Century-old Battersea pub Prince of Wales shuts to become Tesco

Campaigners outside the Prince of Wales

Campaigners outside the Prince of Wales

WAND GREEN (TMO AM) Century-old Battersea pub Prince of Wales shuts to become Tesco

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A much-loved century-old pub is set to become a Tesco after owners could not afford to keep it open.

Prince of Wales, in Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, shut up shop last week despite a campaign from pub-goers to keep it open.

The pub was first under threat last year when developers wanted to partially demolish the Victorian buildings and build housing in it's place.

Campaigners breathed a sigh of relief when developers A4Design Consulting Limited withdrew their planning application last year.

But last week the pub announced it was closing to undergo refurbishment to make way for a new Tesco.

Planning law makes it possible for supermarkets like Tesco to take over pubs without any planning permission.

Pub owners, Faucett Inn, have been struggling to keep the pub open following a decline in customers and put it on the market.

Peter Webber, who lives next door, said: "I like living next to a pub. What do I want a Tesco for?"

Dominic Prince, a neighbour, said: "We have a good parade of shops it will just close those down. It is quite terrible I think."

A spokesman from Tesco said: "We have been told by the owners the pub unfortunately was closed due to a drop in sales and was advertised openly on the property market, which is how we heard about the opportunity."

The pub was first called The Rising Sun and was opened as early as 1851, it was renamed The Settle Inn in 2000, before being taken over by Faucett Inn and renamed Prince of Wales.


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4:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

buggsie says...

I went into that pub recently thinking it was where I had a meeting of the Battersea Society. The pub was empty - no wonder the owners are looking to close the pub down - if pubs don't make any money their owners sell them - end of.
Rather a shame so few pubs are privately owned - when pubs are part of a chain - the pub has to keep Head Office Staff, Area Managers and so on - reason being pint is so expensive and a glass of wine can cost £8.95.
Please NO TESCO - we have enough food shops in the area - and an over weight society.
I went into that pub recently thinking it was where I had a meeting of the Battersea Society. The pub was empty - no wonder the owners are looking to close the pub down - if pubs don't make any money their owners sell them - end of. Rather a shame so few pubs are privately owned - when pubs are part of a chain - the pub has to keep Head Office Staff, Area Managers and so on - reason being pint is so expensive and a glass of wine can cost £8.95. Please NO TESCO - we have enough food shops in the area - and an over weight society. buggsie
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4:17pm Thu 20 Feb 14

motorbird says...

It's a ghastly prospect. This is a residential neighbourhood in a conservation area and we have great shopping very close by. Small privately-owned shops will be squeezed out of business. I have spoken with dozens of residents and not a single one is anything but appalled. The cosensus is: we don't need a Tesco, we don't want a Tesco. This will have to be fought. See www.save-the-prince-
of-wales-sw11.org and sign up for email updates, sign the e-petition, be angry even if you don't live next door. Tesco don't run the planet.
It's a ghastly prospect. This is a residential neighbourhood in a conservation area and we have great shopping very close by. Small privately-owned shops will be squeezed out of business. I have spoken with dozens of residents and not a single one is anything but appalled. The cosensus is: we don't need a Tesco, we don't want a Tesco. This will have to be fought. See www.save-the-prince- of-wales-sw11.org and sign up for email updates, sign the e-petition, be angry even if you don't live next door. Tesco don't run the planet. motorbird
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Phil69 says...

This could be a fantastic pub. The Duke of Cambridge and the Albert pubs nearby are almost always busy., as was this one in its previous incarnation as The Settle Inn. The sorry state of the pub recently was more down to bad management than anything else. Please Tesco, go away and don't ruin this place forever. We DON'T need or want yet another mini supermarket.
This could be a fantastic pub. The Duke of Cambridge and the Albert pubs nearby are almost always busy., as was this one in its previous incarnation as The Settle Inn. The sorry state of the pub recently was more down to bad management than anything else. Please Tesco, go away and don't ruin this place forever. We DON'T need or want yet another mini supermarket. Phil69
  • Score: 1

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