Sainsbury's to former India House pub in Barton?
SUPERMARKET chain Sainsbury's looks set to open a store in Barton.
Plans were approved earlier this month to raze the empty India House pub to the ground and build a convenience store in its place, despite a 1,200 name petition against the proposals.
Now Sainbury's Supermarkets Limited has made a licensing application for the site of the pub, in Barton Street, which closed in February last year.
Residents in the area have met the news with disdain, and fear it will have a detrimental affect on local businesses.
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Tony Ward, of the Barton and Tredworth Neighbourhood Partnership (BTNP), said: "I think it is a really bad idea. Safety is an issue as it is right on a bend, it is a really busy road.
"It will definitely have an impact on the shops in Barton.
"There's no way they can compete with the prices of Sainsbury's."
However, councillor Said Hansdot (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: "Some residents do want it here, plus it will bring the area up too.
"I do feel for the traders though, they have their livelihoods at stake."
A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "We believe a new convenience shop will be of great benefit to the area, by creating new jobs and improving shopping choice for local residents.
"We are a responsible retailer by seeking to be a good neighbour and playing an active role in the community, which includes promoting safer neighbourhoods."