The plans to expand the Tesco supermarket in Gainsborough, which would have brought 200 new jobs to the town, are now no longer going ahead, the supermarket chain has confirmed.
Back in 2007 plans were put in place to build a Tesco Extra on the existing supermarket site in Beaumont Street.
However years down the line the decision has now been made to withdraw the plans for the supermarket expansion.
Tesco said this decision reflects a change in customer shopping trends and, as a result, a slowing in its programme of constructing larger stores.
Tesco spokesman, Mark Thomas, said, “In light of changing customer shopping habits, with more people shopping online and in smaller convenience stores, we have taken the difficult decision to not expand our Gainsborough store.”
“We’re grateful to everyone that supported our proposals and our existing store will continue to provide a great service to the community as it has for 15 years.”
The planning application also had a Section 106 agreement attached to it.
This stated that prior to the occupation of the building, a sum of £1m would be paid to the council to make improvements to the town.
However, this money will now no longer be available.
Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh would like Tesco to reconsider its decision.
He said: “This news is disappointing.”
“I would encourage Tesco to revisit its plans as there is clearly opportunity for growth in Gainsborough.”
“Developments like Marshall’s Yard have become firm parts of the townscape and Gainsborough’s trajectory is upwards.”
“It would be a shame for Tesco not to take advantage of that. ”
People have taken to the Standard’s Facebook page to have their say on the decision by Tesco.
Martin Cook said: “They cant keep the one they have full. No point in building a bigger one.”
Robert Lowdon said: “There’s no need for an extension, and definitely not another supermarket, we should all shop local, and support local businesses, and the local economy.”
Bob Legate said: “I don’t think they intended to expand right from the start.”
Mark Kyleand Jacksdaddy Mewes said: “It would have been a great idea to expand it. We definitely need another supermarket.”
And Charles Cakees Munchies Ray said: “Gainsborough was never big enough for the size it proposed.”