The message from Portobello Campaign Against the Superstore (PCATS) on the new Sainsbury proposed for Portobello:
“Dear PCATS supporter
I have heard today that unfortunately Woodwares hardware store, a Portobello institution and family business of ever 40 years’ standing, will close and they will lease the premises to Sainsbury’s for one of their Local stores. Woodwares joined us in the fight against the superstore and now because of difficult trading conditions have found themselves with a hard decision to make. This will have a negative impact on the High Street, with the loss of key goods and services that no-one else currently provides. There is also the worry about what impact Sainsbury’s will have on the other independent retailers in Portobello, as well as Scotmid.
There are no grounds of objection in planning terms as the shop is Class 1 retail and will remain so. The only things we could possibly object to are the opening hours, delivery times and alcohol licence. We shall also have to wait to see the proposal for the shop sign and whether there are any alterations to these Georgian shops.
We don’t yet know what the reaction of the other traders will be and there may be an article in tomorrow’s Evening News about the situation.
The campaign against the superstore was about protecting our local, independent and sustainable shopping centre and it comes as a bitter blow to see one of our key traders leave. A timely reminder, if one was needed, that if we want to keep our local independent shops open we need to give them our full support and patronage.