Tesco reveal plans for new Stevenage store that will create 25 jobs

Supermarket giants Tesco has revealed its plans for a new store in Stevenage Old Town. Tesco has secured a long lease on the Elmes Arcade in the High Street that was formerly used by the Garden House Hospice and the new Tesco Express will also see the cr

Supermarket giants Tesco has revealed its plans for a new store in Stevenage Old Town.

Tesco has secured a long lease on the Elmes Arcade in the High Street that was formerly used by the Garden House Hospice and the new Tesco Express will also see the creation of 25 new jobs.

In an exclusive statement to the Comet, Tesco spokesman Carol Leslie said: "We realise there has been a lot of speculation. We are always on the look out for possible new sites all over the country and are often in negotiations for suitable schemes for Express stores, however these often never materialise.

"For that reason, until an agreement is reached or an application made we would not comment on individual cases. However, we are pleased to announce that we have now secured a lease on these premises.


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"We think this is an excellent location for a Tesco Express store. The site already has A1 retail use but we will be putting in an application for minor works.

"Our Express stores are extremely popular and can bring lots of benefit to the community it serves. Not only will it keep people shopping in the area but is extremely convenient for residents living nearby who have no transport or those preferring to shop on foot.

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"We believe it will benefit the area by encouraging people to shop locally and also cut down on car journeys. An area can only continue to prosper and attract new customers when it provides variety, choice and the services of different retailers."

No opening date has been confirmed. The new store will create around 25 new jobs for local people.

The store will only be a few yards from the Waitrose supermarket and a company spokesman said: "We believe that competition is healthy. Waitrose is more confident than ever about its quality produce, excellent value and unparalleled levels of customer service.

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