Story: Lisa Swift and Sagaal Ahmed
Over 4 months since the opening of Tesco, the Messenger went to Spital Hill to see what impact the massive store is having on smaller shops.
To look at, Spital Hill is not suffering at all. Very few of the shops are empty, with several new businesses establishing themselves in recent months, ranging from new take-aways to clothing shops. The greatest fear is for the grocery stores, so we focused our attention on these.
SR Raja has been serving Burngreave since 1976 and is on Tesco’s doorstep. The owner told us:
“Tesco is a big problem for us. All our customers have gone there. We can’t beat Tesco, they have everything cheap, like bread, milk and rice. What can we do? They sell it cheaper than we can get it at wholesale. We were told they wouldn’t sell the things we sell, but they do – all the Asian food.”
SR Raja still has an impressive range of specialist hair products, including a large selection of hair extensions and accessories.
“They don’t sell these kinds of hair products, not yet. But we are struggling. The Council should cut our business rates or I won’t be able to afford to pay people’s wages.”