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Is Tesco eyeing-up sites in Egremont?

Supermarket giant Tesco could be eyeing up Egremont as its next possible site in Cumbria.

Elaine Woodburn
Elaine Woodburn

Representatives from the chain were understood to be in town over the last week to explore the potential and it is believed talks have been held with at least two property owners over acquiring land.

One of the sites is said to be an area behind Main Street.

Tesco has declined to confirm or deny the interest, but corporate affairs boss Doug Wilson said: “We are always looking to add and improve the Tesco offer in Cumbria.”

Copeland Council leader Elaine Woodburn, an Egremont resident, said she had heard of the potential development but had not had anything confirmed.

“If there is a potential interest by anyone to develop in Egremont that’s something we would very much welcome,” she said.

“The town needs variety, a new store is bound to attract more shoppers, including Sellafield workers and generally increase the footfall.”

There have been concerns in recent years with the closure of several of the town’s shops being blamed on the Egremont bypass resulting in many people no longer using the main street as a direct route to and from Sellafield.

Meanwhile, work is starting to smarten up Tesco in Whitehaven – but it won’t affect plans for the £20 million North Shore store expansion.

The store will have reduced hours opening for a £1 million re-fit and facelift.

Mr Wilson said: “Work has started on a refresh to improve and update the current offer to customers. It is part of our ongoing investment in our stores across the UK and during the current work we will be investing over £1million in our store. This work does not alter our plans to bring a new and improved store to Whitehaven.

“Work will take five weeks to complete and will include moving some of our fresh foods to improve the location of the products and additional space for extra choice in our grocery department.”

Tesco still hopes to start building the store next year but plans have been put back around six months.

A planning application has gone in this week to extend bulk storage in the existing service yard on North Shore.

Have your say

Never mind looking for new stores elsewere, you have got planning permission and have so for a year for a Tesco Express on the old Horse and Farrier Pub site on Wigton Road in Carlisle and you still havent started any work on the site, its disgusting.

Posted by Carlisle Resident on 5 March 2012 at 13:26

blaming the bypass for shops shutting down ! what are you on ! dont you think its the very high rates your council charge ?

Posted by mr angry on 2 March 2012 at 17:20

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