“We want Asda.”
That is the message coming from the people of Scarborough after Tesco announced last week it was pulling out of its proposed new store in Dean Road.
The retailer has decided not to move forward with purchasing the old Scarborough Borough Council depot site, blaming “economic conditions” for the reasons to call time on the long-running saga.
The Scarborough News stopped 10 shoppers at random in the town centre and asked them all the same question: “What would you like to see replace Tesco in Dean Road.”
Nine of the responders, unprompted, replied with “Asda”, the other said there were already enough places to shop in the town.
Asda also got a number of mentions on our Facebook page after we broke the Tesco news on Friday.
The store was beaten out by Tesco in 2010 for the Dean Road site, when Tesco offered £20 million to secure the development, beating Asda’s offer.
When contacted, an Asda spokesman refused to be drawn on its future plans and if it would return with another bid.
Tesco, meanwhile, said it would look to improve its Westwood store in the town, admitting that it could now look to redevelop or extend the store.
Spokesman Mark Thomas said: “We will now be focusing on providing an even better service for our customers from our existing store at Westwood, which has been serving the community for over 25 years.”
MP Robert Goodwill said he was willing to speak to Asda to get them to come.
He said: “The majority of people that wrote to me in 2010 were not fundamentally against Tesco, they just would have preferred Asda.
“At the time the council had no option but to accept the highest bid, if it had taken the lower Asda bid it would have been in front of district auditors.”