In Hove there were rumours that Tesco will be taking over the premises of discount bed centre Hamseys in The Parade, West Way, Hangleton. The area features a range of shops including a bakery, a sandwich shop, four takeaways, a butcher’s, two pet shops, two chemists and two newsagents but also a Co-operative store and Sainsburys stores less than half a mile away. Independent traders are very concerned about the impact another supermarket will have on existing businesses.
In October 2011 Tesco confirmed it hopes to open in West Way, in Hangleton, Hove early in 2012. Brighton and Hove City Council considered its application to sell alcohol and in November Tesco was granted a licence to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm at West Way in Hangleton.