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Tesco still plans to build Stourport store
SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has confirmed it still intends to build a store in Stourport, despite construction work on the building being held back.
When the superstore’s plans were approved by Wyre Forest District Council’s planning committee in 2010, Tesco officials originally said it would be open in 2012. The opening was then delayed until 2013 but building on the 45,000 sq ft site off Severn Road has not yet begun.
That sparked rumours on several social networking sites that the company had given up on Stourport altogether, which Tesco spokesman Jonathan Simpson denied.
He said: “It is still our current intention to build the store in Stourport. We will confirm the timetable for the construction as soon as we are able to.”
Liberal district councillor Fran Oborski, who sits on the planning committee, said Tesco had invested a large amount of money in access roads and a bridge so was still committed to the Stourport site.
It is believed the delay was due to a company-wide policy in response to a retail slowdown and the recession.