A pub landlady has spoken of her “anger, upset and sadness” after retail giant Tesco finally won the battle to turn her popular community watering hole into a convenience store.
Publican Jane Hopley, 27, who runs The Somerset House, in Calow, was told last week that powerhouse Tesco had finally won an appeal to purchase the pub and turn it into an express store.
She has now been told by pub company Enterprise, who own the premises, to stop serving food from this Sunday – and she believes the pub will be fully shut within a month.
Jane, who has run the pub since November 2012 alongside partner Tristan Smith, 40, said she was “gutted” to have lost the battle, which has been rumbling on since early last year.
She said: “It’s so sad that this loved community pub will be lost forever, just so Tesco can open another store.
“It seems so unfair that Tesco keep appealing as many times as they like, but nobody listens to the feelings of local people – who do not want the pub to close, or a Tesco to open.”
“To make matters worse, though, all the staff will be losing their jobs on the run up to Christmas,” she added.
Jane – who also runs Chesterfield pubs The Crooked Spire and Sevens – said that independent shop owners in Calow were also concerned about Tesco moving in.
Tesco have been approached for a comment on the new venture, but could not respond by the time this story went to web. It will be updated in the coming days.
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