Bye, bye Tesco

Heading through Lichfield at the weekend, I noticed the bulldozers are making swift work of the Tesco store.

What you can’t see though is what the future holds for the site.

Yes, there’ll be a lovely new superstore, but the need for improvements around the area is huge.

Even on a quiet day without the store and only Aldi and the Tesco petrol station remaining, traffic was snarled up. Add to that the volume of interest there will be in the new superstore and you may well need to book a week off work to drive into Lichfield from Trent Valley come Autumn.

The signs near Tesco indicate junction improvements are taking place, but with a churchyard on one side and Aldi on the other, it’s hard to see where any realistic and useful changes can be made.

There’s no doubting that the city will welcome a large new superstore, but if you can’t get into it because of traffic then what will the real benefits be?

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4 Comments

  1. Aphex666

    26th January, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I certainly hope things won’t be as bad as you expect!!!! Though I will put money down right now that traffic lights are going to be put in where the roundabout is currently.

    My biggest issue at the moment with the whole situation is having to shop at Co-op.

  2. The Main Man

    26th January, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with Co-op (unless you count the chronic lack of parking facilities!). It could be worse, you could have to shop at Waitrose with Lichfield’s snobbery in ToyTown.

  3. Aphex666

    26th January, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Toy Town :)

    I’ve never heard it called that before(but how true it is).

    I haven’t been to Waitrose since I saw the bill after the girlfrend did the Christmas shop there a couple of years back without telling me. It’s ok for a meal once in a while but if you shop there every week you deserve to live in Barbies playhouse as you clearly have no concept of “value for money”.

  4. The Main Man

    27th January, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I used to live in Toytown an had to pop to Waitrose on more than the odd occasion. I feel sorry for some very good staff who are treated like muck by the snobbish element who frequent the store.