Morelands supermarket threat to established small business
A CORNER shop trader has vowed to fight plans of supermarket giant Aldi to build a new store next to the old Morelands factory site in Bristol Road – and wants others to back her campaign.
A second Aldi store for Gloucester would strike a devastating blow for nearby family-run business Griffin Stores.
The New Street shop has been trading there for 70 years, but manager Debbie Griffin is worried a new superstore nearby may drive her out of business. She has started a petition against the move and is calling for community support. "Protecting local businesses is something I feel passionately about," she said.
"Our family has been here for 70 years and we need to make sure the shop has a future. If Aldi does open here, it would be very difficult for us, and other businesses in this area."
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Loyal customer Lisa Bayes, from Linden, has vowed to back Debbie's campaign.
"I absolutely disagree with the new store coming to the area. I am concerned it will create a lot of traffic and people will start to avoid the area all together. I have always used the Griffin's friendly corner shop since I was little and now I bring my own children here. They have everything you could possibly need and the staff cannot do enough for you."
City MP Richard Graham said he is keeping a careful eye on the situation. "Until we know exactly what is planned for this site it is difficult to comment. I would be interested to know the size of any building and what exactly they would be selling," he said. "I would be most concerned if it were anything that threatened the livelihood of the Griffins, or any other local businesses."