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Tesco moves ahead with eco-store

Trolley with tesco bag
Tesco said the new store would be environmentally friendly

Tesco has submitted a planning application to build a new store in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

The supermarket giant said the eco-store would have a range of features aimed at reducing energy consumption and could create 150 new jobs.

Rival retailer Asda also wants to build a new supermarket at another site in the town.

Tesco said it had a positive response to a public consultation on its proposals for the Raploch Street site.

In September the retailer held a two-day exhibition aimed at convincing residents in the South Lanarkshire town of the benefits of a new 25,000 sq ft store.

The location of the store would reduce travel outside of Larkhall for supermarket shopping and encourage people to link their visits to the store to other local retailers
Doug Wilson
Tesco

The supermarket giant said its plan would also enable the development of a new bowling clubhouse, car parking and social facilities, and lead to the relocation of Larkhall Thistle FC.

Doug Wilson, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: "The response to our proposals for Larkhall has been positive.

"More than 200 people viewed our plans when they were on display at Larkhall Bowling Club, and 57% of the consultation respondents would like to see a wider choice of supermarket shopping locally."

"The location of the store would reduce travel outside of Larkhall for supermarket shopping and encourage people to link their visits to the store to other local retailers."

Asda has previously said it wants to build a new 31,000 sq ft store off Broomhill Gate which could create up to 350 new jobs in the town.

Some residents and traders have raised concerns about traffic levels and the fact that small businesses might suffer as a result of any new store.



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