New supermarkets destroy more jobs than they create – open letter to Craig #Whittaker MP

Dear Craig Whittaker,

I question your statement, reported in the Hebden Bridge Times, that a proposed new supermarket to be developed on the Mytholm Works site will create new jobs.

In fact, new large supermarkets destroy more jobs than they create. One source of evidence for this is the paper “Superstores and Employment in Retailing” by Dr David Thorpe, Head of Research, John Lewis Partnership, October 1999.
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Incredible Edible Mytholm surveys business impacts of proposed supermarket & hotel

Incredible Edible Mytholm (IEM) members and supporters braved the snow on Sunday afternoon to deliver Hebden Bridge Retailers Survey questionnaires to 77 town centre businesses.

Judi,Myra and Chris on Market Street, with the Hebden Bridge Retailers Survey

The survey aims to find out what impacts businesses think the proposed supermarket and hotel development at the Mytholm Works site will have on them and their local suppliers. IEM is carrying out the Survey with assistance from Chris Beebe, the Coop’s Planning Manager North.
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