Tesco has its eye on third store in Barnstaple
By North Devon Journal | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 07:32
A THIRD branch of Tesco is expected to open its doors in Barnstaple.
A Tesco Express store is proposed for the unit currently occupied by Bernard Smith in High Street.
Tesco has applied for planning permission to make alterations to the shop.
It wants to install a two fan condenser and three air conditioning units at the rear of the store.
The premises will be left vacant later this month when Bernard Smith moves into a shop two doors down the street.
Richard Moore, from Bernard Smith, said the electrical retailers would be moving into the former YMCA charity shop so it could have a purpose built showroom.
The company would be letting 100-101 High Street to Tesco.
He said: "We're happy Tesco is coming to the High Street.
"A lot of the units down this end of the High Street have been empty and this will start to fill them up again and bring customers to this end of the street."
Tesco said the company would need to submit a further application for a new shop front before a store opens.
Since the unit is already designated as being for retail use no other application would be needed.
Tesco already has two supermarkets in Barnstaple, at Rose Lane and Seven Brethren.
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