Tesco bids to open new High Street shop

Supermarket giant Tesco is set to gallop into Newmarket High Street.

The store has revealed to the Journal that it is planning to open one of its Express stores in the former WH Smith premises which have been empty since the company closed its book store last year.

“From experience we know that our convenience stores give people one more reason to shop locally and in many cases help other local businesses grow,” said a Tesco spokesman. “Before we open the store we will bring forward proposals for minor alternations to the building and we will keep the community updated.”

Tesco has already lodged a licence application with licensing authority Forest Heath District Council and on Monday members of Newmarket Town Council asked for the deadlines for comments on the application to be extended as they had only just found out about it.

Tesco is also currently planning to build a new superstore close to its existing store in Fordham Road with a sales area of 70,000 sq ft.

It will be built on a site next to the existing store where clearance work began last autumn. The existing store will be demolished to make way for extra parking but will continue to trade until the new branch opens.

The new store will be twice the size of the one it is replacing and, according to Tesco, will be one of the company’s most eco-friendly.

Earlier this year Simon Petar, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, told the Journal: “Our commitment to that multi-million pound investment is as strong today as it was back in 2011. We will deliver a fantastic and improved shopping experience, while also creating 200 new jobs.”