Ottery Chamber of Commerce would prefer Sainsbury's

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 June 2010

AN OVERWHELMING majority of Ottery s Chamber of Commerce members would prefer to see a Sainsbury s and not a Tesco in the town.

AN "OVERWHELMING majority" of Ottery's Chamber of Commerce members would prefer to see a Sainsbury's and not a Tesco in the town.

The chamber met earlier this month to air views over proposals by both supermarket chains, who want to build Ottery stores.

Chamber chairman Viv Abbott said: "There was a good representation and we found Sainsbury's would be more acceptable- some would see it as an asset.

"Our town centre traders are diverse and food outlets have grave concerns, but the majority saw the benefits of free town centre parking."

"We felt if we are going to have a supermarket in Ottery, which it seems we will, lets have something that can add better features. We are looking to preserve the town's character - and it would be nice to see what can be done to enhance it."

Sainsbury's said this week that feedback it received from Otery's shopkeepers at last week's public exhibition echoed this view.

A spokesperson said more than 80 per cent of 43 traders questioned said they would welcome its proposed store, with 95 per cent believing a central food store with free parking would help bring people into the town and stop it leaking shoppers to surrounding areas.

Adrian Lea, who owns the Curious Otter bookshop, said town traders are currently "hanging on" and a central supermarket would lead to a better shopping experience in Ottery.

He added: "Overall Ottery is quieter than it should be. High car parking charges put people from surrounding villages off coming here- another thing is there is no supermarket. While we have two shops selling those kinds of goods there is nowhere nearby to park easily. Sainsbury's solves both problems- attracting people who are not coming in at the moment.

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