Published: March 22, 2012
Expansion of Burnham-On-Sea Tesco store delivers £300k town boost

Tesco has this week confirmed that the multi-milion expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store is finally set to begin, with the new-look store opening before Christmas and delivering a major financial boost to the town.

The supermarket giant told that long-awaited construction work at its store in Ben Travers Way will begin shortly.

Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager Emma Heesom told "Early site surveys and preparation has commenced at the store. We are hoping to open the extended store by Christmas."

Once the work starts, Tesco will also give more than £300,000 towards the regeneration of Burnham town centre as part of a so-called 'RLT2 agreement' struck with Sedgemoor District Council at the time the firm's planning application was granted.

The expansion proposals - which were approved by Sedgemoor District Council three years ago - will lead to an extra 1,200 square metres of shopping space being created, leading to new jobs. There will also be additional parking.

The new-look store is expected to include a new chemist plus extended product lines, to include clothing and an enhanced food line-up, to help it compete against Asda, Morrisons, the Co-Operative and Lidl which all operate in Burnham and Highbridge already.

The £300,000 'community gain' was agreed between Sedgemoor and Tesco at the time that the planning application was approved to help compensate local traders for any potential lost trade.


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