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Tesco to start building third Carlisle store in new year

Tesco will start building its third Carlisle store in the new year.

Horse & Farrier photo
The former Horse & Farrier pub

But the scheme is not its highly-anticipated £35 million supermarket at Morton – which could create at least 300 jobs – but another in the west of the city.

The firm has told Carlisle MP John Stevenson that it plans to push ahead with its redevelopment of the former Horse & Farrier pub site, off Orton Road.

And it remains in negotiations with Carlisle City Council over buying the site earmarked for the larger 90,000sq ft supermarket backing on to Ellesmere Way.

It is not yet clear, however, how pushing ahead with the convenience store scheme at the derelict pub site will fit in with the company’s wider plans for Carlisle, where there’s been a boom in supermarket developments in recent years.

At the time of being confirmed as the chain in detailed talks to buy the council-owned Morton site, Tesco said that if the larger scheme were to go ahead, the smaller one would be dropped.

The firm already has planning permission for a 4,350sq ft store on the bowling green of the boarded-up Horse & Farrier.

That development, creating about 20 jobs, would also see the boarded-up pub, designed by renowned architect Harry Redfern, brought back into use. Mr Stevenson said: “This is good news for our economy.”

In a letter to Mr Stevenson, Tesco apologised that bringing the Horse & Farrier site forward had “taken longer than anticipated”.

Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas confirmed the company had decided to press ahead with the convenience store. He said: “While discussions with the council regarding Morton are not resolved, we have decided to press ahead with the Horse & Farrier site.

“We will make sure we have a store that will be of great benefit to the community and should create up to 20 jobs.”

It was confirmed last month that negotiations between the council and Tesco about the Morton development were continuing, six months after Britain’s biggest supermarket chain was confirmed as the preferred bidder. As well as the land at Morton, those talks includes land in Viaduct Estate, where Tesco has permission for a supermarket, transferring to the council. Any purchase figure will be reduced by the millions the authority agrees to pay for the Viaduct.

Tesco already has a superstore at Rosehill and Tesco Metro in the city centre.

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So what's happened to the so called planned Tesco in Wigton, Tesco are being silent about it?

Posted by jim wigton on 10 December 2013 at 10:44

Good a nice blue shop up my end of town didn't want it to be the green of asda, ns

Posted by Swan on 10 December 2013 at 00:10

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