'They can't compete with me on quality and price': Fruit seller's response as Sainsbury's set to open in Ham Parade after Barclays closes

Barclays in Ham Parade is closing, and will be replaced by Sainsbury's, the bank said

Barclays in Ham Parade is closing, and will be replaced by Sainsbury's, the bank said

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A fruit seller has come out fighting in response to news a supermarket will be moving into his shopping parade later this year.

Sainsbury’s is set to open a new store in Ham Parade, on the border between Kingston and Ham, in a unit left empty by Barclays bank.

Barclays has announced it is closing its Ham branch on June 27, and a spokesman for the bank confirmed today that Sainsbury’s would be taking over the site.

A cash point would be kept at the new store.

But while some traders and shoppers feared the supermarket’s arrival would sound the death knell for small businesses in the parade, Steve Whiting, owner of Ham Fruiterers, welcomed the challenge.

Mr Whiting, who took over the family business from his father, said: “It’s good news that they’re keeping the cash point, and from my point of view I don’t think they can compete with me for quality and price.

“I know a few other traders who have had supermarkets come on top of them and they said it can actually do you a favour.

“If it brings more footfall to the parade then it might bring me more customers, and I don’t mind standing up against them.”

Other traders were not as optimistic as Mr Whiting.

Trevor Ellison, owner of R Tucker butchers, said: “My lease is up for renewal at the end of this year and that just might be the final nail in the coffin.

“It would devastate the parade. Little shops like me will go out of business, simple as that.

“Barclays obviously don’t care. Losing the bank is one thing, but to sell to a supermarket is a real kick in the teeth.”

There are also concerns that the loss of Barclays would make it difficult for traders to carry out business transactions.

Richmond councillor Sir David Williams, ward member for Ham and Petersham, said: “This is a serious blow for our businesses and shops.

“How on earth are small businesses supposed to get banking facilities if the nearest places are congested Richmond and Kingston where they cannot park?

“I am really devastated about it.”

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12:36pm Tue 8 Apr 14

helen59 says...

This is silly, there is a large sainsburys just a mile down the road so why open up one at Ham ??

There is also the rumour that waitrose will also be opening a store on Ham parade !!!

WE DO NOT WANT THESE BIG STORES - IT WILL DESTROY THE VILLAGE.
This is silly, there is a large sainsburys just a mile down the road so why open up one at Ham ?? There is also the rumour that waitrose will also be opening a store on Ham parade !!! WE DO NOT WANT THESE BIG STORES - IT WILL DESTROY THE VILLAGE. helen59
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

SteveC1964 says...

I'm sure that Barclays would rather that traders didn't take cash but use their contactless payment system instead. There's already a Tesco in Ham (not Ham Parade mind). There has always been competition and I'm sure that if the competition is good as Steve Whiting is saying, then the small businesses will survive. I've always wondered how on Earth the mini-market on the other side of the road keeps going. Unlike Ham Pantry which I won't shop at (too pricey etc), Sainsbury's won't be selling foie gras, so thumbs up for that. Sainsbury's no doubt will be open 7 days a week and into the evenings. It's going to be stiff competition, but where else would you get a loaf of bread or a pint of milk at 7pm in Ham?
I'm sure that Barclays would rather that traders didn't take cash but use their contactless payment system instead. There's already a Tesco in Ham (not Ham Parade mind). There has always been competition and I'm sure that if the competition is good as Steve Whiting is saying, then the small businesses will survive. I've always wondered how on Earth the mini-market on the other side of the road keeps going. Unlike Ham Pantry which I won't shop at (too pricey etc), Sainsbury's won't be selling foie gras, so thumbs up for that. Sainsbury's no doubt will be open 7 days a week and into the evenings. It's going to be stiff competition, but where else would you get a loaf of bread or a pint of milk at 7pm in Ham? SteveC1964
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

concernedofkingston says...

helen59 is quite right but it's even more silly because there's a similar size Sainsburys close by at Norbiton Station (very close to another very long serving high quality greengrocer!). I so hope that local people will try to make a point of using the local shops on Ham Parade before it dies. Parking to use the small shops will of course be more difficult so I hope too that the Council won't find a way of granting some more favourable parking concessions to Sainsburys customers given the burden they have placed on the local shops on the Parade for years.. If there is a silver lining at least the bank won't be used by a bookmakers, estate agent or charity shop.
helen59 is quite right but it's even more silly because there's a similar size Sainsburys close by at Norbiton Station (very close to another very long serving high quality greengrocer!). I so hope that local people will try to make a point of using the local shops on Ham Parade before it dies. Parking to use the small shops will of course be more difficult so I hope too that the Council won't find a way of granting some more favourable parking concessions to Sainsburys customers given the burden they have placed on the local shops on the Parade for years.. If there is a silver lining at least the bank won't be used by a bookmakers, estate agent or charity shop. concernedofkingston
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

The suburban landscape is rapidly becoming a sea of Sainsbury Orange and Tesco Red. The pox of their wretched little 'Extra' and 'Metro' stores imposing bland uniformity in our neighbourhoods. Their ghastly sameness, quashing diverse and interesting local shopping streets.
These two are waging a battle in the small-store market - it's all about keeping each other out of potential development sites. The food market isn't growing, it's just about stealing share. As one contributor has pointed out, there's a big enough JS outlet half a mile away. That should give it a big enough slice of the local pie without gobbling up some more.
The suburban landscape is rapidly becoming a sea of Sainsbury Orange and Tesco Red. The pox of their wretched little 'Extra' and 'Metro' stores imposing bland uniformity in our neighbourhoods. Their ghastly sameness, quashing diverse and interesting local shopping streets. These two are waging a battle in the small-store market - it's all about keeping each other out of potential development sites. The food market isn't growing, it's just about stealing share. As one contributor has pointed out, there's a big enough JS outlet half a mile away. That should give it a big enough slice of the local pie without gobbling up some more. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 1

9:40am Wed 9 Apr 14

helen59 says...

what will happen to Village Stores supermarket at Ham parade ??

and once again............hav
e they thought about the parking issue yet alone the very big sainsburys lorries making deliveries - there is a side entrance but this services other businesses
what will happen to Village Stores supermarket at Ham parade ?? and once again............hav e they thought about the parking issue yet alone the very big sainsburys lorries making deliveries - there is a side entrance but this services other businesses helen59
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

joolzh says...

Ham is known as a non area to a lot of people as it has no real shopping stores or competitive supermarkets - makes it unattractive when you have to travel to either Richmond or Kingston to shop . Will improve the area in my book!
Ham is known as a non area to a lot of people as it has no real shopping stores or competitive supermarkets - makes it unattractive when you have to travel to either Richmond or Kingston to shop . Will improve the area in my book! joolzh
  • Score: -7

1:53pm Thu 10 Apr 14

HeatherTW10 says...

Ham is certainly not a non area to those of us who live here and value our local shops, on the Parade and in Ashburnham Road (where there is a Tesco Express). The owners and staff of our lovely fruit and veg shop, our butcher's, our bakeries, Gift Shop and Ham Deli to name a few of my favourites, give us personal attention and know us individually, as we do them. This makes shopping in Ham a delight and these shops are integral to the character of Ham Parade. And by the way, you can buy bread and milk in the petrol station on the corner.
Ham is certainly not a non area to those of us who live here and value our local shops, on the Parade and in Ashburnham Road (where there is a Tesco Express). The owners and staff of our lovely fruit and veg shop, our butcher's, our bakeries, Gift Shop and Ham Deli to name a few of my favourites, give us personal attention and know us individually, as we do them. This makes shopping in Ham a delight and these shops are integral to the character of Ham Parade. And by the way, you can buy bread and milk in the petrol station on the corner. HeatherTW10
  • Score: 6

9:43am Fri 11 Apr 14

helen59 says...

and don't forget we also have Malcolm's shop - what would we do without it
and don't forget we also have Malcolm's shop - what would we do without it helen59
  • Score: 8

9:57am Fri 11 Apr 14

HeatherTW10 says...

Yes indeed, Malcolm's hardware is a treasure trove! And my ideal scenario would include a fishmongers, a proper Stationers' shop and even a real Haberdashers - but instead we have two betting shops, a nail place and no bank... and yet another mini-supermarket. I think it's a crying shame.
Yes indeed, Malcolm's hardware is a treasure trove! And my ideal scenario would include a fishmongers, a proper Stationers' shop and even a real Haberdashers - but instead we have two betting shops, a nail place and no bank... and yet another mini-supermarket. I think it's a crying shame. HeatherTW10
  • Score: 5

12:28pm Sat 12 Apr 14

reesmf says...

I do almost all my shopping on Ham Parade and will be avoiding the new Sainsbury like the plague, there is simply no need for it here and I would rather use the local shops where I am known. We have a supermarket, deli, off licence, butchers, grocers, pharmacy, two newsagents and a garage shop so Sainsbury has nothing new to offer. What we do not have any more is a bank when we used to have three.
I do almost all my shopping on Ham Parade and will be avoiding the new Sainsbury like the plague, there is simply no need for it here and I would rather use the local shops where I am known. We have a supermarket, deli, off licence, butchers, grocers, pharmacy, two newsagents and a garage shop so Sainsbury has nothing new to offer. What we do not have any more is a bank when we used to have three. reesmf
  • Score: 2

1:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

reesmf wrote:
I do almost all my shopping on Ham Parade and will be avoiding the new Sainsbury like the plague, there is simply no need for it here and I would rather use the local shops where I am known. We have a supermarket, deli, off licence, butchers, grocers, pharmacy, two newsagents and a garage shop so Sainsbury has nothing new to offer. What we do not have any more is a bank when we used to have three.
I'm afraid we're up against a bovine populus that gets a great thrill when a Sainsbury Local opens up on their doorsteps. Sad, but true.
[quote][p][bold]reesmf[/bold] wrote: I do almost all my shopping on Ham Parade and will be avoiding the new Sainsbury like the plague, there is simply no need for it here and I would rather use the local shops where I am known. We have a supermarket, deli, off licence, butchers, grocers, pharmacy, two newsagents and a garage shop so Sainsbury has nothing new to offer. What we do not have any more is a bank when we used to have three.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid we're up against a bovine populus that gets a great thrill when a Sainsbury Local opens up on their doorsteps. Sad, but true. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 0

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