Tesco to go ahead with Express store despite putting site up for sale

Rumours Tesco has pulled out of constructing a new Express store in Bovingdon have been quashed by the supermarket giant.

Wednesday, 18th March 2015, 1:03 pm
The Tesco-owned site has been put up for sale to find a development partner

Enquiry boards suggesting the site at the corner of the village High Street with Chesham Road is up for sale are part of a change of tactic on the grocery chain’s part.

Rather than develop the whole site under its name, Tesco is looking to sell the site as part of a deal with a developer that it would take up a lease on the retail unit, which has been granted renewed planning permission along with eight residential flats.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are delighted to have planning permission for a new store in Bovingdon and are grateful for the support local people have given our plans. We’re looking for a development partner to help us build the scheme and provide a retail unit for us to occupy. We’re not yet in a position to confirm an opening date but we’ll be sure to keep the local community update.”

Tesco’s proposals have seen opposition from residents – its planning consent expires again in July next year.