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Pro-Tesco lobby shows support with petition

A petition of support for the proposed new Tesco in Market Harborough, at Tesco Metro in The Square.  Tracy Hobson, checkout assistant, Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager, Eleanor Wigfall, customer assistant, Tarek Rahman, deputy manager and Michael Gaughan, supporter of the proposed store.

A petition of support for the proposed new Tesco in Market Harborough, at Tesco Metro in The Square. Tracy Hobson, checkout assistant, Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager, Eleanor Wigfall, customer assistant, Tarek Rahman, deputy manager and Michael Gaughan, supporter of the proposed store.

 

Supporters of Tesco’s plan to build an out-of-town store at the former Focus site in Harborough have gained 372 names for a petition.

The pro-Tesco lobby presented their petition to Harborough District Council on January 29 after gaining 372 signatures in favour of its proposal for Rockingham Road.

So far Harborough District Council has received dozens of comments both in favour and against the plan, with a crunch planning committee date still waiting to be finalised.

Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We have been really pleased with the response so far to our proposed new store.

“We have a proud and long history with the Market Harbrough community, and have been serving customers here since 1966.

“We know from the hundreds of conversations we have had with local people that more choice and local jobs are what the community are particularly excited about.

“I hope we get the chance to make this a reality.”

He said an exhibition showcasing its plans back in September showed more than 60 per cent of people who attended were in favour.

However, the Mail has been inundated with letters from concerned residents and independent businesses who are against the plan, saying it could drive trade away from the town centre.

And the store wars heated up last month when Morrisons announced it was eyeing up the Fosters Foods site in Great Bowden Road.

The council has said each application will be judged on their own merits.

 

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