Fears new Tesco store may force Horsham businesses to close

JPCT 020713 S13270124x Horsham. Brighton Road. New tesco Express site, formerly The Silver Wok -photo by Steve Cobb -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 020713 S13270124x Horsham. Brighton Road. New tesco Express site, formerly The Silver Wok -photo by Steve Cobb -photo by Steve Cobb

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Two Horsham businesses have expressed fears that they may not survive a new Tesco Express store opening in Brighton Road.

After five applications were approved for the old Silver Wok site by Horsham District Council’s Development Control North Committee last night (Tuesday July 2), a new shop could open as soon as August or September.

Hament Patel of Elm Grove Stores and Ramish Rasavallavan of St Leonard’s Stores both admitted after the meeting that they could not compete with a Tesco Express store so near to their businesses.

HDC approved applications for a canopy, signage, minor external alterations, changes to vehicular access, and installation of air-conditioning units.

Tesco does not need permission for a change of use as the site was used as a restaurant before.

For the full story see tomorrow’s County Times.