Tesco plans fourth shop within one square mile in Leicester
A fourth Tesco Express store in a year is to open within a square mile.
The latest, in the former Quay pub in Western Boulevard, Leicester, is to open by the end of the month.
The former Quay pub is set to become a Tesco shop, in Leicester
A branch next to Leicester railway station, in London Road, opened, last month, another in the Haymarket centre, in August, and one in Granby Street, in April.
Sanjay Chudasama, manager of Big Bite baguette bar, opposite the Quay, said the imminent arrival of Tesco was "a concern" for businesses.
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"We already have a Sainsbury's and a couple of other supermarkets nearby," he said. "I imagine the Tesco will make a difference but we will have to wait and see."
An assistant at Nat's Supermarket, a few yards away on the corner of Mill Lane and Grasmere Street, said Tesco's arrival was "not good for any business around here".
More than 130 people signed a petition against Tesco opening the Granby Street branch last year.
It has now been open nearly 10 months and nearby shopkeepers said they had noticed a difference in trade.
Nilesh Vardoliya, of Premier convenience store, in Granby Street, said: "Sales are less than 50% of what they were last year. They charge silly prices so customers will shop there instead."
An assistant at Zag newsagents, in Granby Street, said: "It's pointless to protest now. We signed a petition when the store was announced and nothing happened."
The Quay had been a pub since 1998. It was a formerly a generator house for a railway goods yard.
Student Grace Hyland, 23, who lives in the city's West End, said: "There's already a Sainsbury's so it seems a bit strange to have a Tesco opposite.
"I think most people around here would have preferred a pub."
Leanda Francis, 27, of Northfields, Leicester, said she used the Tesco stores "a lot".
"I think they're very good to have," she said. "I don't know if we need any more, but they're often cheaper than other places."
Glenda Parish, 75, from Oadby, said: "I like the little Tesco shops. You can pop in for some milk on your way to the bus and it's very handy.
"But I suppose they do take customers from the paper shops and I wouldn't like to see them close."
Plans to convert the Queen of Bradgate pub, in Leicester's High Street, into a Tesco were dropped by the supermarket chain for "confidential commercial reasons".
Further from the city centre, a Tesco Express opened in Saffron Lane, Leicester, in February last year, followed the next month by one in Hinckley Road.
The city council turned down a plan by Tesco to put a store in Humberstone Lane, Rushey Mead, in January last year.
Tesco spokeswoman Melanie Chiswell said: "In a densely populated area, where there are lots of flats, there will be a higher population demanding convenience stores.
"There are many stores. I think a bit of healthy competition in that market helps all to thrive."