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New Sainsbury’s will ‘decimate’ our post office

Manager of Thurstonb Post Office, Barry Jefferson, said he fears plans for a new Sainsburys in the village could put him out of business.

Pictured: James Cracknell, Sarah Jefferson, Barry Jefferson, Caroline Lynch and Tina Barter

Manager of Thurstonb Post Office, Barry Jefferson, said he fears plans for a new Sainsburys in the village could put him out of business. Pictured: James Cracknell, Sarah Jefferson, Barry Jefferson, Caroline Lynch and Tina Barter

Shop owners in Thurston fear a new Sainsbury’s in the village could put them out of business.

Plans to turn a retail unit at the Granary development, on Station Hill, into a Sainsbury’s store have been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council.

Terry Jefferson, owner of the village post office, said the store would ‘decimate’ his business.

“The post office hands out benefits and money to a large number of people in the village including many elderly people.

“We are a village shop but we have a very high footfall.

“We get on average between 600 and 700 people a day though our doors.

“At the end of the day we feel if they build a 3,000sqft mini supermarket it is overkill for Thurston. This post office is a service to the community which will be decimated.”

Businesses in the village have already set up a petition against the plans.

James Cracknell owns Cracknells Garage which last year turned its car showroom into a convenience store.

He said: “We have moved to using the space as a convenience store to keep ourselves afloat.

“Many small businesses like ours have been hit hard recently so have had to diversify a bit. A year on from opening the convienience store and we are just turning a corner and now this comes along.

“It isn’t going to do the business any good at all.

“I don’t understand why we need another store in this small village – it doesn’t make any sense really.”

Landowner and developer John Oldknow said the plans for a retail unit at the development were submitted six years ago and that business owners were only complaining now because a big company like Sainsbury’s had been mentioned.

He said: “I just don’t know who they were thinking was going to move into a 3,000sqft shop.”

A public meeting was held on Wednesday at the New Green centre to discuss opposing the proposal.

Sainsbury’s were unavavilable for comment.

 

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