Petition against new supermarkets in York is launched

Graham Kennedy, front, and staff at the Hull Road filling station, who are protesting about plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket nearby

Graham Kennedy, front, and staff at the Hull Road filling station, who are protesting about plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket nearby

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Business editor

A YORK businessman has launched a petition against the opening of more supermarkets as Sainsbury’s plans to open its third branch in the city.

Graham Kennedy, owner of Hull Road service station, is taking a stand against an “oversaturisation” of superstores in York, having counted 16 in the city already.

He says the long-term future of many independent family businesses would suffer if more large stores operated in the city.

Although Sainsbury’s says its proposals do not include a petrol filling station as part of its plans for a new store at the current B&Q site in Hull Road, Mr Kennedy believes there is no requirement for another supermarket and said he feared for the future of his business of 25 years, and for his 36 staff.

Mr Kennedy’s petition, to be presented to City of York Council, asks the authority not to approve any further supermarkets in York without a public debate. It has received backing from York Outer MP Julian Sturdy and more than 700 signatures within ten days of its launch.

Mr Kennedy said: “Short-term job creation by supermarkets for mainly part-time vacancies is a fallacy, as they result in closures of smaller family business retailers who are unable to compete in a retailing environment controlled by four major supermarkets.”

He also fears that Hull Road would become “gridlocked”.

Sainsbury’s, which says up to 400 jobs will be created, was today launching a public exhibition into its plans at St Thomas’s Church, in Osbaldwick Lane, from 11am until 7pm and tomorrow from 11am to 4pm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Our plans include a 60,000 sq ft food store with a customer café, cash machine facilities, around 490 car parking spaces and two electric vehicle charging bays. The scheme we are consulting on does not include proposals for a petrol filling station.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Sainsbury’s to bring a new food store to York and subject to securing planning permission, we look forward to taking possession of the site on Hull Road and bringing greater choice to the local community.”

Brian Madderson, chairman of the petrol retailers association RMI, added his support to Mr Kennedy’s plight, saying: “A new supermarket forecourt will suck up the entire volume of at least six independent forecourts in that local area with a negative impact on jobs, local spend, and local facilities.”

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10:05am Fri 24 Jan 14

JHardacre says...

Odd that someone in the business of selling petrol is seeking to limit the number of cars passing his establishment.
Odd that someone in the business of selling petrol is seeking to limit the number of cars passing his establishment. JHardacre
  • Score: 35

11:13am Fri 24 Jan 14

BL2 says...

Totally about the petrol and Student sales. His garage sells more expensive petrol and is an overpriced convenience store for the University. Sainsburies opening is in direct competition and will take his business away unless he is competitive. Personally I want the supermarket there as it means I no longer need to drive to Monks Cross or into York to do my shopping!
Totally about the petrol and Student sales. His garage sells more expensive petrol and is an overpriced convenience store for the University. Sainsburies opening is in direct competition and will take his business away unless he is competitive. Personally I want the supermarket there as it means I no longer need to drive to Monks Cross or into York to do my shopping! BL2
  • Score: 46

11:13am Fri 24 Jan 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

"Oversaturisation"?!
"Oversaturisation"?! Just zis guy, you know?
  • Score: 20

11:14am Fri 24 Jan 14

Exlabourmember says...

2 things

1) they're closing one and opening one so his argument hardly holds water

2) he charges ridiculous prices so no wonder he'd be worried about a supermarket opening a petrol station that charged reasonable amoounts
2 things 1) they're closing one and opening one so his argument hardly holds water 2) he charges ridiculous prices so no wonder he'd be worried about a supermarket opening a petrol station that charged reasonable amoounts Exlabourmember
  • Score: 33

11:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

Exlabourmember says...

quick search petrol prices on Hull road/Lawrence/Street
/Foss Islands

Morrisons 126.9
Jet 127.9
Mr Kennedy 129.9
quick search petrol prices on Hull road/Lawrence/Street /Foss Islands Morrisons 126.9 Jet 127.9 Mr Kennedy 129.9 Exlabourmember
  • Score: 37

11:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

Teabag1 says...

In theory I agree that there are too many of the major players in such a small city which are leading to small independent shops closing, wait till tesco own every shop in the world they will charge what they like then.
In theory I agree that there are too many of the major players in such a small city which are leading to small independent shops closing, wait till tesco own every shop in the world they will charge what they like then. Teabag1
  • Score: 20

12:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

TCJYork says...

He won't make as much as you might think out of the petrol, his real concern will be the shop.
He won't make as much as you might think out of the petrol, his real concern will be the shop. TCJYork
  • Score: 9

1:07pm Fri 24 Jan 14

chelk says...

He obviously does not like competition and sees he will have to reduce his prices to compete that will hit him in his pocket. Open the supermarket.
He obviously does not like competition and sees he will have to reduce his prices to compete that will hit him in his pocket. Open the supermarket. chelk
  • Score: 22

1:42pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BigJon says...

I wonder if he's paying royalties to the BBC for the use of the Dalek picture linked to the phrase "Exterminate..."
I wonder if he's paying royalties to the BBC for the use of the Dalek picture linked to the phrase "Exterminate..." BigJon
  • Score: 17

2:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Pedro says...

I only see Sturdy in the Tesco store in York. Never seen him elsewhere.
I only see Sturdy in the Tesco store in York. Never seen him elsewhere. Pedro
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Fri 24 Jan 14

zorpie says...

Pedro wrote:
I only see Sturdy in the Tesco store in York. Never seen him elsewhere.
Julian Sturdy has held surgeries at many other stores, in addition to his normal constituency surgeries, home visits and public meetings.
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: I only see Sturdy in the Tesco store in York. Never seen him elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Julian Sturdy has held surgeries at many other stores, in addition to his normal constituency surgeries, home visits and public meetings. zorpie
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

yourkidding says...

it looks like to a lot of you do not like mr kennedy there quite a lot of large supermarkets in York .
it looks like to a lot of you do not like mr kennedy there quite a lot of large supermarkets in York . yourkidding
  • Score: -3

4:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

meme says...

Its called capitalism and results in survival of the fittest which is good for all of us
Ditto hoteliers who are complaining about the number of hotels etc
People go where the offering is best whether that is price, convenience or service and if you don't give the public what they want to buy......you fail ........... full stop!
Its called capitalism and results in survival of the fittest which is good for all of us Ditto hoteliers who are complaining about the number of hotels etc People go where the offering is best whether that is price, convenience or service and if you don't give the public what they want to buy......you fail ........... full stop! meme
  • Score: 13

4:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I cannot see why the opinions of petrol retailers are quoted when Sainsbury have said their plans do not include a filling station?
And does he really think that the petition, even if it got 10,000 signatures, would stop the store being opened?
I cannot see why the opinions of petrol retailers are quoted when Sainsbury have said their plans do not include a filling station? And does he really think that the petition, even if it got 10,000 signatures, would stop the store being opened? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 14

4:58pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Sign 'O' The Times says...

He is worried about the future of his 36 staff? Worried that they would all go to Sainsbury's more like.
He is worried about the future of his 36 staff? Worried that they would all go to Sainsbury's more like. Sign 'O' The Times
  • Score: 17

5:57pm Fri 24 Jan 14

NoMorePlease says...

yourkidding wrote:
it looks like to a lot of you do not like mr kennedy there quite a lot of large supermarkets in York .
In English please
[quote][p][bold]yourkidding[/bold] wrote: it looks like to a lot of you do not like mr kennedy there quite a lot of large supermarkets in York .[/p][/quote]In English please NoMorePlease
  • Score: 7

7:28pm Fri 24 Jan 14

TravelQueen says...

I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on.
I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on. TravelQueen
  • Score: 8

7:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Ican'tdecideonaname says...

It's totally obvious that Mr Kennedy is not really bothered about another supermarket opening in York, he's bothered that its next to his petrol station, I wouldn't mind betting that if it was opening on the other side of York he wouldn't have given two hoots about it.
It's totally obvious that Mr Kennedy is not really bothered about another supermarket opening in York, he's bothered that its next to his petrol station, I wouldn't mind betting that if it was opening on the other side of York he wouldn't have given two hoots about it. Ican'tdecideonaname
  • Score: 11

11:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

malonemalone says...

does he have copywrite for the dalek and 'exterminate'....i might just have a check...............
...........he doesnt care about supermarkets opening he just doesnt want one next to his place...............
....Sainsbury will so have a petrol station on Hull road it is perfect for it
does he have copywrite for the dalek and 'exterminate'....i might just have a check............... ...........he doesnt care about supermarkets opening he just doesnt want one next to his place............... ....Sainsbury will so have a petrol station on Hull road it is perfect for it malonemalone
  • Score: -1

1:03am Sat 25 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I just like to say the , ARNT THERE ENOUGH SUPERSTORES IN YORK and Sainburys say consultation, Now this in somthing the council should be overseeing , York Dounuts continues to Grow and Grow and Grow , Just another Clifton Moor / Monks Cross.
I just like to say the , ARNT THERE ENOUGH SUPERSTORES IN YORK and Sainburys say consultation, Now this in somthing the council should be overseeing , York Dounuts continues to Grow and Grow and Grow , Just another Clifton Moor / Monks Cross. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

2:26am Sat 25 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Looks like I won my bet. sweet!
Looks like I won my bet. sweet! Magicman!
  • Score: 0

2:37am Sat 25 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

TravelQueen wrote:
I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on.
I personally agree about mini supermarkets... they take out retail space that could otherwise be used by independant traders that, who knows, perhaps the first store in York would have been the start of some multi-national venture - as every buisness has to start somewhere. Even though the Jacksons brand was technically of mini-supermarkets, they were small franchises and so were far more 'local' than a mini-sainsburys or M-local could ever be.

But for big supermarkets on the orbit routes of the city, I have no problem with. For years, York has had a 'golden Y' situation when it came to supermarkets: if you didn't live near Askham Bar, Clifton Moor, or Monks Cross then you had a fair way to go for a supermarket - with the Hull Road end of the city being the furthest suburban area away from a supermarket. Having a Sainsburys there will fix that situation; BUT I would also like to think that the A64 junction will be vastly improved to deal with traffic flow - and by 'Vastly Improved', I would be referring to a tunnel from the outbound Hull Road (the tunnel entrance being at the junction for the sport village and P&R site) which would then go straight onto the westbound A64 by a slip road - thus taking out at least 50% of the traffic that goes on the roundabout junction and practically getting rid of the horrible queues you get on the outbound Hull Road from 4pm onwards.
[quote][p][bold]TravelQueen[/bold] wrote: I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on.[/p][/quote]I personally agree about mini supermarkets... they take out retail space that could otherwise be used by independant traders that, who knows, perhaps the first store in York would have been the start of some multi-national venture - as every buisness has to start somewhere. Even though the Jacksons brand was technically of mini-supermarkets, they were small franchises and so were far more 'local' than a mini-sainsburys or M-local could ever be. But for big supermarkets on the orbit routes of the city, I have no problem with. For years, York has had a 'golden Y' situation when it came to supermarkets: if you didn't live near Askham Bar, Clifton Moor, or Monks Cross then you had a fair way to go for a supermarket - with the Hull Road end of the city being the furthest suburban area away from a supermarket. Having a Sainsburys there will fix that situation; BUT I would also like to think that the A64 junction will be vastly improved to deal with traffic flow - and by 'Vastly Improved', I would be referring to a tunnel from the outbound Hull Road (the tunnel entrance being at the junction for the sport village and P&R site) which would then go straight onto the westbound A64 by a slip road - thus taking out at least 50% of the traffic that goes on the roundabout junction and practically getting rid of the horrible queues you get on the outbound Hull Road from 4pm onwards. Magicman!
  • Score: 0

7:35am Sat 25 Jan 14

TravelQueen says...

Magicman! wrote:
TravelQueen wrote:
I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on.
I personally agree about mini supermarkets... they take out retail space that could otherwise be used by independant traders that, who knows, perhaps the first store in York would have been the start of some multi-national venture - as every buisness has to start somewhere. Even though the Jacksons brand was technically of mini-supermarkets, they were small franchises and so were far more 'local' than a mini-sainsburys or M-local could ever be.

But for big supermarkets on the orbit routes of the city, I have no problem with. For years, York has had a 'golden Y' situation when it came to supermarkets: if you didn't live near Askham Bar, Clifton Moor, or Monks Cross then you had a fair way to go for a supermarket - with the Hull Road end of the city being the furthest suburban area away from a supermarket. Having a Sainsburys there will fix that situation; BUT I would also like to think that the A64 junction will be vastly improved to deal with traffic flow - and by 'Vastly Improved', I would be referring to a tunnel from the outbound Hull Road (the tunnel entrance being at the junction for the sport village and P&R site) which would then go straight onto the westbound A64 by a slip road - thus taking out at least 50% of the traffic that goes on the roundabout junction and practically getting rid of the horrible queues you get on the outbound Hull Road from 4pm onwards.
I agree with what your saying here.

I have no problem at all with the larger supermarkets. I use them often. Its the mini markets springing up all over the city centre. They have the money and if people shop there they will continue to build them. I just think the council needs to be a little more carfeul where they are allowing them to be placed. There is now 3 within 2 minutes walk of each other, sainsburys, tesco and morrisons. I would avoid tesco express on a Saturday afternoon especially in the summer. I dread work as customers dont want to go anywhere near ousegate anymore on a Saturday, its now one of our quietest days.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TravelQueen[/bold] wrote: I'm soooo tired of these small supermarket chains in the city. I work ion low ousegate and all Tesco express attracts on a Saturday afternoon is a convoy of drunk stag and hens buying cigarettes and more booze, causing a disturbance for everyone in the street and using our doorway as a smoking shelter, urinal, sick bucket and relationship crisis centre. I was so disappointed when jessops turned into a morrisons. It could have been so much more. The current York council needs to tackle the behaviour that is going on.[/p][/quote]I personally agree about mini supermarkets... they take out retail space that could otherwise be used by independant traders that, who knows, perhaps the first store in York would have been the start of some multi-national venture - as every buisness has to start somewhere. Even though the Jacksons brand was technically of mini-supermarkets, they were small franchises and so were far more 'local' than a mini-sainsburys or M-local could ever be. But for big supermarkets on the orbit routes of the city, I have no problem with. For years, York has had a 'golden Y' situation when it came to supermarkets: if you didn't live near Askham Bar, Clifton Moor, or Monks Cross then you had a fair way to go for a supermarket - with the Hull Road end of the city being the furthest suburban area away from a supermarket. Having a Sainsburys there will fix that situation; BUT I would also like to think that the A64 junction will be vastly improved to deal with traffic flow - and by 'Vastly Improved', I would be referring to a tunnel from the outbound Hull Road (the tunnel entrance being at the junction for the sport village and P&R site) which would then go straight onto the westbound A64 by a slip road - thus taking out at least 50% of the traffic that goes on the roundabout junction and practically getting rid of the horrible queues you get on the outbound Hull Road from 4pm onwards.[/p][/quote]I agree with what your saying here. I have no problem at all with the larger supermarkets. I use them often. Its the mini markets springing up all over the city centre. They have the money and if people shop there they will continue to build them. I just think the council needs to be a little more carfeul where they are allowing them to be placed. There is now 3 within 2 minutes walk of each other, sainsburys, tesco and morrisons. I would avoid tesco express on a Saturday afternoon especially in the summer. I dread work as customers dont want to go anywhere near ousegate anymore on a Saturday, its now one of our quietest days. TravelQueen
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Sat 25 Jan 14

no_hate_mod says...

Spite, disdain or hatred belittles any argument. Rigorous analysis is needed before any decision is made, this is absolutely necessary. Local residents, businesses (Inner Space Stations and others) and the Council need to assess the traffic and wider implications before any planning decisions are made. Some of these comments are valid, but there are always two sides to every argument and both need to be explored. Hate should not be a part of this.
Spite, disdain or hatred belittles any argument. Rigorous analysis is needed before any decision is made, this is absolutely necessary. Local residents, businesses (Inner Space Stations and others) and the Council need to assess the traffic and wider implications before any planning decisions are made. Some of these comments are valid, but there are always two sides to every argument and both need to be explored. Hate should not be a part of this. no_hate_mod
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ouseswimmer says...

Just zis guy, you know? wrote:
"Oversaturisati
on"?!
Possibly a reference to when saturation is over and things are drying out? He would be better trying to sell the business before this all happens.
[quote][p][bold]Just zis guy, you know?[/bold] wrote: "Oversaturisati on"?![/p][/quote]Possibly a reference to when saturation is over and things are drying out? He would be better trying to sell the business before this all happens. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 0

4:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Roger S says...

capitalism can be good but even capitalists recognise a monopoly is negative and sooner or later market dominance by a few firms can turn bad. I'd be surprised if he makes more than 6p a litre on his petrol and cannot buy it as cheaply as supermarkets, nor cross subsidise as heavily on trolley sales. He may have a nice car but he probably has over a million pounds invested in his business so should be able to earn as much as a civil servant if not more. He is running the risks. He is probably praying the supermarket want to buy his forecourt right now.
capitalism can be good but even capitalists recognise a monopoly is negative and sooner or later market dominance by a few firms can turn bad. I'd be surprised if he makes more than 6p a litre on his petrol and cannot buy it as cheaply as supermarkets, nor cross subsidise as heavily on trolley sales. He may have a nice car but he probably has over a million pounds invested in his business so should be able to earn as much as a civil servant if not more. He is running the risks. He is probably praying the supermarket want to buy his forecourt right now. Roger S
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Roger S says...

also if he has a nice car it may be because his wife works for the government, or he inherited some cash.
also if he has a nice car it may be because his wife works for the government, or he inherited some cash. Roger S
  • Score: 0

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