The Black Dog, Ashford Common

September 15, 2013

On one of my regular journeys towards Tescoville,, I passed “The Black Dog”, which had been closed now for some time. And yes, the all-too-familar blue
boardings around the pub tells me that another Tesco express or local is being created.

The Black Dog survived for some time on being close to Kempton Park, a horse racing venue, and claimed to be last pub en-route from the M25 – trueish – there was/is a closer pub to the race course, but not if you take the first entrance to the racecourse on that route.

The Black Dog is on a junction of a lesser and a major road, and at the end of an arcade of mixed shops. There isn’t another supermarket in that parade, although there are shops that probably sell groceries. The competition is likely to be from a couple of petrol stations – BP with their M&S mini-store a couple of junctions further up, and a closer, smaller petrol chain with a smaller grocery section. Closer to Kempton Park is a big Tesco supermarket and a small M&S Simply Food.

Parking and road access may be more difficult for Tesco here. Being a dual carriageway main road, those heading away from Kempton Park have to get into the filtered turn-right lane – not the easiest in existance.

There isn’t an obvious candidate shop for closure when Tesco opens, unlike the Budgens when Mini Sainsbury’s opened on the ‘Green Man’ site, or the doomed looking Costcutter almost next-door to the now being built Tesco in Tescoville.

So yet again I ask – why is it always Tesco?

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