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Plans for 'oldest club' unveiled

Artist's impression of the "environmentally efficient" store
Tesco hopes the new store will emit half the carbon of one built in 2006

Tesco has unveiled plans to build its first "environmentally efficient" superstore in Wales, at the home of one of the country's oldest football clubs.

The 25,000sq ft store would be built at NEWI Cefn Druids' Plaskynaston Lane at Cefn Mawr, near Wrexhham.

The club, reputedly formed in 1869, backs the plans and hopes to move to a new ground less than a mile away.

Tesco said the supermarket would emit less carbon than older shops, and would include features like wind turbines.

It also said the planned development, which went on show at the George Edwards Hall in Cefn Mawr on Thursday, would create at least 140 jobs.

Nicknamed The Ancients, Cefn Druids claim to be the oldest club in Wales - a title also claimed by some fans at Wrexham FC, which was formed in 1872.


Druids chairman Brian Mackie said: "We're delighted to be involved in the regeneration of the village.

"It's very good news for the club because we have been in the present facilities for many years, and it's starting to show."

He added: "We're the oldest club in Wales. This is a gilt-edged opportunity for us to upgrade our facilities."

Details of the new 5,000-capacity football ground, which would be built near a disused quarry, have been posted on the club's website.

Tesco said it was pleased with an "amazing turnout" of more than 200 people on Thursday.

It said the new store, if approved by planners, would include greener features like wind turbines, lower carbon emissions and would use sustainable materials like timber for cladding.

Spokesman Felix Gummer said: "These are exciting plans for us.

"We have started consulting businesses and key stakeholders in the area and will submit an application following this process."

The company plans to submit applications to build more environmentally-friendly stores in Wales in the near future.

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