Tesco to open in Churchdown in the autumn
WORK is due to start soon on building a new Tesco store in Churchdown.
The supermarket giant said up to 100 jobs will be created when its branch in Cheltenham Road East is opened in the autumn.
The news comes more than three years after plans for the store were first revealed.
And it has been welcomed by some councillors, who said they are pleased the "eyesore" site is finally set to be developed.
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Councillor Bill Whelan (LD, Innsworth with Down Hatherley), who is chairman of GL3 Community Hub opposite the Tesco site said: "It's been a long time coming.
"There was a lot of opposition because people think Churchdown is a village and shouldn't have a supermarket, but it has a population of some 11,000 and a bit of competition for the Co-op will be good."
Councillor Kay Berry (LD, Churchdown St John's) expressed "mixed feelings" about the supermarket's arrival.
She said: "I hope they get the traffic sorted so we don't get big tailbacks with people queuing."
The store is due to be built on the former Hurrans Garden Centre site. Tesco bought the land in 2009 and put its proposals on display.
The application was passed by Tewkesbury Borough Council despite more than 250 objection letters.
Tesco's corporate affairs manager Sophie Akokhia said: "I am delighted to confirm the new Churchdown store will open later this year.
"Work will get under way in the coming months so we can start serving customers before the autumn.
"I know this will be a huge benefit for many residents who want to shop closer to home."