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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Free buses for Cumbrian Tesco customers while shop closes

Tesco will temporarily close its Carlisle city centre branch on Sunday for nearly two months.

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Temporary closure: Shoppers will get free buses from the Viaduct store to Rosehill one Tesco on the Viaduct, Carlisle; 14 August 2012. PAULA PAISLEY 50037352F016.JPG

The closure is so that the store, on Victoria Viaduct, can be revamped and asbestos safely removed from the building.

Staff will be transferred and free buses, operated by Reays, will run every 40 minutes from the city centre store to the out-of-town supermarket on Warwick Road. There will also be free return buses back to the city centre.

Bosses say they have taken the decision to “ensure the safety of customers and staff” while the firm freshens-up the look of the dated 1970s supermarket.

Letters informing customers of the temporary closure were sent to customers at the end of last week.

Judith Patterson, store manager, says: “We’re making the store fresher and brighter, giving shoppers more choice and a greater shopping experience.

“We can’t wait to welcome shoppers into the new-look store in early November.”

Doug Wilson, Tesco corporate affairs manager, added that the closure was taking place “on the expert advice of our contractors”.

He added: “It is paramount to ensure the safety of our customers and staff and this has led us to this decision.

“We have taken the decision to temporarily close our Metro store on Victoria Viaduct and its car park.

“This is not usual, however the works, including the removal of some quantities of asbestos, have to be donesafely.”

The supermarket is one of 430 Tescos to receive a makeover as the company invests £1bn.

Mr Wilson added: “The extensive work on the store will deliver a new look and feel to the store entrance with a new lobby and customer service desk.

“Inside the store customers will see new signage, lighting and refrigeration.

“There will also be improved ranges of fruit and vegetables, grocery and beers and wines.

“We are excited about the new-look store and look forward to welcoming our customers back in November.”

The store will close at 4pm on Sunday.

The Victoria Viaduct Tesco store originally opened back in 1971.

It cost £308,000 and was built on the site of the Viaduct Hotel, which had been demolished the year before.

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