Tamworth Co-op are to close their convenience store within Glascote Village to make way for a takeaway and office. They will however be moving to a new location.
Tamworth Co-op, the independent co-operative who own the Glascote Village store began trading in the town since 1886. They are now set to leave the ‘heart of the village’ location and move a short distance down the road to a new larger store on the site of the Anchor Inn Public House.
The plans have left local residents concerned that the closure of the store will remove the ‘heart’ from community and turn Glascote in to a ‘Takeaway Centre’.
Punch Taverns, the owner of The Anchor Inn first submitted plans to Tamworth Borough Council in 2011. The plan at this time was to completely demolish the existing building and build a new retail store as well as an additional unit, believed to be a takeaway. This plan was refused by the planning committee over concerns for the loss of the existing building.
In January this year, plans were submitted to change the use of the existing building from a drinking establishment to a shop, retaining the existing frontage of the Anchor Inn but extending the store to the rear.
It is hoped that the co-op store will provide around 15 jobs and be able to provide a better service to the local community, although at this time the store has been limited to trading between 7am-11pm Monday to Friday and 8am-10pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.
A letter of support, was received by the council stating that a change was welcomed to the existing pub as it had become an eyesore, in bad state of repair and was attracting unsavoury customers. It also stated that they were fed up with loud music late at night and swearing outside the location.
The news of this new larger store comes ahead of ALDI submitting plans to the Borough Council to build a supermarket, larger than the existing store on the site of Glascote Working Men’s Club.
It is believed that the German retailer aim to submit these plans shortly.
As part of the move Tamworth Co-op have now submitted plans to Tamworth Borough Council to turn the existing Glascote Road store in to a Hot Food Takeaway and Offices.
Objections have been lodged against these plans due to the existing number of takeaways in the vicinity.