The UK’s leading retailer, Tesco, has been granted planning permission to proceed with three store extensions in the south-west of England, it was confirmed today.
Full planning consent was given to work at its Axminster store in Devon and resolutions to grant planning consent were passed subject to completing 106 agreements for its Wadebridge and Taunton stores in Cornwall and Somerset respectively.
Cornwall Council’s ruling was particularly beneficial to the grocery giant, as it ruled that Tesco could expand the size of its Wadebridge outlet but refused permission requested by rivals Morrisons and Sainsbury’s to build their own out-of-town stores in the area.
Tesco in Wadebridge will increase by 15,000 sq ft, the Castle Street Taunton outlet will grow by around 50 per cent or 14,000 sq ft, with a new mezzanine and 54 extra car park spaces added, whilst the Axminster store will expand by 32,000 sq ft.
To secure the extension at Axminster, the retailer had to agree with East Devon District Council to build a new decked car park for 32 spaces, a new pedestrian bridge, and supply £60,000 in funding for a new town bus service.
Juliette Bishop, spokesperson for Tesco, said: “The store extensions provide us with an opportunity to meet our customers’ demands for more choice and a better shopping experience at these locations.
“We believe that it is now the right time to bring a range of improvements to the stores that will help maintain and enhance the vitality and trade in each of the town centres.”
With little land available at present, these extensions and the recently secured planning consent to build a new 35,000 sq ft in Coalville, Leicestershire shows Tesco is still managing to find ways to grow.
Earlier this month the Office of Fair Trading cleared Tesco to take control of a number of former Mills Group outlets in the north-east of England under its One Stop operation, extending its store portfolio by 76.