Why doesn't ASDA Love Battersea anymore?
Almost 2 years to the day that ASDA triumphantly announced that it had re-branded its Lavender Hill store as being in Battersea, finally ditching the incorrect "Clapham" label, the company has caused great offence in Battersea by completely ignoring its original re-launch in November and December 2008 by relaunching its re-vamped store as "ASDA Clapham".
Proud Battersea people have been deeply upset on entering the ASDA site by the array of new signs, even one within full view of Lavender Hill, Battersea's world famous road.....whoever hasn't heard of the 'Lavender Hill Mob' for goodness sake!
The pictures below tell their own very sad and upsetting story:
See these stories for proof of how ASDA has betrayed its promise to Battersea:
>> ASDA re-launch in Battersea - pictures and story (1st December 2008)
>> Major victory for campaign as ASDA re-launches with new Battersea name (27th November 2008 - with a copy of ASDA's own press release headed "ASDA Re-launches with new Battersea name")
This has caused great dismay and a deep sense of hurt across Battersea. Reactions have varied from outright anger and a sense of complete betrayal at this apparent corporate indifference, to utter bemusement.
When challenged, staff and managers at ASDA have been reported as saying that they believed the store was in Clapham and are even said to have shown an absolute lack of interest or sensitivity about the issue - some managers have even been said to have laughed. Oddly, one said that they knew it was in Battersea.....
So, how can an American behemoth like Walmart, have a subsidiary in the UK called ASDA, who rights the wrong it has made to Battersea over many years by a re-launch SW11tch Back to Battersea with great publicity in 2008, causing huge delight, then cause grave offence by a complete volte-face two years later, without the local management even seemingly being aware or remembering the way in which it delighted Battersea only 2 years earlier.
We are at a loss to know.
Why would any corporation give an impression of insensitivity about the community within which it is located, and that community's proud history?
But reasons why such an error could occur within any corporation could be thought to arise from any of the following:
We believe that this must be a very great mistake that ASDA is hugely embarrassed by and must surely be very very keen to rectify. If Walmart's or ASDA's CEOs knew of this they would surely act immediately to stand up for Battersea - we have faith that this is true!
Two years ago, Battersea thought it had discovered a huge global corporation who really cared and could make changes.
That entity seems no longer to exist.
Two years ago, ASDA had a manager named Andrew Holmes who showed all who knew him in Battersea that "he got it" and understood the hurt of many years caused by ASDA's wrong branding of its store which it claimed was in 'Clapham'.
So, that call from the people of Battersea is clear:
BRING BACK ANDREW HOLMES OR FAILING THAT GIVE BATTERSEA LOCAL AND UK LEADERSHIP FOR ASDA THAT IS PREPARED TO SHOW THAT IT REALLY CARES ABOUT BATTERSEA AND RESPECTS ITS HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY!
Moves are afoot to take coordinated action uniting a broad front of Battersea, London and national interests and people to ask ASDA to think again and turn itself back proudly once more to Battersea - once and for all without any further slap in the face to this wonderful place called Battersea.
There are thousands of Walmart and ASDA stores around the world, but across the globe there is only ONE BATTERSEA - its precious to us.
We ask ASDA to please please Love Battersea !!!