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'Every little helps' Telford shopkeeper to throw in the towel

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A Madeley shopkeeper is selling up after more than 20 years because she says she is fed up with the impact of the new Tesco superstore which officially opened a year ago as the centrepiece of a flagship scheme to regenerate the core of the town. A Madeley shopkeeper is selling up after more than 20 years because she says she is fed up with the impact of the new Tesco superstore which officially opened a year ago as the centrepiece of a flagship scheme to regenerate the core of the town. Mrs Julia Moore, who runs Moore's grocers at Hill Top with husband Adrian, said: "We have reduced the price of the shop. We are definitely selling up. "To be honest with you we are just fed up of Tesco's, and fed up that the council has allowed such a store when there are six or eight little local shops to support the community. We have been supporting the community for the last 24 years, and some of the others have been here longer. They should not have allowed it. "It's devastated us as a business. We're not doing too badly, although I've had to let a couple of staff go. The shop still earns its keep - it's us as people who are fed up. "We go and sit in the Tesco car park and watch all the customers who used to come in to us go in and out of there all the time."

A Madeley shopkeeper is selling up after more than 20 years because she says she is fed up with the impact of the new Tesco superstore which officially opened a year ago as the centrepiece of a flagship scheme to regenerate the core of the town.

Mrs Julia Moore, who runs Moore's grocers at Hill Top with husband Adrian, said: "We have reduced the price of the shop. We are definitely selling up.

"To be honest with you we are just fed up of Tesco's, and fed up that the council has allowed such a store when there are six or eight little local shops to support the community. We have been supporting the community for the last 24 years, and some of the others have been here longer. They should not have allowed it.

"It's devastated us as a business. We're not doing too badly, although I've had to let a couple of staff go. The shop still earns its keep - it's us as people who are fed up.

"We go and sit in the Tesco car park and watch all the customers who used to come in to us go in and out of there all the time."

She added: "They have to shop with their purse. You can't blame them, but it doesn't help a small shop trying to survive.

Asked about future plans she said, laughing: "Work for Tesco's!".

She added: "It depends if the business sells. It doesn't have to be a grocery store. There's a wonderful big bungalow out the back and a lot of land."

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