The Westmorland GazetteTesco reveal plan to move into empty store on Kendal's high street (From The Westmorland Gazette)

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Tesco reveal plan to move into empty store in Kendal's high street

The Westmorland Gazette: Tesco reveal plan to move into empty store in Kendal Tesco reveal plan to move into empty store in Kendal

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has revealed plans to convert a prominent town centre building into its latest outlet.

The multi-national company this week revealed it has exchanged contracts with the owners of the empty 2,555sq ft Millets store on Highgate, Kendal.

The move, subject to planning permission being granted, is likely to create dozens of jobs.

Tesco had previously been heavily involved in talks to open a superstore on the Canal Head redevelopment.

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Brian Harrison, chairman of the South Lakes branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, hailed the move.

“This is absolutely brilliant news,” he said. “The high street is screaming for high calibre shops and this is exactly the sort of thing we want to see.”

Dismissing worries Tesco could spell the end for the town’s independent shops, Mr Harrison said: “It’s all healthy competition and of course it’s good for the consumer to have more options.

“Independents are strong and clever enough to not let it affect them.”

Tesco spokesperson Mark Thomas said: “A small Tesco store would serve the Kendal community well and create new jobs in the town. A store in this location will give a boost to the high street and bring back into use a prominent vacant building.

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“We will be opening discussions with the local authority with a view to submitting a planning application.”

The building is marketed by specialist retail property consultants Brady’s and the brochure states: “The shop fronts the principal High Street and has an eye-catching historic frontage.”

An SLDC spokesperson said Tesco would need to apply for permission for a change of use if it were to sell hot food. It would also need a licence for selling alcohol.

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4:16pm Thu 29 May 14

v31 ccy says...

Not another Tesco! I'm gonna start boycotting them! Theyre coming to Grange too and we don't need them. Go away your spoiling our high streets!
Not another Tesco! I'm gonna start boycotting them! Theyre coming to Grange too and we don't need them. Go away your spoiling our high streets! v31 ccy
  • Score: -33

4:26pm Thu 29 May 14

magical trevor says...

I'm sure you boycotting Tescos will make a world of difference. Bring it on....use the building...it will be good to see such a prominent building back in use again.....as long as the listed status is maintained and things like external woodwork\facade and windows are maintained as they are now.

You need to remove your head from the sand v31 ccy....it's 2014 and competition is seen has healthy.
I'm sure you boycotting Tescos will make a world of difference. Bring it on....use the building...it will be good to see such a prominent building back in use again.....as long as the listed status is maintained and things like external woodwork\facade and windows are maintained as they are now. You need to remove your head from the sand v31 ccy....it's 2014 and competition is seen has healthy. magical trevor
  • Score: 28

4:51pm Thu 29 May 14

Chateau Musar says...

v31 ccy wrote:
Not another Tesco! I'm gonna start boycotting them! Theyre coming to Grange too and we don't need them. Go away your spoiling our high streets!
Please do; one less mithering NIMBY in a supermarket queue gets my vote any day.

As for spoiling our high streets, what would you rather? Dilapidated empty retail units, (which so many have moaned about for too long) or quality retailers that attract custom and enhance the overall appearance of the town?
[quote][p][bold]v31 ccy[/bold] wrote: Not another Tesco! I'm gonna start boycotting them! Theyre coming to Grange too and we don't need them. Go away your spoiling our high streets![/p][/quote]Please do; one less mithering NIMBY in a supermarket queue gets my vote any day. As for spoiling our high streets, what would you rather? Dilapidated empty retail units, (which so many have moaned about for too long) or quality retailers that attract custom and enhance the overall appearance of the town? Chateau Musar
  • Score: 52

9:27am Sat 31 May 14

Gingery says...

This is an excellent move. Tesco moved out of Kendal decades ago, but now finally they return and to fill an empty shop - not an out of town store. Good news all round.
This is an excellent move. Tesco moved out of Kendal decades ago, but now finally they return and to fill an empty shop - not an out of town store. Good news all round. Gingery
  • Score: 24

1:47pm Sat 31 May 14

Hotpotklonk says...

Gingery wrote:
This is an excellent move. Tesco moved out of Kendal decades ago, but now finally they return and to fill an empty shop - not an out of town store. Good news all round.
Quite agree al least its not another charity shop.
[quote][p][bold]Gingery[/bold] wrote: This is an excellent move. Tesco moved out of Kendal decades ago, but now finally they return and to fill an empty shop - not an out of town store. Good news all round.[/p][/quote]Quite agree al least its not another charity shop. Hotpotklonk
  • Score: 18

4:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Spotty Fish says...

The fact that you are going to start boycotting them v31 ccy, suggests that you use them at the moment. So why the sudden change of mind?
The fact that you are going to start boycotting them v31 ccy, suggests that you use them at the moment. So why the sudden change of mind? Spotty Fish
  • Score: 10

7:11am Wed 4 Jun 14

1207 says...

Funny is it not that Tesco move into Grange over sands and not a word of protest from the locals and yet a regional family owned small chain moves in and the whole world come to a end?
Maybe Aldi should buy the old public baths.
Funny is it not that Tesco move into Grange over sands and not a word of protest from the locals and yet a regional family owned small chain moves in and the whole world come to a end? Maybe Aldi should buy the old public baths. 1207
  • Score: 5

3:22pm Wed 4 Jun 14

PeterRogerson says...

Great news for Kendal town centre
Great news for Kendal town centre PeterRogerson
  • Score: 3

10:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

davidcattell says...

it will be perfect booths shuts at 8 and that will probably close at 11 so u will have better access for certain items later on in the day if ur close to that part of town
it will be perfect booths shuts at 8 and that will probably close at 11 so u will have better access for certain items later on in the day if ur close to that part of town davidcattell
  • Score: 0

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