In November 2010 Tesco announced plans to open a 20,000 sq ft store in Abbey Road, Leiston, next to Jewson. Leiston Business Association is concerned about the impact of the proposed store’s location - which is away from the High Street - would have on traders. The fear is that the position will draw shoppers away from the town centre. They are urging Tesco to find a more appropriate site that would keep footfall in the town centre. Many residents are also concerned about the plans and a "Lay Off Leiston" campaign group has been formed.
Tesco submitted a planning application in May 2011. In July Members of Suffolk Coastal District Council agreed to visit Abbey Road. Please see an article in the East Anglian Daily Times, 22nd July 2011.
In August Tesco announced it was withdrawing its application. Please see an article in Coastal Scene, 16th August 2011.
Please also see an article in the East Anglia Daily Times, 19th May 2011 about the number of Tesco stores in East Suffolk.