‘A Coalisland Newell Stores shows the heart of our small town is dying’14, June 2012 | By: David McCann | 7 Comments »
COMMENT The third supermarket in Coalisland, along the Lineside, has been given the go ahead for an opening in Spring 2013.
The site takes in a large area of land, including the old egg factory and further down the Lineside that used to accommodate some houses and various businesses, which seemingly have all shifted.
In what seemed a long drawn out affair the planning for this supermarket has went back a number of years, and
with the said businesses relocating and the large factory knocked down, it seemed a certainty that this was to go ahead – before they had planning permission.
“It is a very bad move not simply because of competition. My concern lies with the already dying heart of the small town of Coalisland”
With a lot of debate, public opinion and rival supermarkets objecting, it seemed that an emergence of a new business in the town did not make a lot of economic sense.
Already there are two large supermarkets and from a layperson’s point of view, it always seemed that there was just enough of the town’s population to keep these two grocery stores going.
As a layperson who has grown up in the town and would be familiar with the town and its people, I find it surprising that despite public opinion, the general consensus that a third supermarket would take a lot of custom from Supervalu and Springisland and that the populace would be spread too thin to allow any of the businesses to thrive, this supermarket has been given the go ahead.
“Where has the local spirit gone? Coalisland has its best attributes in being a local, friendly place, but with the closing of local shops it is disappearing”
In my opinion I feel it is a very bad move not simply because of competition, as I feel some competition is healthy to give the consumer the best deal. My concern lies with the already dying heart of the small town of Coalisland.
The once busy and local business community of the town lies asunder. Main street resembles a ghost town, with many of the shops closing, or finding alternative means to sell their wares.
Where has the local spirit gone? Where is the familiarity of the shops and its products? I feel Coalisland has its best attributes in being a local, friendly place, but with the closing of local shops it is disappearing.
Maybe with the advancement of consumerism and larger shops maybe this is the natural evolution of things, which I can’t help but feel is unfamiliar and sometimes soulless.