A Tesco spokesman at a meeting in Brighouse, Yorkshire where they are also fighting a new Tesco store, claimed that the Tesco in Stalham had rejuvenated the town. What he actually meant was that a survey of shoppers in Stalham showed that some 42% of people in Stalham now carried out their weekly food shop at Tesco but before Tesco arrived this was only 6%. The claim of rejuvenation was refuted by Nigel Dowdney, who runs the Stalham Shopper store and has been at the forefront of the anti-Tesco campaign. He said: "I am in the middle of Stalham and I know that they have not regenerated the town. The footfall has gone down dramatically over the years and has not recovered. When Tesco opened its supermarket the baker, the butcher, the fruit and veg shop, the fishmonger, the Co-op and Somerfield all closed."
Yet another example of Tesco playing by their own rules.