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Tesco set to join Camden High Street supermarket wars

Company sizes up move for former stationery shop

28 July, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

TESCO is planning to enter Camden Town’s supermarket wars by becoming the latest big-name operator to move into the High Street.

Proposals filed at the Town Hall show how the chain is looking at the ground floor of a refurbished block next to Underhill Passage, the former home of the Collective marketplace and a stationery shop. While private flats are being marketed on the upper floors, mystery has surrounded what will finally fill the double-sized unit at ground levels, with “to let” signs posted at the site for more than six months.

If Tesco seals the move, it will be yards from Marks & Spencer and close to the recently opened Waitrose. Lidl operates on the other side of the road, while Sainsbury’s has two stores in Camden Town. Through planning agents, Tesco has asked Camden whether it can receive deliveries in the High Street rather than being forced to use rear access.

Luisa Auletta, who lives nearby and has written to the planning department to object to the change, said in her ­letter: “The High Street absolutely does NOT need another small supermarket – there are so many already on this stretch of the road, both larger stores and convenience stores.”

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