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Tesco plans to bring 400 jobs to Dartford

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Tesco has announced revised plans for a new store, shops and homes regeneration programme in Dartford, Kent.

These proposals indicate that up to 400 jobs will be created by the development, which will provide opportunities for other retailers if given the go-ahead.

A public consultation is currently underway in the town, allowing members of the community to have their say on the design ideas.

The supermarket group’s plans have been amended following earlier consultation in 2008 and 2009, and Leader of Dartford Council Jeremy Kite has said it wanted the whole town and not just one retail operator to benefit from the development.

He believes the new proposals “would bring a superb Tesco store with a significant non-food product range but also give us a number of big format stores that other household-name retailers tell us they need”.

Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager Jonathan Simpson commented: “The council has been very clear about what it wants to achieve for Lowfield Street and the wider town.

“We’ve listened carefully and have developed new proposals which take these comments on board and which are also suitable for the current economic climate.

“Our new proposals will still create hundreds of new jobs for local people as well as new space suitable for other big name retailers and new community facilities.”

He added that the latest proposal includes a Regeneration Partnership, which did not appear in previous plans.

“This will ensure that a percentage of the new Tesco jobs are aimed at the local long-term unemployed.”

Published on Friday 10 December by Editorial Assistant

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