Controversial Stevenage Tesco opens

A neighbourhood supermarket that drew bitter opposition from shop owners and residents has opened.

The Tesco Express store at The Glebe shopping centre in Stevenage began trading on Friday after a refit at the former Chells Family Pub.

The decision by the supermarket chain to move into the building was opposed by campaigners who argued the store will drastically reduce trade at other shops at The Glebe, threatening businesses, as well as remove a valued pub from the neighbourhood.

The store, which will open from 6am to 11pm seven days a week, was officially opened by Barbara Howard, project director of homeless charity Stevenage Haven, who cut a ceremonial ribbon. Tesco donated �500 to the charity.

Store manager Akville Milkeviciute said: “My team and I are looking forward to welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”

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