This is not out of altruism

A lordly Morrisons spokesman declares: “We continue to review our options to bring a new store to Bexhill.” (Morrisons still on the cards? August 7).

It is the parade of the old new reminding me of when Asda applied to set up shop in Silverhill a few years ago and, of course, of Wetherspoons’ current plans in Bexhill town centre.

The question always arises: Why?

Leaving aside the hyperbole of corporate spokesmen, councillors, officers (some but not all) and MPs that it is about jobs, competition, growth and the future – throwaway lines (speculation) never required to be proved (reality) – the answer likewise is always the same.

These mega corporations come here not out of altruism but to corner the market.

They are driven by the bottom line which dictates that they must eliminate the ‘competition’.

What is profitable is good regardless of whether it actually is and the effect on the local economy and community.

And in the end, when they have drained the locality, found it unprofitable, or gone bust (you quote Morrisons closures for example) they move on leaving the taxpayer to pick up the tab.

Stephen Jackson

Albert Road


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