Tesco pulls out of plans to develop in Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 08 January 2015




The retailer is abandoning plans for over 40 new stores nationally

Troubled retail giant Tesco has said it will abandon plans to develop a new superstore in Bexleyheath.

The retailer made its intentions clear in a letter sent from its CEO, Dave Lewis, to David Evennett, the MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford this morning (January 8).

The MP expressed his concerns following the announcement by Tesco that it will not be proceeding with its proposed development at the former civic offices site in Bexleyheath.

The chief executive of the company wrote to Mr Evennett today to advise that due to the company’s problems nationally, they would not be building a store on the site.

Mr Evennett said “I am naturally disappointed by their decision as I am concerned that Bexleyheath’s future will suffer as a result of the company’s failings nationally.

“Tesco urgently needs to outline what their plans will now be for the former Civic Offices site, which is currently just an unsightly hole in the ground. They cannot be allowed to let this site deteriorate, like they have done in other places.”

The MP will be arranging to meet with the company’s representatives shortly.

Dave Leiws, Tesco’s CEO said that the plan had been shelved due to the businesses performance.

He said: “Our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and my absolute imperative has to be to protect the future of our business for the circa 300,000 colleagues we employ in communities all over the UK.

Mr Lewis also said that Tesco was committed to working alongside the council to ensure a solution was found for the site.

He said: “I know that this news will be a real disappointment to many people in the local community and we’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received for our plans. I am very aware of the importance of the site to the area and I am determined that we will work closely with Bexley Council to find the right solution for the local community.”

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