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Tesco and Sainsbury's consider new stores in Liskeard

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

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LISKEARD shoppers could soon be spoilt for choice with two leading supermarket chains declaring an interest in opening a new store in the town.

Both Tesco and Sainsbury's say they are considering potential sites in Liskeard but neither has submitted formal applications at this stage.

Tesco has confirmed it is in talks regarding the possibility of buying land next to a proposed housing development in Addington. The proposed development, which has secured outline planning consent, was submitted by Persimmon homes and, if approved, will see up to 450 new houses as well as a new primary school being built on land off Callington Road.

"We're interested in the site and the opportunity to serve local shoppers," a Tesco spokesman said.

The spokesman said talks are in early stages and a full public consultation will be carried out before any plans are submitted to Cornwall Council.

Meanwhile Sainsbury's, which had previously shown an interest in potentially opening a store next to the Addington development, said it will no longer be pursuing this option.

"Having looked into it, I can confirm that we are not, at the moment, pursuing an option there," a spokesman from Sainsbury's said.

However the company hasn't ruled out the option of opening a store at an alternative site in the town.

"We are always looking for new sites to bring Sainsbury's fresh and quality retail offer to local people including Liskeard," the Sainsbury's spokesman said.

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  • josdave  |  September 04 2013, 8:33AM

    One thing not needed anywhere in the country is another supermarket. There are far too many of them already. We have councils granting planning permission to any supermarket that asks for it while at the same time bemoaning the fact that our town centres are dying. You can't have it both ways and a future where the only choice is which supermarket to use is a very bleak future indeed.