Morrisons plans to open Harborough store

The Fosters Foods base in Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, could be the site of a new Morrisons supermarket
The Fosters Foods base in Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, could be the site of a new Morrisons supermarket

The store wars in town have reignited after yet another supermarket giant confirmed that it is eyeing up a move to Harborough.

Morrisons, the fourth largest supermarket chain in the country, said on Tuesday that it is in discussions over a possible new site in Harborough.

That store could be at the Fosters Foods site in Great Bowden Road, at the back of the town’s train station.

The news emerged after a company called Limes Developments submitted an objection to Harborough District Council over Tesco’s plan for a store at the former Focus site in Rockingham Road.

The objection contains details of a counter-proposal to create a business park at Fosters Foods, owned by the Blueberry Group, including a Morrisons food store and family pub/restaurant.

A spokesman for Morrisons said: “We are in discussions with a developer regarding bringing a new food store to Market Harborough and look forward to sharing our plans with the community when things progress.”

Laura Shears, the managing director of the Blueberry Group, said: “We have a growing business and a great team here at Blueberry Group.

“No decision has been made and we will only ever act in the best interests of the business and our staff.”

It is unclear whether the district council will take on board the counter-proposal from Morrisons as part of the Tesco application.

The Mail asked the council for a comment but it did not reply in time for deadline.

Back in 2004 there was a similar predicament for council planners when both Aldi and Lidl submitted rival supermarket bids for separate sites in town.

On that occasion, the planning committee considering both applications on their merits and commissioned a study to assess retails needs in the town.

In the end, both were granted planning consent.

Many of the shoppers the Mail spoke to on Tuesday were broadly positive about Morrisons coming to town.

Dorothy Tribe said: “I’m all for Morrisons but I don’t want Tesco. It is going to kill the other Tesco in the town.

“The town could just about take another supermarket.”

Mail letter writer John Lambert, of Middledale Road, said: “Now that Morrisons are looking to build in the town, the question to be asked is: where will Asda go?”