There are fears a chain supermarket could close down small businesses before its even opened as construction work blocks the road for customers.
Traders in Station Road, Hadfield, have been feeling the pinch after Tesco was granted permission by Derbyshire County Council’s Highways department to close off part of Kiln Lane at its junction with Station Road while work is carried out on its soon to be opened store in Hadfield.
Four weeks after the road closure, neighbouring businesses have already noticed a drop in sales.
Nawaz Hussain, of R E Gregson news agents, which neighbours the new Tesco shop, commented: “We have lost our morning trade because people are not coming down Kiln Lane on their way to work.”
He said older people had also not been coming into the shop as often since the road was closed in June.
“They can’t come down Kiln Lane, they have to come all the way around and a lot of them can’t do that,” Nawaz added.
Another shopkeeper on Station Road, who did not wish to be named, commented that he had seen fewer old people coming into the shop because they could not walk down Kiln Lane.
Former county councillor Peter Kay commented: “It’s Tesco closing shops down before they are even open.”
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