Business owners on Welling High Street welcome the arrival of a new Tesco super-store
PUBLISHED: 17:25 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:45 14 October 2010
Traders have welcomed the arrival of a new super-store which they are hopeful will bring business to a struggling high street.
Business owners on Welling High Street are still feeling the effects of the recession when many high street shops were forced to shut down as tax prices shot up and customers stayed away from the shops.
However, next month, on November 8, a huge Tesco store is due to open on Embassy Court, Welling High Street and traders are expecting business to improve. Pola Udemezue, owner of Pola Hair Studio, said: “I have not been happy as it has been dead and now it looks like the trade is finally coming back.
“I’m very pleased by this, it’s what I wanted. Tax was too high and some of the businesses couldn’t afford it and were forced to close.
“Now we will have the superstore and it will be brilliant for the businesses here.”
Another firm to be affected by the loss of trade to the high street is hairdressers Exclusive, which was empty when the Times visited the premises.
Fatou Faal, from Plumstead, who works at the salon, said: “For the past seven months it’s been completely dead here. This is the worst period we’ve faced in six years of being open.
“I’m looking forward to Tesco opening up.
“The Morrisons store that opened nearby last year has brought in some business, but not that much. All our customers like shopping at Tesco, so it will bring more people here.”
Another trader on the high street eagerly awaiting the arrival of the giant superstore is Abbas Doganli who works at the cafe, Chef’s Choice.
He said: “Business is not very good at the moment. It’s been steady, but we’ve had to open seven days now whereas we were just open for six days a week in the past.
“I’m hoping the Tesco will help to bring more people in.”
A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We are very excited to be opening the new store. It will create a large number of jobs for the local area and we look forward to serving local customers for many years to come.”