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    bravebeth wrote:
    I prefer Longs in Portswood Road. The staff are friendlier and the produce is fresher. Gannaways was always too dark inside and the staff were not friendly. It did not help that customers, to the International Foods, were always parked on double yellow lines outside Gannaways. Parking attendants were never seen in Portswood Road. Illegal parking is a real nightmare. Drivers are allowed to do whatever they want in this city.
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    Longs wouldn't get a penny of mine."
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T&M Gannaway in Portswood expecting to close due to Sainsbury's opening

Daily Echo: Family grocers say new supermarket is forcing them to close Family grocers say new supermarket is forcing them to close

WITH its colourful street display of fresh fruit and veg, it is a good old fashioned greengrocer.

But after four decades of trading, stalwart fruitier T&M Gannaway, in Portswood, Southampton, is shutting up shop.

And father and son Mick and John Gannaway say the main reason is a massive Sainsbury’s opening on their doorstep next month.

John, 38, said: “It was a horrible, hard decision. It was a real shame for us, but Sainsbury’s was the key thing – seeing their plans and how it’s going to be.

“It’s bigger than I ever imagined.”

Mick, 65, said trade has already been falling. He said: “Usually we do well in recessions because we are cheaper. But this January and February have been the worst we have ever known.”

The provisional closing day is May 17.

The new 9,730sqm Sainsbury’s will open on a former bus depot site in Portswood on March 13 and provide 400 jobs.

Sainsbury’s insisted local shops could benefit from the additional footfall that the new store would bring.

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