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Newmarket: Replacement Tesco store could create 200 jobs - as Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s all submit plans for town stores

09:00 06 May 2013

Artist impression of new Tesco in Newmarket

Artist impression of new Tesco in Newmarket

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A SUPERMARKET chain has said replacing its Newmarket store with a shop almost twice the size will create about 200 jobs.

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Tesco bosses, along with development partner Oaks Business Park Ltd, say they are keen to replace “the dated store” in Fornham Road with a new 9,870sq m shop.

The project would also see the building of new petrol station and boosting car parking spaces from 388 to 654.

Tesco is one of four supermarkets vying to bring a store to Newmarket, with Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s also submitting applications. A ruling on all bids will be made by a special Forest Heath District Council development control committee meeting on May 22.

The stores involved appear to be stepping up the promotion of their bids, with Sainsbury’s announcing last week that Odeon would be operating a five-screen cinema at their site – also in Fordham Road – if their application went forward.

Tesco have now thrown their hat into the ring and claimed their own planning application for Newmarket was submitted before the other supermarkets in March 2011.

Simon Petar, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said: “It is now over two years since we jointly announced plans to build a replacement store on our existing site in Newmarket. Our commitment to that multi-million pound investment is as strong today as it was back in 2011. We will deliver a fantastic and improved shopping experience, while also creating 200 new jobs for the community.”

The Fordham Road supermarket opened in the 1980s and Mr Petar said the store has become cramped and outdated. A spokesman for Tesco said the development would be one of the chain’s most eco-friendly.

Plans have also been submitted for a Morrisons in Exning Road, and an Asda on land backing on to Rowley Drive.

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  • Perhaps they should submit plans?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Perhaps they should submit plans?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • It won't "create" 200 jobs. It'll EMPLOY 200 people, but the knock-on effect will mean that hundreds more people locally will lose their livelihoods, so the net effect will be that it will DESTROY several hundred jobs. I wish you'd stop obediently quoting Tesco's propaganda verbatim and actually report the truth instead.

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    beerlover

    Monday, May 6, 2013

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