Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Green light for new Tesco supermarket in Kilmarnock
CONSTRUCTION work has commenced on the 95,000 sq ft Tesco supermarket with café in Kilmarnock.
The new store in Kilmarnock will provide not only an excellent shopping facility, including non-food and clothing, but also much needed new jobs for local people.
The planning consent also provides for a petrol station and public realm improvements to High Glencairn Street, West Netherton Street and Titchfield Street which will see real improvements to an area in need of investment and regeneration.
On site this week, East Ayrshire Council leader Douglas Reid (pictured above) and Councillor Jim Buchanan were advised that the foundations are been prepared to allow the steelwork to commence this week. The programme envisages the cladding commencing mid-February with an opening late summer. Tesco has agreed to keep the Council appraised of the work programme.
Councillor Douglas Reid said: “The new Tesco superstore is going to be a catalyst to the regeneration of the south of the town. I am delighted that works are proceeding with haste and that the store will be open at the end of the summer.”
Tesco corporate affairs manager Doug Wilson said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with the new store. There were a few issues that we have had to deal with, but now it’s full steam ahead and we look forward to opening our store in the summer of this year and bringing a great new offer to our customers in Kilmarnock.”
Councillor Jim Buchanan, spokesperson for Environment and Regeneration added: “The new store is a key part of the regeneration strategy for Kilmarnock, and I welcomed the opportunity to meet Tesco’s construction manager on site. Tesco are employing local contractors including AJ Clark Concreting and 55 local workers are employed in a variety of roles so already we are seeing some of the economic benefits of this development. More new jobs will be created when the store and new retail space are complete, helping to offset losses within other areas of the town.”
East Ayrshire Council
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