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Suffolk/Essex: Camra hits out as it is revealed 208 pubs have been converted into Tesco, Sainsbury’s and other supermarket chain stores

16:00 07 February 2014

Pubs in Ipswich have been turned into shops. Tesco in Norwich Road.

Pubs in Ipswich have been turned into shops. Tesco in Norwich Road.

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Seven pubs across Suffolk and north Essex have been converted into supermarkets over the last two years – four in Ipswich – and Camra has issued a warning that retail chains are still targeting them despite local opposition.

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Across the country 208 pubs have been converted into supermarkets since the start of 2012.

In Ipswich Tesco has taken over the Heathlands on Foxhall Road and the Emperor on Norwich Road. Sainsbury’s has taken over the Golden Key on Woodbridge Road and the Co-op is redeveloping the site of the former Three Jolly Sailors in Handford Road.

Elsewhere pubs have been lost in Clacton, Dovercourt, and Lowestoft as supermarket chains bid to expand their network of convenience stores.

CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: “The big supermarket chains appear to be targeting pubs for conversion, despite the fact that these pubs are often profitable and popular.

“This behaviour shows a remarkable disregard for the wellbeing of communities that face losing their valued pubs – leaving local people powerless to step in.”

Ipswich council planning spokeswoman Carole Jones said there was no need for companies to apply for planning permission to convert a pub into a supermarket.

She said: “I think the issue is that pub businesses look at the economics and feel they can get a better return by handing them over to a supermarket.”

Some had been designated as an “asset of community value” but this usually meant any conversion could only be delayed.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have brought a number of former pubs back to life by transforming them into convenience stores.

“These stores provide a valuable service to local communities, create jobs for local people and often ensure empty or derelict buildings do not fall into disrepair. ”

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7 comments

  • It's the breweries that destroy pubs. They force the landlords into buying beer at inflated prices. This is the first time that these pubs have sold beer at the price it should be, just a shame they are now shops!

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    Lee Davies

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • no brewery shuts a pub that makes money remember it is a good out let for their beer,where they close normally there is another with in a short distance ,to many pubs not enough customers is the answer to why they are sold

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    pandy

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • It's the breweries that destroy pubs. They force the landlords into buying beer at inflated prices. This is the first time that these pubs have sold beer at the price it should be, just a shame they are now shops!

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    Lee Davies

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Simple get rid of the smoking ban which is the real reason for decline

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    clowe

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Bit of competition for the East of England Co-op who have held strong the monopoly in local shopping for many years. Who wants to go to a pub anyway.

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    Ander P

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • breweries run good pubs into the ground by putting landlord in it, so its an excuse to sell the building off, sadly they all go, one by one,

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    beachboy

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Used to go to the pub when i was younger but not ever now , not to drink anyway . Pubs have to sell quality food to exist , if you don't you become a Supermarket - Simple

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

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