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Tesco store could bring 400 jobs

Plans to build a multi-million pound Tesco superstore in a County Durham town could create up to 400 jobs.

The 55,000 sq ft store in Stanley would boast airport-style "moving walkways" which shoppers would use to move from the 500-space car park.

The plan has been welcomed by council bosses who have seen hundreds of manufacturing jobs lost from the area.

The firm said a planning application would be submitted to Durham County Council before the end of the year.

The plan has been welcomed by North Durham MP Kevan Jones, who said it would "revitalise" the town centre.

A recent council study revealed residents in the town wanted improved shopping facilities.

Neil Foster, portfolio holder for regeneration at Durham County Council, said: "We look forward to seeing the detailed plans for Tesco's proposals for Stanley and to considering them through the full planning process."

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