Tesco is to open another store in Brighton and Hove.
The supermarket chain plans to open a shop in West Way, Hangleton, on the site of the furniture store Hamseys.
Hamseys is due to close on Saturday 9 July. It occupies the old Co-op premises.
The Co-op closed the branch after taking over Alldays just around the corner in Hangleton Road.
The number of Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores in the area has drawn criticism and been the subject of controversy, particularly in Lewes Road, where Tesco dropped plans for a shop after protests.
Concerns have been expressed that the two supermarket companies in particular threaten small local grocers and similar established businesses.
At the moment there are 30 shops and a petrol station store close to the Grenadier pub which is opposite the site of the latest Tesco in West Way.
Twenty seven of these are occupied with the range of shops including the Co-op, a traditional bakery, a sandwich shop, four takeaways, a butcher’s, two pet shops, two chemists and two newsagents.
One shopper in Hangleton said yesterday: “We’re very well served at the Grenadier.
“But I don’t think Tesco would be coming here if it hadn’t done its homework and spotted enough of an opportunity.
“At least a dozen of the shops around here will be up against it.
“They have a lot of loyal local customers but Tesco will be a big draw no matter what anyone says.
“People moan about Tesco but a lot of them still they shop there and that’s partly because they’re always very competitive on price.
“And you can bet Tesco will be open early and shut late too.
“There are no charity shops here like there are down George Street and Blatchington Road – and I don’t expect Tesco to show any charity to its rivals.
“It will be interesting to see what effect it does have on the other shops in the coming months.
“As there are a couple of bookies, I’ve at least got a choice if I want to have a flutter on their chances of surviving.
“One thing’s for sure, I wouldn’t bet against Tesco coming out on top.”
Tesco already has five stores in Hove, five in Brighton and another in Portslade as well as the superstore at Holmbush, Shoreham, which is used by many shoppers from Brighton and Hove.
The stores in Hove include the superstore in Church Road.
Tesco Express stores have opened at the Palmeira Square end of Western Road, Hove, in Denmark Villas, Droveway and Dyke Road by the junction with The Upper Drive.
Portslade has a Tesco Metro in Station Road.
And in Brighton there are Tesco Express stores in Jubilee Street, Queen’s Road, St James’s Street, West Street in Rottingdean and Warren Road in Woodingdean.