More shops to open on Sundays as Twyford Tesco moves inBy Caroline Cook
February 28, 2012
Traders in Twyford are set to open for business on Sundays in a bid to keep up with a new supermarket in the village.
Twyford Lighting and The Tile and Bathroom Place, both in the High Street, opened on Sundays in a bid to boost trade alongside Tesco, which opened an express store in London Road at the weekend.
The shops are hoping to make the most of extra people coming into the village on Sundays to shop in the 3,000 ft Tesco store.
Heather Mailley, of Twfyord Lighting, said: “We have been thinking about it for a long time because a lot of couples want to choose lights together.People often ask if we open on Sundays but we already work six days a week.
“But then with Tesco coming and spring coming up when a lot of people do up their homes it seemed like a good time to do it. We are coinciding with Tesco because when any new shop opens extra people will come out of curiosity.”
The shops will join a number of other businesses in the village which already operate on a Sunday including craft shop Ha Hoos, Sebastian’s Cafe, Booze Bargain and the Age Concern charity shop.
Gordon Storey from Twyford Village Partnership Business Forum (TVPBF) said it was likely other businesses would follow suit if the extended opening hours proved to be a success.
He said: “A couple of our shops have decided if you can’t beat them join them and so they are going to start opening on a Sunday.
“We already have quite a few that open anyway so they will be joining those.
“I think others are keeping an eye on things and if it starts to work they might open as well.”
Last Wednesday Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King delivered a speech to the City Food Lecture in London saying supermarkets were not responsible for a decline in the UK high street.
The supermarket boss said high streets around the country were in decline because they do not offer what the local population wants.
Mr Storey said increasing trading hours would help the village to bounce back against tough economic times and provide the services required by those living in the village.
He said: “Justin King has been talking about this issue and this is Twyford saying ‘we are not going to let our village decline’.
“This is part of the fight back campaign. We are going to do something not just sit there.”
Some traders still have concerns that the supermarket could have a negative impact on other businesses in the village.
Mrs Mailley said: “I am worried about the effect on traders.
“Tesco have got a lottery licence and that could really damage the newsagents.
“They have got big posters saying they are working with the community but I don’t think taking trade away is going to be good.”
Simon Petar, regional corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We are delighted to be able to give Twyford additional choice and value with our Tesco Express and look forward to being a member of the local community from February 26.”