Historic pub to become road's second Tesco Express in Wimbledon

Historic pub to become road's second Tesco Express

The Grove Tavern is set to become a Tesco Express - 500 yards away from an existing Tesco Express

The Grove Tavern is set to become a Tesco Express - 500 yards away from an existing Tesco Express

The Grove Tavern is set to become a Tesco Express - 500 yards away from an existing Tesco Express

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A historic pub is set to become a Tesco Express despite being just 500 yards - or a two minute walk - from a Tesco Express.

The Grove Tavern, built in the 19th century at the junction of Kingston Road and Morden Road, was closed earlier this year and bought by an unknown owner.

Earlier this month, Tesco made a series of planning applications to Merton Council to convert the building into a Tesco Express.

There is already a Tesco Express store nearby, at the Esso garage site in Morden Road.

Dale Ingram, from pub protection campaigners Camra, said Tesco was highly likely to succeed because planning law lumps pubs and supermarkets in the same category.

She said: “With the rumour circulating that the tile shop across the road is to become a Sainsbury’s Local, it would appear South Wimbledon is ripe for an explosion in obesity.

“There will be four convenience goods shops within 100 yards of each other. Pointless.

“The Grove was a much loved local with a loyal music following. What is going to happen to the upper floors is anybody’s guess, but I would venture an application for self contained flats cannot be far away.”

A Tesco Express is so named because it is a considered a convenience store, as opposed to a supermarket, and is less than 280 sq m in size.

A Tesco Metro is generally bigger is considered by the company to be an urban supermarket.

Matthew Magee, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said: “The two stores would serve different types of customers.

"The Express store in the Esso garage serves car-borne traffic, often passing through the area while using the petrol facilities.

“The store at the former Grove pub we expect to be residents on foot who are using the Tube station.

“We are looking forward to creating about 20 new jobs and providing a new convenient store for our customers.”

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11:24am Sat 18 Aug 12

hawk1979 says...

Here is an idea why not get rid of every other shop and open up more Tesco stores. I think this means Wimbledon / South Wimbledon has about 4 or 5 Tesco stores now
Here is an idea why not get rid of every other shop and open up more Tesco stores. I think this means Wimbledon / South Wimbledon has about 4 or 5 Tesco stores now hawk1979
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3:10pm Sat 18 Aug 12

tjames says...

lbmerton should insist on improvements to the adjacent crossroad
lbmerton should insist on improvements to the adjacent crossroad tjames
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7:01pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Tobermory says...

I feel sorry for the independant convenience stores at the junction I guess its just another nail in the coffin for local shop keepers.
I feel sorry for the independant convenience stores at the junction I guess its just another nail in the coffin for local shop keepers. Tobermory
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11:05pm Sat 18 Aug 12

mangad says...

It's a shame this story wasn't reported before the planning consultation closed. For whilst Tesco do not need to have planning permission to turn this pub into yet another bloomin' Tesco, they do need planning permission to turn this in to the Tesco they want it to be.

As it is, some of us have had our say but anyone reading this story is now not able to as the planning consultation has closed.

The conversion of the Grove in to a Tesco is not a certainty - just (sadly, due to planning regulations), very likely. But maybe if more people had known in advance it would have been fractionally less likely;
It's a shame this story wasn't reported before the planning consultation closed. For whilst Tesco do not need to have planning permission to turn this pub into yet another bloomin' Tesco, they do need planning permission to turn this in to the Tesco they want it to be. As it is, some of us have had our say but anyone reading this story is now not able to as the planning consultation has closed. The conversion of the Grove in to a Tesco is not a certainty - just (sadly, due to planning regulations), very likely. But maybe if more people had known in advance it would have been fractionally less likely; mangad
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