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Tesco confirms pub will become an Express store

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2012

Copper Hearth

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has confirmed it is to turn a Burton pub into a new supermarket — creating 20 new jobs.

The firm has for the first time spoken about its plans to convert the Copper Hearth, in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, into a Tesco Express store.

Company spokesman Matthew Magee said: “We’re very pleased to be bringing a new Express store to the area “The wide range of fresh products and essential grocery items means that our Express stores are very popular and we’ll be creating around 20 new jobs in the store, which is a real boost for the area.

“There’s a good amount of parking and plenty of space for the deliveries so we’re confident that our new store will be a great addition to Stanton Road.”

Meanwhile, Tesco has submitted an application to East Staffordshire Borough Council to install a new shop front to the building, built in 1959, including advertising space, traffic bollards and a cash machine.

The firm is unlikely to need permission to change the use of the building, as planning guidelines do not generally require permission for converting pubs into shops.

However, people living near the former pub have voiced their concerns about the potential impact of increased traffic at the site, which lies across the road from Edge Hill Junior School.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There’s enough traffic there already with people taking their kids to school and back.

“To say it will create a traffic hazard is an understatement — it’s a recipe for disaster.

“I don’t see why we need another shop when we’ve already got a Co-op across the road and another one at the bottom end of Stanton Road, as well as Hadfield’s and the new Spar shop in Rosliston Road.”

Another resident commented: “I’m totally against this idea because of the location near to the school.

“We’ve already got the school traffic and now we’ll have lorries delivering all the time, as well as the traffic from people using the shop.”

The consultation period on Tesco’s plans for a new shop front at the premises expires on Thursday, April 12.

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 29 2012, 11:01PM

    This is a crazy idea. Traffic in this area is a nightmare and causes chaos during scool time with stanton road being a very busy road. It is school children who will mostly be drawn to this shop and crossing to and from this store will be dangerous and reforms to make this safer should be funded by Tesco.

  • Burton Mail  |  March 27 2012, 11:13PM

    As usual,against tesco but better than the pub,thats why it closed! Usually a great improvement and will be busy,people vote with feet but some just like to moan,nothing better to do.

  • Burton Mail  |  March 27 2012, 10:27PM

    So the place I called home as a child, the place that helped shape the person I am today and the place I see everyday, which brings back so many memories as I pass on my way to work has closed its door forever. I wonder how many life long memories will be created as people walk around Tesco Express Stanton Road. The Copper Hearth I am sorry to see you go.

  • Burton Mail  |  March 27 2012, 4:43PM

    I think the shop will be a great addition to the area. The coop is a long walk away for people on the edgehill estate, it will also be cheaper. To say traffic will be a problem is a bit of a non starter, don't forget it is basically a corner shop not a full size supermarket, most people will be on foot. Better that than people who have been drinking getting into their cars.

  • Burton Mail  |  March 26 2012, 11:15AM

    Yet another example of Tesco taking over an area. You only need to look at other towns taken over by Tesco to see the misery caused with even Riots in Bristol.Stopping the land Grab is simple, only grant planning permission on new sites once development of all Tesco owned sites in the are has been completed

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