Page last updated at 01:21 GMT, Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Tesco-Sainsbury's stalemate looms

Tesco and Sainsbury logos
The two supermarket rivals both want to develop a store in Kelso

A supermarket stand-off in the Borders looks set to last at least six months.

Tesco emerged as preferred bidder for a council-owned site at Pinnaclehill in Kelso late last year.

However, Sainsbury's - which also hopes to develop the area - is in the process of buying adjacent land which would be needed for the development.

Scottish Borders Council has now given Tesco six months to come forward with detailed plans for a new supermarket or it could reconsider bids for the site.

SBC selected Pinnaclehill as its preferred site for a superstore last year, rejecting an alternative location backed by Tesco.

Sainsbury's subsequently submitted full plans for a supermarket on the land, despite the fact that much of it was council-owned and had yet to be sold.

'Community commitment'

Shortly afterwards, SBC announced Tesco as its preferred bidder for the sale of Pinnaclehill.

The situation appears to have left a stalemate between the two sides.

Sainsbury's has said it will not sell the land it has entered into agreements to buy.

It has also vowed to fight any compulsory purchase orders.

Tesco has said its bid was accepted not only on price but also its ability to deliver an "environmentally friendly store" and "commitment to the community".

A public meeting to discuss the supermarket battle is planned in the town later this month.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Community enters supermarket fray
09 Jan 09 |  South of Scotland
Superstore giants unveil town bid
31 Dec 08 |  South of Scotland
When supermarket giants collide
20 Dec 08 |  South of Scotland
Town store fight enters new phase
27 Nov 08 |  South of Scotland
Sainsbury's steps up store plans
21 Nov 08 |  South of Scotland
Triple supermarket fight decided
12 May 08 |  South of Scotland
Supermarket struggle verdict due
13 Mar 08 |  South of Scotland
Sainsbury's plans Borders store
04 Mar 08 |  South of Scotland
Tesco agrees football ground deal
15 Feb 08 |  South of Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific