Tesco plans all set to go ahead

Master Brewer store not scrapped

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

SHOP­PERS have been promised a new Tesco su­per­store in Hilling­don – de­spite plans to scrap many de­vel­op­ments in a bid to turn the re­tail gi­ant’s for­tunes around.

Tesco an­nounced last week it is drop­ping plans for 49 new stores as part of a dras­tic mea­sure to im­prove its fi­nances.

The trou­bled re­tailer re­vealed ‘a sig­nif­i­cant re­vi­sion to our store build­ing pro­gramme’ on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 8.

But the su­per­mar­ket’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dave Lewis, told the Gazette last week a plan to build a Tesco store, ho­tel and houses on the for­mer Master Brewer site in Freeze­land Way, Hilling­don, will still go ahead.

Mr Lewis said: “We’ve care­fully re­viewed our planned new store de­vel­op­ments across the coun­try and it re­mains our in­ten­tion to open our planned store in Hilling­don.

“We con­tinue to be­lieve that the store will pro­vide a val­ued ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The new store will pro­vide a great shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence as well as bring­ing new jobs and in­vest­ment to the area.”

Hilling­don Coun­cil ap­proved the plan for Hilling­don Cir­cus in Au­gust. Since then, the company’s sales have slowed and its share price has plum­meted.

The de­vel­op­ment in Hilling­don in­cludes the 3,543sqm su­per­mar­ket, a six-storey 70 bed­room ho­tel and 125 homes.

Tesco prom­ise the store will bring 200 jobs to the area, with 30 per cent go­ing to the long-term un­em­ployed.

n IN STORE: Tesco want to build on the old Master Brewer Ho­tel site Photo by Toby Van­develde WL20110651

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