little for the communities they supposedly serve and their only loyalty is to their shareholders. They are the commercial equivalent of locusts, whose aim is to strip local economies of every penny of profit with no thought for the livelihoods that are destroyed as a result.

For all the profits that are made in Tesco, relatively little stays within the locality.
Research has shown that for every £1 spent at a large supermarket, 90p leaves the area – whereas every £1 spent with a local supplier is worth £1.76 to the local economy.

Add to this the environmental impact of supermarkets in increased traffic through centralised supply chains and out of town locations, and something we take for granted as being good for our city begins to look altogether less.

The best way to ride out our current economic difficulties and protect ourselves against future recessions would be to promote self-reliance within communities and regions. Revival and support of the local economy is of the greatest importance and we need to enable more local needs to be met by local work using local resources

Far better to focus on small-scale, localised and community owned enterprise such as farmers markets, where producers can sell direct to consumers in their local area.

Its more sustainable and environmentally friendly, and would enrich local people and the community rather than the anonymous shareholders of multinational corporations.


Keith M Ross
Swansea Green Party


3 responses to this post.

  1. Published in full in today’s Evening Post.


  2. I would be interested to see the source of the statistics to show how much of the money spent stays in the locality, as the source was not quoted in the letter. My parents live in a medium sized town (c.10,000) and there are plans for a new Tesco store, which according to research in the local paper would be welcomed by over 2/3rds of residents. As ever, it is the local chamber of commerce who is opposing the plans purely for defensive self-interest reasons, when in actual fact the new store could in fact help to keep a lot shoppers in the town who currently travel to supermarkets elsewhere and also help the environment as a result.


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