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    Cookiecutter wrote:
    As someone who has seen what super markets have done to my industry from day one and in several countries. I am 72 and my trade was/is the bakery trade. These grocers are right to shut up shop because they will NOT survive this Sainsbury opening in Portswood. Neither will many of the other independent stores along the Portswood Road. Personal service has given rise to obnoxious arrogant take it or leave it industries like the supermarkets. From here on there will be nothing but what they call fresh frozen or GM foods. These are foods genetically altered or are packed in a gas to prevent staling and delay rotting. Gone are the days of fresh produce made on the premises by skilled operators, such as your qualified baker or your fresh market butcher. Ive seen it all happen and the prices rise to support a larger colder store. Wages go down, unemployment goes up. Criminal activity goes through the roof and only immigrants get to work while the English emigrate to places like Canada and Australia where the skilled employee is still only a minority.
    Sorry to question your post but many people seem to be going back to the small man/woman.
    if your in a hurry then go into a supermarket but if you want good value shop around.
    Soon if the telly's telling the truth we'll all be buying a goods ( food) on the internet.
    I for one will always go to the shops & look around all the various stores before buying"
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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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