Opening date for Tesco supermarket in Stirchley delayed until 2017.
Representatives from Tesco have today (13/08) told Selly Oak Labour MP Steve McCabe the opening date for their proposed supermarket (near the junction of the Pershore Road and Hazelwell Lane) will be delayed because they have still not acquired all the land needed to start demolition and there are still outstanding Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) issues.
Steve McCabe MP, said: “It is extremely disappointing to hear of further delays in the planned opening of this store in Stirchley. It is my understanding that the delays have been caused by problems with the CPO and Tesco acquiring all the land they need to start building and these are matters that are largely in the hands of lawyers.”
During the meeting Tesco representatives agreed with Mr McCabe to publish a timetable once all of the issues have been resolved for when work is expected to begin and when they hope the store will open for business.
Mr McCabe, added: “I have agreed with Tesco that once there is a timetable in place they will attend a meeting with my constituents so that they can hear first-hand what is happening and have their questions answered.I share the frustration of local people about the delays and Tesco need to be very aware of how much the delays are eating into any good will they have locally. This project has been a legal minefield from day one and it appears the most recent delays are largely not of Tesco’s making”
Tesco say they’re still committed to building the new store and creating hundreds of new jobs in Stirchley -
Stirchley News (@Stirchley_News) sent the company the following tweet on Monday (11/08): “Tesco we’re hearing that work is rescheduled for your new build Stirchley Birmingham. Can you please explain why this is?”
Tesco (@Tesco), replied: “We are still committed to building the new store here and creating hundreds of new jobs.”