Tesco takes over at old Merry Monk pub in Brownsover

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A FORMER Brownsover pub has been transformed into a Tesco 
Express - but not everyone is pleased by the takeover.

Staff and pupils at Boughton Leigh Infant School and Nursery were invited to the new Tesco Express store in Helvellyn Way which opened its doors for the first time on Friday.

Headteacher Andrew Moorcroft cut the ribbon and declared the new store officially open, whilst store manager Justyna Baran presented the school with a cheque for £500.

Mr Moorcroft said: “I would like to thank Tesco for this generous donation. It will enable Boughton Leigh Infant School and Nursery to provide additional resources for the education of the children in the local community.”

Justyna said: “We are really enjoying meeting our new customers and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”

Despite the celebrations, not everyone in Rugby is pleased another Tesco has opened in town.

The Brownsover branch - the Merry Monk pub that closed last year - is the third store to be opened by the UK’s largest supermarket chain in Rugby within the last couple of years.

Stan Buckley, of Reservoir Road, said: “We have another Tesco Express supermarket opening while just a few minutes down the Leicester Road we have the Tesco main store.

“Surely this has to be blatant greed by the supermarket giant? “It’s bound to affect the local shops nearby who have worked hard to establish their business serving the local community over the years. Let’s hope people will still support their local shops.”

Rugby Green Party has raised concerns that Rugby may become a ‘Tesco town’ if more mini supermarkets are allowed to open.

Peter Reynolds, Rugby Green Party chairman and Brownsover resident, said: “We have seen three Tescos open recently in Rugby that will and are impacting on local shops. In Brownsover residents have the worse case scenario where by the local public house, which could have been transformed into a valuable community resource, now has a Tesco in its place.”