Store defends bakery plan

TESCO has responded to traders who fear its plan for an in-store bakery in the new supermarket could hit their businesses.

Shopkeepers expressed concerns when signs went up round the site of the new store proclaiming there would be a bakery in the shop.

There are four bakeries – Sterchi's, Cooplands, Carlines, and Matthew's Home Bakery – in the town and some feared they would lose out to the supermarket.

The company has defended the development and said the supermarket would be a catalyst for increased trade among other shops in Filey.

A spokesman for Tesco told the Mercury: "The store will attract people in the town who will use the facilities and will actually help other businesses' trade in the town.

"At the moment people are not doing their food shopping in Filey, they are going to the supermarkets in Scarborough and this means businesses in Filey are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of trade.

"We can stop that leakage of trade by opening a supermarket which will mean people can remain in Filey to shop.

"As the store will be in the town centre, customers can park on the site and be in close proximity of the other shops, the footfall in Filey will increase as a result of this and mean custom for businesses in the town."

However, baker Geoff Carline, who runs a business at the nearby Brig Centre, said he was disappointed at the news.

He said: "They have said previously they wouldn't have a bakery in the store because they were thinking about the other four bakers in the town.

"I'm not saying they shouldn't sell bread or anything like that, but they could have a small bake-off area and not a large bakery.

"All of the bakers get on well in Filey and do a steady trade, this will knock us for six a little when it opens."

Mr Carline added despite his concerns he actually expected business to pick up again once customers had experienced the new Tesco store.

Another baker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "The shops in Filey will battle and fight to go on but some will face a struggle.

"Tesco say that people will stay in Filey because of the store and it

will keep more people in the town but certain shoppers will always prefer different supermarkets that aren't in Filey and go there instead.

"If it is bad weather people will probably park at Tesco and do all of their shopping from their because they have all of the various facilities under one roof.

"They won't come into Filey and we will lose the town centre."

A spokesman for Tesco told the Mercury: "The store will attract people in the town who will use the facilities and will actually help other businesses' trade in the town.

"At the moment people are not doing their food shopping in Filey, they are going to the supermarkets in Scarborough and this means businesses in Filey are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of trade.

"We can stop that leakage of trade by opening a supermarket which will mean people can remain in Filey to shop.

"As the store will be in the town centre, customers can park on the site and be in close proximity of the other shops, the footfall in Filey will increase as a result of this and mean custom for businesses in the town."