Could Sainsburys be coming to town?
It’s just been announced: Sainsburys to buy 24 stores from the Coop. 22 of those to be former Somerfield supermarkets (Coop is taking over Somerfield).
We have two in-town supermarkets: a Coop and a Somerfield (the one small, the other middling sized). And a very healthy footfall in the town centre, with a thriving market and a bunch of other shops (though also some closures – a Woolworths, and several estate agents). So we should be a prime target for the Coop to want to dispose of one of the two stores, and for AN Other (like Sainsburys) to be interested in buying.
We already know Sainsburys is interested in Tavistock: they’ve been poking around and AIUI put in a planning application for an out-of-town superstore that would be in competition with Morrisons. But AFAIK nothing came of that, and one of the in-town stores – ideally the existing Somerfield – could be a good alternative.
I just hope that if they take it on, they’ll revert it to muzak-free. The current Somerfield was a nice shop, as well as really convenient, before they inflicted muzak on us.
On a related note, I thought the old Woolworths building would do nicely for a smaller supermarket shop – maybe something to fill a niche between Somerfield and Crebers (the latter being small and very upmarket). But if Somerfield gets rid of the muzak, that would become unnecessary.
 John’ll know if I’m wrong 😉