Independent businesses fear for future

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INDEPENDENT shops in Lancaster are fearing for their future after being forced to compete with supermarket chains opening on their doorstep.

Some convenience stores in the city centre had already experienced a drop in trade when a Tesco Express opened in King Street last year.

Lancaster resident Bryan Sadler told councillors at the time that research showed the new store could take more than £3m from established local businesses.

And there are now fresh concerns for how the businesses will cope when Sainsbury’s open their new Local store in Penny Street in October.

The fears come in the wake of a string of local independent shops closing their doors in recent weeks, including The Greengrocers in Common Garden Street, Chirnsides in George Street and Pearson’s pet shop in King Street.

The family which runs Mognies Express, in Penny Street, fears the Sainsbury’s Local could send them out of business altogether.

The Patels were in uproar when plans were unveiled for the Sainsbury’s Local store under the CityBlock 3 student accommodation development.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.