Tesco has been given the go ahead to transform the old Newcastle General Hospital into a new retail-led health development, which will include the construction of a 55,000 sq ft Tesco Regeneration Partnership Store.
In conjunction with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, the grocer will create a campus area that also includes a health and wellbeing walk-in centre.
As well as serving the people of Newcastle’s West End it will provide the region with up to 1,000 jobs.
Doug Wilson, Tesco’s Corporate Affairs Manager, said: “By working in partnership with Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we will deliver real regeneration and new jobs to the area - vital in this current economic climate.”
Sir Leonard Fenwick, CEO of the trust, added: “This is all about making a positive and realistic contribution to the well-being and regeneration of the West End of Newcastle. The theme of Ageing and Vitality involves us all no matter what the walk of life.”
Some 350 jobs will be created by Tesco itself, while the other employment opportunities will be associated retail and research roles.
It is not the first untraditional Tesco development to get the go-ahead in recent months.
Back in November 2010 the supermarket multiple opened its first ever church conversion store, in Westbourne near Bournemouth, which has kept many of the original building’s features in order to blend into its surroundings.