Neighbouring traders on Oldfield Lane North were concerned to find out that Tesco Express will be opening. Shopkeepers received a letter saying the premises at 249 and 251, previously a grocery shop and chemist respectively, was to be extended at the rear with no mention of what was planned for the space. Planning permission was given in October 2012.
Shopkeepers said it came as a big shock to the parade to then hear that it would be a Tesco Express. People living nearby are worried about the appearance of the row of shops as Tesco Express could encroach on the distinctiveness and focus on architectural heritage in the area, instead making it look like anywhere else.