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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Tesco eyeing proposed new convenience store site

A supermarket giant has revealed it would hope to take over a proposed new convenience store in Egremont.

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Tesco

It is the first time that Tesco has publicly confirmed its interest in the site, at the junction of North Road and East Road.

Plans are being considered by Copeland Council today to transform the site of the former chocolate factory into a new retail development.

Egremont Assets’ proposals for the site, which has been vacant for more than 25 years, include two single-storey buildings for retail purposes. One would be used for a general convenience store, with the other split into three smaller units.

The plans also include a 31-space car park and delivery vehicle parking area.

Copeland’s planning officers have recommended members refuse the scheme, but retail giant Tesco has now revealed it would move into the convenience store – and create 20 new jobs.

Mark Thomas, a spokesman for Tesco, told the News & Star: “We’d be really keen to open a new Express convenience store at North Road in Egremont – and have hoped to open a store in the town for a number of years.

“We believe this is the best location in the town for our store, and will help to improve shopping choice for the community.”

He added: “Our store will create up to 20 jobs and bring a neglected site back into use.”

Mr Thomas explained that while exact details have yet to be confirmed, should the site be granted approval then Tesco would be keen to “build and open our store as soon as possible”.

Six letters of objection to the scheme have been lodged by nearby households, with concerns including pedestrian safety, parking, and an unacceptable increase in traffic.

Egremont town council has not officially objected to the scheme, but has stated that the development could take shoppers away from the town’s Main Street.

Copeland’s planning officer, John Groves, said it was the council’s view that there was an “alternative site” for the development at Chapel Street, which is behind Main Street and partly in the town centre boundary.

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i was talking to an o.a.p ww2 veteran who visited the Kwi bridge in thialand were 1000s of british soldiers died building the bridge.there was a railway station next to the bridge with a Tesco store there,talk about every little helps.

Posted by woof on 14 August 2014 at 14:09

I am all for regeneration especially when Egremont shoppers have the grand choice of Herons and the reassuringly expensive CO-OP.
If TESCO was to get the go ahead least it would introduce a bit of competition and there famous BOGOF. And not to forget the land that was formally occupied by the old milk marketing board has been standing empty since it was demolished.

Posted by Poacher Turned Gamekeeper on 13 August 2014 at 23:37

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