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Friday, 25 July 2014

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New South Cumbria Tesco store set to create 20 jobs

A NATIONAL supermarket chain is set to open a new store in Cumbria later this year – creating 20 jobs.

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Development bosses at Tesco confirmed this week that the firm plans to open an Express outlet in the former Royal British Legion building in Kents Bank Road, in Grange.

Permission to install signs on the front of the property bearing the retailer’s name will now be sought from South Lakeland District Council before the interior is transformed into a convenience shop.

But the announcement has caused controversy among residents and traders in the town – who claim it is bad news for Grange.

“It’s not what Grange needs,” said Andrew Fletcher, of long established family owned shop and greengrocers Fletchers, in Kents Bank Road. “We’ve got too many convenience stores as it is.

“Who knows what will happen in the future now, but it’s too late. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Grange Town Councillor Nick Thorne, who lives near to the future store, said: “This will undoubtedly change the character of Grange, there’s no doubt about that.

“At this point though, we hope we can work with Tesco to ensure noise and delivery disruption can be mitigated for residents.”

The town already has a Co-operative store in Kents Bank Road as well as a Spar in Main Street.

Planning permission for a Booths supermarket on the site of Vantage Toyota, in Station Square, is also in place.

Planning approval to change the use of the Royal British Legion building to retail was granted in March on behalf of applicant Kents Bank Assets.

The development company refused to reveal the name of the store it was in talks with at the time.

Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas said the new store would aim to play an active part in the local community – and would dish out a grant to a local charity or group to mark its opening.

“We’d really like to open a store in Grange.

“This Express would be great for the community, creating new jobs and providing a convenient place to shop.

“Our proposals are sensitively designed to complement to the town’s character and would mean a long term future for the former Royal British Legion building is secured.”

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