Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ambleside, Cumbria

In 2011 Tesco announced plans to open an Express store in the central market place, with a separately-owned cafe on the second floor. The firm already has permission for retail trading at the empty site, last owned by Gaynors Sports, and is seeking approval for a cash machine and signage.

Ambleside traders say the supermarket’s arrival would threaten livelihoods and lead to job losses in the town. 

A petition was set up against plans and around 40 residents attended a Lakes Parish Council meeting to express their concerns. 


United Kingdom
54° 24' 56.6424" N, 2° 57' 38.934" W
Cumbria GB

Campaign Updates
Ambleside, Cumbria

2 April 2014
Sainsbury's gets planning permission

 Sainsbury's has been given the go ahead to build a store on the outskirts of the town. The 14,000 sq ft store is to be built off Lake Road, near Hayes Garden World.


1 November 2011
Plans approved

 Lake District National Park Authority approved the plans to change the use of the first floor from a shop to a cafe and to make alterations to the ground floor of the former shop.