Tesco committed to building store despite profit loss

Tesco visual of Scarborough site
Tesco visual of Scarborough site

Tesco has confirmed it is still committed to building its Scarborough superstore, despite ditching plans for more than 100 major new developments nationwide.

The supermarket giant hit national headlines this week after announcing its first fall in profits in 20 years and the scrapping of many of its planned new stores.

But The Scarborough News can reveal, it still plans to push forward with its new multi-million pound development on Dean Road.

“It is definitely going ahead. Scarborough is still on track,” said Tesco spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems

It comes following a public consultation over a crucial road closure which has stalled the construction of the development, which was approved by planners in 2011. The supermarket giant is hoping the Department for Transport (DfT) will grant permission to partially close Trafalgar Street West so work can finally begin. The proposals would see part of the street closed off and traffic re-routed onto adjoining main roads.

Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store (STATS) has been encouraging people to oppose the scheme.