Tesco Bingham store plans are scrapped
1:00pm Thu Nov 03, 2016
Tesco carried out some work on the site of its proposed Bingham store in March this year, just before its planning permission would have expired.
Tesco carried out some work on the site of its proposed Bingham store in March this year, just before its planning permission would have expired.
Supermarket giant Tesco has scrapped plans to open a new store in Bingham.
The chain has had permission to build a 2,280sq metre store on Chapel Lane - opposite the town's Lidl - since February, 2013.

Originally Tesco said the store could bring 150 jobs to the town. However, they confirmed today (Thursday) they were no longer pursuing the project.

Matt Davies, CEO, Tesco said: "Following a detailed review we have taken the very difficult decision not to proceed with our planned Bingham superstore.

"This decision was not taken lightly and we realise that many people locally will be disappointed.

"We are grateful for the support that has been shown for our plans over the years and our priority now will be to ensure the site is sold so that it can play a positive part in Bingham’s future development.”

Lidl opened its store in the town in February, with Aldi following suit a month later.

The MP for Newark, Mr Robert Jenrick, said he wasn't surprised at the decision.

"We know that most of the majority of supermarket chains are shrinking rather than expanding," he said.

"In this case Tesco has allowed Aldi and Lidl to get there first. When I drive past those supermarkets they always seem really busy.

"It's a pity that Tesco have held on to such an important site for so long and left it in such an unsightly way."

He said the priority now should be finding a solution to ensure that there is a plan for the Chapel Lane site.

"I've written to Tesco urging them to sell the site as soon as possible so that it can be used to create jobs or housing," he said.

"The last thing we want is to see it sat empty for years to come.

"I've been contacted over the last year by several business in and around Bingham that are looking to expand.

"It's important to me to bring home some jobs to Bingham. It's a growing town but a place where most people have to commute to work by car.

"If we can get more business into Bingham that would be very positive."

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