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Dismay over Tesco delay

Oxford Mail: Denise Palmer, from Presentation Gifts, with other Faringdon traders opposed to Tesco in the town in 2010 Denise Palmer, from Presentation Gifts, with other Faringdon traders opposed to Tesco in the town in 2010

TESCO is unlikely to open a supermarket in Faringdon until at least 2014, despite winning planning permission last year.

The supermarket giant won an appeal against Vale of White Horse District Council’s rejection of the bid for Park Road in 2010. And Waitrose, which was planning a rival store next to Gloucester Street car park in the town centre, withdrew its bid that August.

The rival plans had sparked a “class war” debate in the town, with only one store ever likely to go ahead.

On Friday, Tesco said it aimed to start work on the 2,140 sq m store, on the former JDS site, which will create 150 jobs, before the end of next year.

It denied it had anything to do with an announcement this week that UK profits had fallen for the first time in 20 years.

Town centre trader Denise Palmer, from Presentation Gifts, said the news was disappointing.

She said: “Tesco was saying it was going to bring lots of people into the town and it probably will when it eventually gets here.

“But times are tough and we don’t want other future investors in the town to say they aren’t going to come now as the big people aren’t coming. It’s very disappointing.”

Faringdon Chamber of Commerce member Nick Elwell said he was concerned the site would deteriorate further.

He said: “It’s just frustrating. The place is a mess.

“It’s falling to wrack and ruin and it’s just going to be left for two years.”

Mohinder Kainth, district councillor for the town, called for more details from Tesco.

He said: “I am concerned and I am keen for whatever happens to happen sooner rather than later.”

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar said: “We hope to start building works on the Faringdon site before the end of 2013 and we will keep the community informed of a likely start date.”

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He added: “These things often take time.

“There is no overbearing reason it will not be until then, that’s just what it is.

“It’s when it fits into our development programme.”

Waitrose said it had no plans to revive its bid for a store in the town.

bwilkinson@oxfordmail.co.uk

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10:06am Mon 23 Apr 12

steve1955 says...

Well Well the people who opposed tesco and lost are now up in arms about the delay in building the store maybe it get your own back from tesco How much of public money was spent fighting tesco? again the NIMBYs have lost about time the class war in these rural towns stopped if the supermarket giants want to build they will fight it all the way and with their money not joe publics .Next stop appeal Sainsburys in Chipping Norton??
Well Well the people who opposed tesco and lost are now up in arms about the delay in building the store maybe it get your own back from tesco How much of public money was spent fighting tesco? again the NIMBYs have lost about time the class war in these rural towns stopped if the supermarket giants want to build they will fight it all the way and with their money not joe publics .Next stop appeal Sainsburys in Chipping Norton?? steve1955
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10:37am Mon 23 Apr 12

Ceasar says...

Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one.
Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one. Ceasar
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5:10pm Mon 23 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

Ceasar wrote:
Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one.
Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested.
[quote][p][bold]Ceasar[/bold] wrote: Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one.[/p][/quote]Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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5:12pm Mon 23 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

Ceasar wrote:
Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one.
Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested.
[quote][p][bold]Ceasar[/bold] wrote: Cynical land banking ploy by Tesco. They didn't need a big supermarket in Faringdon, they just don't want anyone else to have one.[/p][/quote]Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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5:20pm Mon 23 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested.
Could you please email Tesco with this piece of inside information that you have somehow come about, and let us know the answer to your accusation. We are all very interested. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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11:14am Wed 25 Apr 12

OxfordDon says...

Tescon...fraying at the edges?
Tescon...fraying at the edges? OxfordDon
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