Store wars as Sainsbury’s takes on Tesco in the centre of Hove

Posted On 11 Sep 2018 at 5:38 pm

Sainsbury’s is challenging Tesco in Church Road, Hove, after buying the premises formerly used by a café and the neighbouring shop.

The supermarket group is moving into the old Raise bakery and café premises and the site of the recently closed Four Seasons store next door, previously Cullens.

The move comes 27 years after Sainsbury’s vacated its old Blatchington Road shop in October 1991 after a quarter of a century’s trading there.

The closure came a year before Sainsbury’s opened its West Hove branch, by the link road, off Old Shoreham Road, in October 1992.

At about the same time, Tesco closed its George Street branch as the main supermarket groups focused on bigger stores based at out-of-town or edge-of-town sites.

Having both shut premises in Churchill Square, Brighton, with Tesco quitting in the 1990s, the supermarket groups have since rediscovered the merits of what are now known as “metro”, “express” or “local” stores.

Tesco has since returned to the centre of Hove with its Church Road store and the two groups have since gone head to head in places such as Western Road, Hove, and St James’s Street, Brighton.

Now Sainsbury’s is preparing to turn the two former Church Road premises into one before opening a new front in the supermarket store wars at a date yet to be announced.

  1. saveHOVE Reply

    Sainsbury BUILT the vacated Blatchington Rd premises in the mid 1960’s. I am surprised they are not just moving back in. Far better they DO than The Gym get planning to have their proposed 24 hr gym there! Better for other retailers and the public.

  2. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    Dismaying to think that pleasant Church Road front will go and be replaced by another boring “brand” one.

    • Michael Miller Reply

      I totally agree with you. With your local political connections, can’t you help stop this?

      • Christopher Hawtree Reply

        Yes, maddeningly Planning – of which this is a part – has limited scope on fascias (and recessed doorways, which were once to be preserved are vanishing). I shall ask what can be done to keep that elegant frontage. The brickwork of the upper storeys along there is a continual delight (and the small towers at each end of blocks).

  3. emmajane37 Reply

    Another Sainsbury’s less than 7 mins walk from the Sainsbury’s opposite a Tesco at the end of Palmira Square, both 5 mins walk from a Co-Op, Waitrose and another Sainsbury’s….? And the big Tesco 10 mins away in Hove we are saturated with supermarkets it’s insane

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