Tesco set to open new store in Royston creating 20 jobs

08:33 03 April 2014

The site where the new Tesco store will be built near Market Hill in Royston

The site where the new Tesco store will be built near Market Hill in Royston

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Supermarket giant Tesco is set to open a second store in Royston, creating 20 new jobs.

A Tesco Express store is to open in Market Hill, Royston, after the firm was revealed as the tenant for the controversial new convenience store which is being constructed on the site of the old cattle market.

Tesco has put in a raft of planning applications for the site, including store frontage, six bollards to be placed at the front of the premises, and for an ATM cash machine to be installed.

These will be considered by Royston Town Council’s planning committee when it meets on Monday, before going on to North Herts District Council, which has the final say.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are really excited about the chance to serve the local community. We think our proposed store would be popular with customers as it would offer a wide range of products in a convenient location and create around 20 jobs for local people.”

The supermarket chain already has a large Tesco Extra shop on the outskirts of Royston.

The spokesman added that he was unable to give an opening date for the new store, until the planning process had been completed.

The construction of the store has been a long process. Permission was initially turned down twice by the district council’s planning committee, but the developers, The Manhattan Corporation, won an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Campaigner Clive Porter fought the construction of the shop and believes the arrival of Tesco will damage other shops.

He said: “Naturally it’s not going to do the town centre any good. I fear it will take a big chunk of trade away from smaller, independent shops. We need variety, not another Tesco.

“I also think parking is going to be a big problem.”

What do you think? Do you welcome the arrival of another Tesco store in Royston? Email postbag@royston-crow.co.uk

5 comments

  • Sadly, this move will be replicated in every town around the country with Tesco's expansion plans for super-stores stymied by planning regulations. Someone within the company must believe that there's profit to be made from this move, but it's hard to fathom, with one of their biggest superstores around the corner. Still, it's only a blip - we'll be buying absolutely everything from Amazon before too long.

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    Neil Marshall

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Having lived here for 6 years, all i see is adversity to change in this town, someone wants to do something good, and the locals get up in arms, then in the same breath they are complaining about the high street being empty!! DEAL with it times change, progression happens, Negativity breeds negativity... and whats laughable is that Campaigner Clive Porter quotes "I also think parking is going to be a big problem.” REALLY..... its opposite a PAY AND DISPLAY CAR PARK, so thats not going to increase revenue? or bring more people into the town?

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    TheForwardThinker

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • There have been many very acceptable improvements in Royston in recent years, in keeping with an Historic Market Town, I'm very saddened to find TESCO EXTRA will be emblazoned on a main route. I wish Tesco would rebrand, or be taken over....

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    Censa Censa

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Totally agree with TheForwardThinker, that plot of land was an eyesore and this new store will look much better. Just wish it could have been a different company to add competition!! However, if anything it will bring more people into the town, people just passing on the A10 will stop and easily park, in the PAD and who knows maybe they will then walk around. Stop moaning and let companies bring new stores to the town!

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    roystonmc

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Totally agree with TheForwardThinker, that plot of land was an eyesore and this new store will look much better. Just wish it could have been a different company to add competition!! However, if anything it will bring more people into the town, people just passing on the A10 will stop and easily park, in the PAD and who knows maybe they will then walk around. Stop moaning and let companies bring new stores to the town!

    Report this comment

    roystonmc

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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