Axed Tesco store in Houghton Regis was ‘unviable’

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The demise of a Houghton Regis shop was inevitable due to the amount of competition it faced, according to a Dunstable businessman.

Last Wednesday, Tesco announced that that its Express store in Bedford Square was one of 43 unprofitable branches across the country to be axed.

Discussions with staff are ongoing.

A spokesperson said: “Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

“I would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store.

“We will continue to do our best to serve them through our other local stores in Dunstable, Luton and Leighton Buzzard and our dotcom service.”

Businessman Kishor Patel, who used to run the Nisa Local stores in Neptune Square and Hillborough Crescent, has told the Gazette that the Tesco Express became “unviable” after Morrisons opened in the High Street in 2012.

He said: “The Co-op that was there for years closed and now this...it clearly indicates that there is only so much spend available in Houghton Regis.

“It did have an impact on our stores, but if the Morrisons was right outside we would have become unviable as well.”