Thumbs up for Hillingdon store
But Tesco ditch plans in other areas
SHOPPERS will still get a new Tesco supermarket in Hillingdon despite the giant store’s plummeting share price.
But its rival at the prime spot next to the A40 has decided to call it a day after failing to get planning permission.
Morrison’s will not be pursuing its bid to build a store on vacant land next to Hillingdon station.
Tesco has been hitting the headlines after the discovery of a £250million accounting error and continued concern from investors about falling sales and reduced profitability.
Earlier this month, Tesco ditched plans to build a huge superstore on Margate’s seafront, a result, it said, of shoppers switching from large stores towards neighbourhood outlets and the internet.
The supermarket has also retreated on two other stores in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire and Immingham, Lincolnshire, in a bid to revive sales and attract shareholders.
But a spokesman for the company said the plan to build at Hillingdon Circus, which was approved by a Hillingdon Council planning committee in August, will go ahead.
“We have no exact date of when work will start but we are still proceeding with the development,” they said.
The plan for the former Master Brewer site in Freezeland Way includes a 3,543sq m store, six-storey, 70-bedroom hotel and 125 homes.
A rival plan to build a Morrisons supermarket on the opposite side of the road to the Master Brewer site in Long Lane, Hillingdon, was refused in December 2013.
In a brief statement last week, Morrision’s said: “We were previously looking to bring a new Morrison’s to Hillingdon Circus as part of a larger, developerled scheme which was denied planning consent in December 2013.
“We are no longer involved in this site.”
10 things to do with an empty Hillingdon Circus plot – www.getwestlondon. co.uk/morrisonland.