In 1998, the government commissioned a study of the impact of big stores on market towns. It found that when a large supermarket is built on the edge of the centre, other food shops lose between 13 and 50% of their trade.
The result is the closure of some town centre food retailers; increases in vacancy levels; and a general decline in the quality of the environment of the centre.
Towns are hit especially hard where supermarkets “are disproportionately large compared with the size of the centre”.
In these cases the superstore becomes the new town centre, leaving the high street to shrivel.
Read George Monbiot’s article in full…
The Tesco Effect, as witnessed by me, on my local high street…