Tesco accused of being snide when it comes to opening new stores
Tesco is, as ever, being accused of all manner of dodgy stuff. As Bitterwallet are represented by I Can't Believe It's A Law Firm! (headed up by Lionel Hutz who also, according to his card, offers "expert shoe repair"), we're going weedily deflect all attention to other people who have made these claims.
So, the incredibly wealthy retail franchise has been accused of hurrying a massive building programme ahead of the introduction of controls that would severely limit its expansion.
Yesterday it was alleged that Tesco bought a town centre shopping precinct on the quiet via a front company and then allowed it to become derelict. Why? They ALLEGEDLY used this run-down precinct in Renfrewshire to convince the local council to allow them to open a nice, shiny new shopping complex.
Tesco ALLEGEDLY claimed that there was big support in the community for this new superstore, but the telephone poll used as the basis of the claim stated that only 38 out of the 440 people contacted agreed.
Tesco deny this of course.
Tescopoly - a group that is focused on sticking the fingers up at the company - are speaking out with a spokesman telling the Daily Mail: "Research by Tescopoly and Friends of the Earth has found that supermarkets such as Tesco are very clearly exercising their muscle in the planning system. They have such vast resources that local councils are not really on a equal footing when it comes to negotiations and are often powerless to resist their expansion."
It's probably right that Tesco are a bit aggressive in the market, but are they different from any other ginormo-company? Doubtful. And there's no question that they create a lot of jobs for the communities they're in, not to mention providing that same community with cheap goods. Many get worked up about Tesco while wilfully shopping there.
Are the rampaging nature of Tesco a bad thing or not? Readers - it's over to you. ALLEGEDLY.