New supermarket plans to be revealed at exhibition

An artist's impression of the Tesco in Cop Lane Penwortham
An artist's impression of the Tesco in Cop Lane Penwortham
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Tesco’s plans for a new supermarket in Penwortham are going on show for the first time.

A public exhibition for the vacant Government Building’s site in Cop Lane will take place on March 31 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Cop Lane, from 2.00pm until 7.30pm.

The site was earmarked for development by Sainsbury’s in 2012, but it chose not to build its store and now Tesco wants to develop a 30,065 sq ft store.

The new proposal is smaller than Sainsbury’s plans and would also be lower in height. There would be 239 free car parking spaces, cycle parking, a cash machine, bakery, café and a petrol station.

Bosses say the supermarket would provide around 200 new jobs and would “help to increase footfall for businesses along Liverpool Road, drawing customers back to the area that previously shopped elsewhere.” Retailers in Liverpool Road have previously expressed concerns that a supermarket in that location would threaten their livelihoods.

Tesco spokesperson Mark Thomas said: “A Tesco store at this site would increase choice for shoppers and create jobs and training opportunities for local people. The store will transform a derelict site, something that’s really needed at this important location.

“Before we submit a planning application, we’d really like to hear what the local community’s views are about our plans. We want to make a positive contribution to Penwortham and we intend to do that by working alongside local people and stakeholders in bringing forward these proposals.”

Anyone unable to attend the exhibition can speak directly with a member of the development team by calling the community information line on 0844 556 3002.