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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Tesco pushes ahead with plan for Carlisle supermarket

Tesco is understood to be pushing ahead with plans for a supermarket at Morton, Carlisle, despite dropping proposals for 100 new stores.

Reporting its first fall in profits for almost 20 years, Tesco said future growth would be focused online.

It is an open secret that Tesco was in pole position to acquire land at Morton earmarked for a store.

Carlisle City Council owns the site, which has outline planning permission for an 80,000sq ft supermarket, cafe, filling station, creche and hot-food takeaway.

The council invited offers from supermarket chains and received six expressions of interest.

Tesco was the only one to go public.

Council officials said earlier this year that they were close to announcing a deal.

But Tesco’s statement yesterday appeared to suggest that it might withdraw.

However, the News & Star understands that Morton remains on Tesco’s radar.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are committed to getting the best deal we can for the Morton site, for the benefit for the city as a whole. Negotiations are ongoing and are in an advanced stage.”

Tesco is dropping plans for large Tesco Extra developments, although it has not identified the affected sites.

Chief executive Philip Clarke said: “The large stores we have are great and we are doing a lot of work to make them more vibrant.”

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re stanwix letter 19th april, im all for a new burger king. why not build the new burger king on the old belah school site,

Posted by spitfire on 24 April 2013 at 11:22

I love going to Cumbria and Carlisle, but the highway planners leave a lot to be desired. Traffic will always be heave - but it can be controlled with better systems.
The current system has been borrowed from an Early Learning Centre play mat!

Posted by Alfiesays on 22 April 2013 at 13:46

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