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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Island to get a Tesco – with 20 new jobs

A SUPERMARKET giant has announced plans to open a convenience store on Walney.

Tesco expects to create 20 jobs by opening an Express outlet in the former Ocean Road Stores premises.

A planning application is set to be submitted to Barrow Borough Council within the next week, which will include an extension to the front of the building – making the store about the same size as a tennis court.

The Evening Mail revealed in March that Tesco was in talks to take over the Ocean Road store but the supermarket giant refused to comment on “rumour or speculation”.

It is understood if planning permission is granted, the new store could open as early as late spring 2012.

Mac’s Convenience Store, in Amphitrite Street, is near the site of the new Tesco.

Owner Alex McEwen, who has been trading for almost 25 years,said in March: “A Tesco opening just over 100 yards away from my convenience store is going to have a catastrophic effect on my business and the livelihood of our staff.”

But the news has been welcomed by the borough council’s chief executive, Tom Campbell. He said: “We welcome this news. It is a positive sign when a major company like Tesco wants to invest in Walney.

“The proposed new store will boost employment opportunities, bringing jobs for local people. It will also offer improved shopping facilities for residents and visitors, which makes it good news for Walney.”

Furness Enterprise’s industrial development manager, Stuart Klosinski, said Tesco must demonstrate the store will not cause neighbouring shops to suffer.

He said: “It is important to have new jobs created on Walney, which has a population of between 10 and 12,000, provided it doesn’t adversely affect the existing retailers.”

Barrow’s mayor, Councillor John Murphy, of Mikasa Street, Walney, said: “I think it’s a fantastic idea. Anything that makes life easier for the people of Walney has to be of a benefit.

“Walney has a similar population to Ulverston, of around 12,000 people, and for many years we’ve been lacking the support of the major supermarkets – I think it’s something we need on the island.”

Have your say

i do live on the island its self and i am so EXCITED for the new tesco to come me and my buddys now have a place to hang out and go crazy !!

Posted by Tara on 18 February 2013 at 15:07

Are you on a two month delay !!!!!!!???????

Posted by Bob on 24 December 2011 at 22:32

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