Supermarkets have proliferated in recent years and they aren’t always welcomed. Some argue that they undercut small traders in the same area or deprive them of business because customers prefer a “one stop shop” at large, out of town branches that sell a huge range of goods. Others say that they bring only low paid jobs and increase local traffic. Greenford now has three supermarkets as well as an increasing number of independent greengrocers. The most recent arrival is Lidl which was built as part of a housing development. Plans to enlarge the Tesco store nearby have been put on hold as the company’s sales figures reflect the state of the economy. It remains to be seen whether another store of this kind will be proposed when the Glaxo site redevelopment moves into the next phase.
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