Wanstead Tesco: Stealth opening?

Wanstead Tesco buzzing

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The poster on the outside says: “We’ll be opening some time in January.” The activity inside, with checkouts being tested and shelves being stocked says it’s going to be any day now. So what’s going on?

Could it possibly be that Tesco is wanting to avoid the promised demonstration at its opening from its Wanstead opponents? And thinks that if it should just happen that it opens at 7am on Monday morning, as if it was nothing special, then somehow the heat will be taken out of the whole thing?

We’ll see.

Announcing… Wanstead’s POT IDOL!

Yes, it’s here – a search up and down the highways and byways of Wanstead to find the biggest pot idol.

It’s the toughest competition in town.

Perhaps you know better. Let us know in the comments field below or upload pictures to Flickr tagged WANSTEADIUM.

Churches try to save South Woodford bookshop

Things don’t look too bright for the Wesley Owen Christian bookshop in South Woodford. The company went into administration just after Christmas, but, as the Bookseller magazine reports, church members in South Woodford have pledged £23,000 of a total £100K needed to keep the shop open. More details at the Christian Bookshops Blog.

Holy cow! Wanstead parking charges shock!

The plan to introduce fees for some of Wanstead’s previously free car parks was never going to be popular. But now the council has announced how much the charges are going to be.

It’s going to cose 10p for the first hour and £3 for three hours and over.

Imagine how quaint it’s going to feel, paying 10p for an hour’s parking. Maybe there’s some really clever marketing going on here, finally confirming Wanstead’s image as a village which the 1980s somehow forgot. “Wanstead – where the parking costs 10p” – you can almost see the adverts already.

Someone alert Horsfall and Wright to stock up on space hoppers – we can make a party of it.