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  • "The trouble is big supermarkets that tend to sale any thing now days they do not speicalise in any thing any more, like they use to like here in this case Sainsbury started life as a mainly a dry and tin food seller, with some fresh food it was the dry and tin stuff that they speicalise in and where they made there money in the beginning, remember that American Company came to this area and registered and english company Carefords Hypermarket this was the start of the big change the Corporations take over.
    The truth is big Supermarkets do kill local shops and the jobs that are associated with them, for every one job a Corporation creates it puts 8 people out of a job.
    Who can remember Shirley and how busy it was every day except Sundays and Mondays and all those small shops that use to trade along that road and side roads back in the 60's, and Shirley was not the only place that suffered with the Corporations expansion into other business.
    Who can remember how busy it use to be at the fruit and veg market in town and the meat and fish market the number of people that use to work at these places, the meat and fish market is totally gone now and the fruit and veg market is just hanging on there with there finger nails.
    These food Corporations dont care about the quality of there goods they want it cheap and get it sold fast as posable they want the max amount of profit for the lest amount expense, like the food crop that they buy, a farmers field crop is bought before its even sowed, they dictate when it is to be harvested and 99% of the time the crop is pick before it ripen, when you go to buy say Lamb joint its not real Lamb its young mutton the same happens as in field crops, corporations even tell the abattoirs (Rumfords) what they can and can not do and how much charge for there meats. the same thing in milk, cheese ect ect.
    The only part of the food industry that these corporations can not control is eggs, because Lloyds/Stonegate control this part and when the corporation tryed to dictate terms to Lloyds, Lloyds told them to take a bike ride over a cliff, and when they said ok we go some where else, Lloyds said go ahead you find you still be buying off us, because they are the main dealers and own most or have very long term contracts with most of Europe egg farms, plus these that are free lance egg producers get a better deal from Lloyds than they would from Corporation"
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T&M Gannaway in Portswood expecting to close due to Sainsbury's opening

Family grocers say new supermarket is forcing them to close

Family grocers say new supermarket is forcing them to close

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

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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