Tesco plans all set to go ahead
Master Brewer store not scrapped
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