Probably the 300 Dundonians who get jobs will feel the 'bribe' was worth it. Or should Tesco go to Wales? Loads of other cumulative grants get awarded for less useful stuff. But it does seem somewhat tasteless in the current situation to be handing taxpayers dosh to successful business.
There was a programme on TV not so long ago. Tescos are building stores on some remote islands and "in exchange" for planning permission they are providing an electricity supply. They are also providing free internet connection and creating much needed jobs. It seems to me to be a reasonably equitable arrangement.
Maybe a bit of blackmail.Help us with the building costs or we will try elsewhere.Great for Dundee but I can't help think that most of the large supermarkets Hiked up all their prices and made very large profits because of the fuel shortage.And can well afford to pay the costs themselves.But maybe this is the way business is done nowadays.
For 6 months of the year I regularly shop in various Tesco Super stores. The prices I pay are absolutely fantastic and if I buy anything electrical they will not let me leave the store with it until they have opened it and tested that it is working. Service is always with a smile and never a queue at checkouts. I can buy fresh fish from a tank and prawns you would die for. Only problem is they never have HP sauce or OXO cubes.
But then I shop in Tesco Lotus in Thailand. A 100% improvement on any of their UK stores. So why the difference?
When Asda built a new store in my town part of the agreement with the council was that the supermarket giant provided the wherewithal to build a new road system in the area.
When the store was opened along with a number of other retail outlets on the site, the council took up the right to operate the large car park, complete with over officious parking wardens...:-)
Asda has to reimburse customers their parking fees to keep people visiting the store; the cost is almost certainly higher than it needs to be, as most people won't pay for less than an hour's parking to avoid parking tickets.