I was less than overjoyed when Co-op took over Somerfield, leaving us two Co-ops. Not good for choice when both in-town supermarkets stock identical ranges.
But Co-op’s mini-monopoly is about to be eclipsed. I just passed the recently-closed Stead and Simpson, hitherto our big(-ish) shoe shop, and one of the biggest shops on the high street. It’s being refurbished, and proclaims itself about to re-open as a St Luke’s Hospice shop.
Hang on! We already have not one but two St Luke’s in town! How the **** do they justify three shops (two of them large) within one minute’s walk of each other in a small market town’s high street? This is clearly an organisation with more money than it can spend. I shall have to try and make a point of avoiding events that contribute further to that excess!