Corner shop v Aldi in David v Goliath battle
IN a David vs Goliath battle Griffin's Friendly Corner Shop is taking on supermarket giant Aldi.
A planning application was submitted back in August for an Aldi store on the corner of Bristol Road and Clifton Road, near the former Morelands match factory site.
Now, staff at Griffin's Friendly Corner Shop, which has been in the city for more than 70 years, have started a petition against the plans for the 1,680sqm store as they fear it will steal their trade.
Manager Debbie Griffin said: "I was upset and shocked when I saw the planning application, we had no idea.
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"They didn't contact us or any other businesses here and I thought they might have done.
"We are worried that a lot of our shoppers will go there if the application is successful.
"Supermarkets are everywhere now. There's not a lot you can do about it, they are taking over."
Mrs Griffin has lost count of the number of people who have signed the petition and said support is strong.
"We have had great support from our customers, they are behind us all the way," she said.
"The shop has been in my family for four generations, we know the local customers very well and they know us.
"Coming into our shop is like going back in time a little bit. We still have all the old shelves. People like that."
Gloucester town crier Alan Myatt lives near the shop and has been using it for decades.
He said: "It is a lovely, traditional corner shop run by lovely people.
"They have started this petition and I would urge people to come in and sign it.
"They provide a wonderful service to the community and have done for many years."
Meanwhile, Aldi insists its offering will pose no threat to Griffin's.
Aldi, which was recently voted the UK's best supermarket in the Which? 2013 awards, also has another store just three miles away in Bristol Road, Quedgeley.
An Aldi spokesman said: "We are progressing with our planning application and are in continued dialogue with the local authority.
"We offer something different to convenience stores and do not see ourselves competing with these types of shops."
The site for the proposed store is less than half a mile from Sainsbury's at St Ann Way and Tesco Express in Bristol Road and slightly more than that to Lidl in Canada Wharf, off Bristol Road.
It is under a mile from Asda in Bruton Way and a mile-and-a-half from Morrisons at the Railway Triangle, due to open this autumn, and Tesco at St Oswald's.
The petition will be in the shop for the next two weeks when it will be submitted to the city council.