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Council backs fourth Tesco store

Tesco sign
Tesco already have three stores in Inverness

Highland councillors have finally given Tesco the green light to build a fourth store in Inverness despite an attempt to overturn an earlier approval.

The supermarket chain's proposal to build a district shopping centre on Dores Road had been passed by an area planning meeting in December.

But an amendment was lodged calling for the plans to go before for a full council group which approved the idea.

The application was initially refused following a public inquiry in 2007.

Tesco scaled-down its plans, which include a food store, community building, petrol pumps, GP surgery, additional retail units and public square, after the Scottish Government rejected the bid.

The new application was approved by Highland council by 14 votes to five.

Doug Wilson, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said he was pleased the application had been granted.

He said: "Tesco remains extremely proud of its commitment to Inverness and the wider community. For over a decade Tesco has taken opportunities that were open to other retailers and invested significantly across the Highlands and in Inverness.

"Whilst the debate over competition is fully recognised, Tesco plays a vital part in the economy of the Highlands - we employ over 2,000 people in the Highlands and our local suppliers are a key part of the success of our business."

There is a Tesco Extra at Inverness Retail Park off the A96 and stores at Inches and Tomnahurich Street, near the city centre.

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