Aldeburgh: Delight as Boots decide to withdraw plans for town

BUSINESS leaders in one of Suffolk’s most popular coastal resorts last night praised bosses at a national retailer for axing a controversial bid to open up in their town.

The EADT revealed last month that Boots had made an application to the NHS to open a 100 hours per week pharmacy in Aldeburgh High Street.

However it is now understood the company has withdrawn its proposals - much to the delight of business leaders in the resort.

The initial application had caused much concern - especially with supermarket giant Tesco also looking to open up on Saxmundham Road - sparking fears Aldebrugh could become a “clone town”.

But the community was quick to show its support for its independent stores, with hundreds of people attending a special celebration earlier this week.

Last night business leaders in the town praised the national retailer for listening to people’s concerns.

Barry Shooter, who owns the only pharmacy in Aldeburgh, had warned that if Boots opened there was a real danger the resort would not be able to support both business - causing them to close.

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He said last night: “I had a call last night [from Boots] to say they were very pleased to say that they had listened to public opinion and felt that they would be better off concentrating on an area where the community is not so well served.

“All credit to Boots for listening. It would have had a dreadful impact on me, my staff and the services we provide. It could have left Aldeburgh with no provision at all. There has been a pharmacy here since 1850 - that’s quite something.”

Naomi Tarry, chairman of Aldeburgh Business Association, added: “It’s great news and fantastic that they [Boots] listened to the people of Aldeburgh. The Tesco application is still ongoing and we hope they will do the same.”

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