Sadness after Tarring Village News closes

Dave Reed behind the counter at Tarring Village News''Picture by Malcolm McCluskey W26451H10

Dave Reed behind the counter at Tarring Village News''Picture by Malcolm McCluskey W26451H10

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A COUNCILLOR has blamed Tesco for the sudden closure of a village newsagents.

Tarring Village News, in High Street, Tarring, closed without warning in early December.

Now, residents fear it may never open again after it was said trade was taken away by a Tesco Express store in nearby Rectory Road.

The newsagents, opposite the George and Dragon pub, had been run for several years by Dave Reed, who won a Worthing Herald-backed business award earlier this year.

Solicitor Anthony Corcoran, who lives in the village, put a notice on the door stating: “The closure of Tarring Village News is a real loss to us all.”

It said customers were missing Mr Reed and would continue to do so.

Robin Rogers, a borough and county councillor, lives in High Street and made a point of ordering his papers and magazines from the newsagents, based in a building dating back to medieval times.

Mr Rogers said: “I am really sad and disappointed it has closed.

“To me, it is a victim of Tesco’s.

“I personally supported Dave. My bill was about £59 a month.”

He said the previous owners had been dealt a blow three or four years ago when the sub post office closed.

Then Tesco opened.

Mr Rogers hoped the newsagents would be taken over but feared it might not reopen again.