Sainsbury’s has launched a legal challenge against rival supermarket chain Tesco and its plans to build a new store in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
Both retailers submitted planning applications to build outlets in the town following Marlborough Town Council’s invitation in March 2009.
Tesco had its plans approved in April of this year but construction has been delayed due to Sainsbury’s opposition.
Sainsbury’s feels that both applications were not judged equally and that its plans are more sustainable for the local area.
Following public support from Marlborough locals, Tesco has now announced that it will start building the new store regardless of its rival’s protests.
Tesco spokesperson Melanie Chiswell said: “It’s been the best part of two years since we were invited to build a new supermarket and we’ve had huge local support from the start of the process.
“We don’t want to delay the store’s delivery for the people of Marlborough. This is our way of showing our commitment to local people, despite the legal challenge ahead of us.”
Around 2,000 local people have signed a petition written by the Marlborough Matters residents group asking for work to start on the 15,000 sq ft Tesco store which will create 150 jobs for the area.
Lisa Farrell, founder of the Marlborough Matters group, which has campaigned for Tesco to come to the area, said: “All the hard work has been worth it. This is not about Tesco or Sainsbury’s it is about what is right for the people of Marlborough.
“We need a good-value supermarket, Tesco has proposed a store that will bring benefits to everyone.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson, said: “We now look forward to the opportunity to find the right solution for Marlborough during a fair and transparent consideration of the two schemes.”