Dave Nattress… Just back from the current Tesco store at Church in the Wood! Am I right in thinking that the present store is actually the third generation store on this site? It’s obviously certainly the second but I think the first was built way back maybe not so soon after the roads around were built, then I think it was quite comprehensively re-built and enlarged then finally it was completely knocked down and the whole new, (present) store was built?
Peter Houghton… I think that the first one was built then they sort of half knocked down the store so just to keep it open just to sell the basics until the new one was built as it is now
Oliver James Leonard… They didn’t keep it very long
Barry French… I think that the Tesco’s that preceded the 1980 Church Wood store is the building that is currently occupied by Pound Stretchers in Wellington Square.
I could be completely wrong, but I think it was opened around 1969 either by Ronnie Corbett or Olympic Athlete David Emery. The store was on two floors with groceries on bottom floor & cloths on the top floor. Apologies if I’m talking a load of nonsense!!!
Alan Esdaile… Yes Barry, it was in the Pound Stretchers shop in Wellington Square and before that they had a small shop next to where McDonalds is now.
Martin Richter… i *think* that was Sainsbury’s ? marble counters and you paid at the back ?
Alan Esdaile… Sainsburys was a couple of shops along from Tesco, Martin and remember the marble counters.
Martin Richter…photo of me waring a t-shirt bought from Tesco’s in Wellington Sq
Wendy Weaver… It was in Wellington Square when I moved to Hastings in October 1979.