There are at least 1,712 residents of Worthing and the surrounding area feeling rather frustrated at the moment, and probably quite a few more. This is, of course, due to the imminent opening of a ninth Tesco store to be opened in the district, despite a petition campaigning against it.
Yesterday the BBC’s local news show, South Today came to Worthing to discuss the topic with residents, as well as hearing from Bennett Griffin and Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce’s Peter Bennett.
A champion of local business, Peter was fantastic at expressing the concerns of many who believe that such a high saturation of one large chain is likely to have a detrimental effect on local businesses.
This is due to the fact that with such a dominant national brand becoming dominant in such a small area, local businesses will struggle to offer products as low in price and as varied as the supermarket giant.
For those of you who view the ninth Tesco store as ‘Every Little Helps’ going a little too far, there’s only one way that you can help your local community, and that is to Buy Local.
thebestofworthing champions the ‘Buy Local’ campaign, which asks people to support their local businesses by doing their shopping, grabbing a coffee, or getting a haircut with the locally run, locally owned, and locally sustained businesses in their town.
Keep an eye out for the ‘Buy Local’ stickers in and around Worthing; if you run a local business in the town and want to show your support, send us an email on Worthing@thebestof.co.uk and ask for a sticker!