I will elaborate on this later, but in case you haven't noticed, the Express & Star is reporting an announcement from Tesco that the plans for a new store in Brownhills are officially dead.
This is exactly what I've been saying here for nearly two years. As soon as the plan was downgraded, the writing was on the wall.
The message from Tesco is loud and clear: 'Up yours, Brownhills. We've destroyed any hope for regeneration or growth in your town, because you're simply not worth it. But do keep spending your money in our existing store.'
This is disgraceful, but utterly predictable. With Tesco falling on hard commercial times, the cost of a rebuilt store would clearly not justify the gains.
Perhaps those in the community who bent over backwards to destroy what we had for a handful of beans might reflect on their legacy.
Would the last business to leave town please switch of the lights? Cheers.