Thumbs up for Hilling­don store

But Tesco ditch plans in other ar­eas

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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