The diggers were out on Roman Road last week. Behind the blue hoarding, nestled amongst Gladstone Place, Cardigan Road and Anglo Road, the former Safeway in Bow was leveled, in anticipation of the new Tesco Metro development. Judging by the planning applications, this one appears to be predominantly a residential development, with some commercial space, but is anchored by the Tesco.
Whilst on the DLR yesterday, travelling from Bow Church to Canary Wharf, I noticed another development of flats in the distance, with the requisite Tesco Metro on the ground floor. Turns out that one is Berkeley Homes’ Caspian Wharf on Violet Road. Sure, Tesco is handy and I do admit to doing my shopping there sometimes out of convenience. But I also sometimes shop at the Chinese food shop across the road from Bow Road tube station (Fine Food, 61 Bow Road), at Waitrose in Canary Wharf, at Borough Market, and any other shop that is convenient and stocks what I’m looking for. Out of curiosity – what do you think about having a Tesco Metro or any other high street supermarket in your neighbourhood?