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Witney needs better choice of supermarkets
11:00am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Letters
Sir – I am extremely frustrated at the lack of supermarkets in Witney.
Since moving to the town eight years ago I have seen it double in size, with new houses being built and plans for more. Carterton has grown as well.
The main supermarket is Sainsbury’s. On visiting twice last week, I found the shelves empty, the place packed out and a free-for-all in the car park.
There is no competition so it can charge what it likes, you either have it or you don’t.
I believe planning permission for another major supermarket was turned down in favour of extending Sainsbury’s but this was to sell clothes and electrical goods, not food.
There is Waitrose, which is expensive, and it can be a problem to find somewhere close to it in the car park to load your groceries.
In town there is a small Co-op and Lidl, neither of which offer a large choice of food.
Let’s have more major supermarkets, like Asda and Tesco. I am sure they will all be used and welcomed by the residents of Witney and will stop Sainsbury’s having the monopoly.
The council needs to get a grip and they need to stop turning businesses away and move into the same century as the rest of us.
Lin Lalor, Grey Lane, Witney