Store doubts mean grocers lose out

PUBLISHED: 12:33 02 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010

A WISBECH couple who run the only independent greengrocery outlet in Whittlesey are watching their takings tumble because of uncertainty over the future of the Kwik Save store from which they trade. Neil and Veronica Watson lease a section of the store fo

A WISBECH couple who run the only independent greengrocery outlet in Whittlesey are watching their takings tumble because of uncertainty over the future of the Kwik Save store from which they trade.

Neil and Veronica Watson lease a section of the store for their business, Alice's Fruit Sales Ltd.

But shoppers are turning their backs on Kwik Save where shelves have been left empty, and are heading for Peterborough and March to shop.

Mr Watson said problems began when Kwik Save split from the Somerfield Group in February last year and was sold to a private consortium.

"My trade is down between 15 and 20 per cent on what it was," he said. "Because they haven't got the amount of people coming in, I am losing out. I cannot find out what is happening. They don't answer my letters. I would like to ask for compensation but what can I do if they won't answer my letters?

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