Sainsbury’s to open near Broadway
Sainsbury’s plan for the 200 sq metre shop, which will be only a short walk from Broadway Market, was only revealed after they submitted a licence application to sell alcohol (you can object here). Hackney Council planners changed the classification of the units from offices to retail in May without referring the decision to a committee. The planning report made no mention of the effect that the development could have on the viability of Broadway as a shopping street.
There are five stores on Broadway Market who have stuck with Broadway for many years contributing to the growth in popularity of the street. Their reward will be to have that success put at risk.
Between them, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have been damaging Hackney’s reputation as a home for independent stores with a current battle at Stoke Newington. Hackney granted Tesco permission for a new store in Lower Clapton despite a local campaign opposed to the development.
Sainsbury’s use a PR company that employs members of Hackney’s Labour Group to provide them with contacts to lobby for the Stokey store.
Hackney Council has a love affair with large chain stores, recently awarding a contract to a firm backed by Starbucks to provide the cafe at the CLR James Library. It is not known what the late Mr James, a lifelong socialist, would think about a memorial to him being occupied by big business.