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Tesco pull the plug on Kirkby superstore

13/01/2015  Comments (15)  jump
BBC Look NorthWest featured a story tonight that, after years of planning, Tesco have now pulled the plug on the construction of a new store in the middle of Kirkby.

Changing imperatives and the explosion of online shopping mean that the need for massive superstores, such as those that were to form the centre-piece alongside a new Everton Stadium at the heart of Destination Kirkby, are no longer needed.  

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Phil Roberts
1 Posted 13/01/2015 at 04:59:01
Where would that have left us?

Good job we didn't build with them!!!

Kieran Fitzgerald
2 Posted 13/01/2015 at 06:56:14
Tesco as a business is in a serious decline at the moment. The likes of Aldi and Lidl here in Ireland have taken over as the supermarkets where people will do their weekly food shop. Being tied to a Tesco's supermarket would have been a disaster.
Tony Draper
3 Posted 13/01/2015 at 07:03:55
Redevelop Goodison.

It can, and should be done. Had we commenced this project when the Kings Dock prospect failed, then we'd be sorted by now.

Far better to have a modernised "God's Acre" than some faceless "flat pack" excuse for a ground.

Thomas Lennon
4 Posted 13/01/2015 at 07:17:45
In a larger stadium with a newly free car park?
Gary Cargill
5 Posted 13/01/2015 at 11:14:50
I just wonder if they have really abandoned it for a more preferable site inside north Liverpool, where 50,000 people will gather on match days? At the end of the day that was the real attraction to Kirkby.
Richard Reeves
6 Posted 13/01/2015 at 11:55:48
Tony Draper (#3), I know it’s been done to death but ain’t that the truth.

Kirkby was a terrible con job from the board and even though the new site identified is a better location, it is on a public park which should never be allowed to happen.

On the subject of Tesco, greed has got the better of them. They bought land to build in every post code of the country, got the customers in, reduced the quality of food, upped the prices, made record profits, and now have no identity. They aren’t a bargain supermarket nor a high-end one.

John McKie
7 Posted 13/01/2015 at 13:09:50
I am glad DK didn't go through but to say Tesco is in serious decline is far from accurate. They still made around ١bn profit last year and their grocery market share in the UK is circa 28%, nearest to them is ASDA with circa 17% and, whilst they are growing, Aldi and Lidl combined doesn't even hit 10%. Therefore, there investment would not necessarily have been a negative, if there was less emphasis on the retail complex and the location being outside the city boundary.

I agree though, redevelopment of Goodison is the preferred option but I do like the mooted idea of Walton Hall Park being the site for a new ground. Can't see anything happening any time soon though.

Peter Fearon
8 Posted 13/01/2015 at 14:44:24
Both clubs are cutting their own throats by refusing to create a shared stadium. The advantages are so immense and the disadvantages so minimal that it is criminal not to move in that direction.

Does anyone really believe that AC Milan and Inter, Bayern and Munich 1860, Sampdoria and Genoa, Roma and Lazio, and others who share do anything but benefit from playing in stadiums that neither partner could afford to operate on their own?

Yes, I know 1860 only rent from Bayern, but the arrangement still assists both clubs. We should set aside our emotions and do it.

Rob Young
9 Posted 13/01/2015 at 15:02:58
Peter (8),

The Milan and Rome clubs have plans to go and build their own stadiums, why would that be if they only benefit from sharing?

Eddie McBride
10 Posted 13/01/2015 at 15:01:12
Tesco cut their own throats by refusing to employ British workers.

I remember applying for a job at the Widnes DC only to be told they were only hiring people who could speak Polish. Thankfully Halton Borough Council stepped in and refused them a licence until this policy changed. I am so grateful that my team has no association with such an abhorrent company.

I do not, and never will give any of my money to these parasites.

Chris Keher
11 Posted 13/01/2015 at 17:23:21
Personally I agree with with Peter (8) but have always wanted to know why the sharing clubs donÂ’t want to share.

Does anyone know the reasons why Lazio/Roma and AC/Inter donÂ’t like groundsharing?

IÂ’ve just done a very quick google and from what I can tell the Stadio Olimpico is far too big (75k and Lazio/Roma Â’onlyÂ’ get about 30k/40k respectively and attendances are falling). Also, it isnÂ’t a purpose-built football stadium (running tracks around the pitches) and the council keeps pushing up the rent.

Similarly Inter/AC share a stadium that is just way too big for them (80k and they get 46k/40k averages),

So is the problem that the atmosphere for these teams are suffering rather than they hate sharing or is the sharing the big problem?

Neil Payne
13 Posted 13/01/2015 at 22:51:07
I await the councils decision as to refuse the use of Walton Park on the grounds that its a green belt will be even more controversial after they allowed the RS to go ahead and build on Stanley Park before there backers pulled the plug, one rule for one and all that!
Derek Thomas
14 Posted 14/01/2015 at 08:54:32
Was never like this when they had a Blue in charge. NEA really

Redevelop Goodison 15M ( or whatever ) at a time... but that doesn't fit the Exit strategy, does it Bill.

Christine Foster
15 Posted 14/01/2015 at 10:39:41
Bullet dodged and all that.. Can you imagine being there now Bill?
Clive Rogers
16 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:23:33
With Kenwright in charge, put your money on a third destination falling through and zero Goodison redevelopment.

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