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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Tesco planning Brampton store

Tesco wants to open a store in Brampton – and has been linked with a move to the town’s former HSBC bank.

The banking giant has confirmed the freehold for its former home on Front Street has been sold for an undisclosed fee.

Mystery surrounds the new owner’s identity, with HSBC describing them only as a “local businessman”.

The sale has, however, sparked rumours that Tesco could be the end user of the old bank. Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas said the chain had “no agreement” on a site in Brampton.

But he said: “We’d love to provide a store for the Brampton community and will consider opportunities.”

Brampton already has a Co-op and two branches of Spar.

Councillor Mike Mitchelson, who represents the town on Carlisle City Council and also runs a newsagents, wasn’t sure if an outlet for the supermarket in the town would be good news.

He said: “All conveniences are well catered for in Brampton at the moment. What Brampton really needs is specialist shops which will help attract more people to the town.

“Brampton has a nice market place but it needs one or two specialist shops to encourage more people to come, and for people who are here already to enjoy.”

HSBC closed its doors in Brampton on February 14, citing a drop in footfall.

Its old building has been empty since then.

A spokeswoman for the bank described bids for the building as “competitive”.

Property law allows freehold owners to lease buildings to other people or businesses.

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If nothing else ...

This is a wake up call to the "friendly, local traders" to remain competetive and up their game a bit (1 till open with a queue of 15, chatting to their mates with a massive queue building up, less than pleasant service to the non indigenous people) - the wolves are at the door ...

Posted by Terry on 16 July 2014 at 13:29

Chris - As a Hexham resident I disagree regarding the Hexham Tesco. You say 'More to the point, it brought trade INTO the town, and local businesses are thriving. I don't see empty shops and deserted streets when I go there' - speak to local shop keepers - Tesco is putting the nail into Hexham town centre. There are plenty of empty shops and plenty of charity shops. Independent traders are on a knife edge. It is the last thing Brampton needs.

Posted by Jim on 16 July 2014 at 12:48

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