SHOPPERS and residents say they feel “let down” by a supermarket which failed to follow through on expansion plans that promised 200 jobs.
Tesco, in Carlton Hill, owns the land on which the former Windsor Castle pub now lies empty but says a change in customer habits has stalled its plans.
Local residents think the site has become an “eyesore” and want Tesco to either follow through with its expansion or sells the site.
Thomas James, of Foxhill Road, thinks the retail giant has put its plans on hold due to competition from new supermarkets.
“I don’t think they can leave it dilapidated like that just because of their own commercial aims” he said. “It’s part of the public realm and has become an eyesore.
“If they don’t want to build on it they could sell it or lease it. Five years ago it was very popular with the public and it’s a real shame it has not been maintained.”
Mr James, 48, said the neighbourhood was largely positive about the original plans, which they felt would trigger a redevelopment of nearby Carlton Square.
“The people of Carlton feel let down as they could have benefited from a wider store and there was the offer of jobs but they never materialised,” said Mr James.
MP Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling, has written to Tesco’s chief executive, Dave Lewis, to ask what is being done.
“There were all sorts of promises for hundreds of jobs and the site was going to be improved,” said Mr Coaker.
“I am disappointed that Tesco have made this decision.”
Tesco’s planning permission to expand as planned has since lapsed, meaning it would have to re-apply to make the changes it promoted more than five years ago.
Spokesman Mark Thomas said the store will update residents when it makes a decision on the future of the pub site.
“Customer shopping habits have changed dramatically over recent years,” he said. “With more people choosing to shop online and in convenience stores. In light of this we have reviewed our plans for an extension to Carlton Hill store and taken the difficult decision not to proceed.
“We understand people will be disappointed by this decision. Customers can still shop in our existing store, which continues to provide the great service that it has in the town for the past twenty five years.”
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