A MULTI-MILLION pound Tesco development is to go back to the drawing board as its chiefs confirm the store will reduce in size.
Work on the Hawkins Lane site will now be delayed again after the superstore revealed a country-wide plan to focus on building smaller stores and refurbishing large ones.
The confirmation from Tesco came after Burton MP Andrew Griffiths wrote to its chief executive asking him to outline their plans for the site, which was given permission more than three years ago.
The scheme was due to include an 110,000 sq ft Tesco Extra superstore, filling station, service areas and parking for 636 vehicles, creating 400 jobs on the former Dixie Sidings site.
It was previously delayed following lengthy legal negotiations between Tesco and the brewery giants, whose depot borders the Hawkins lane site.
Michael Kissman, UK communications director to Tesco, wrote: ‘The retail industry is currently in a period of rapid and profound change, customer shopping patterns are moving dramatically away from large stores and towards online and convenience, and we expect these trends to intensify sharply over the coming years.
‘As a result we recently announced a significant change in our approach to property development. Our intention is to grow the number of large stores at a significantly slower pace in the future, instead focussing our investment in large stores on refurbishing those we have to make them a compelling destination in an era when no one needs to leave their house in order to shop. We are planning to refurbish 650 stores this year and refurbish all our large stores over the next three years.
‘With regards to Burton, we are reviewing our plans to assess whether a smaller store would be more appropriate for the future shopping needs of customers in Burton.
‘We will be working with the council to discuss any new applications and our review may lead to us submitting a new planning application for this site in the coming months.’