Still hope for store after plans revealed

Tesco store
Tesco store

There could be a question mark over the planned Tesco supermarket for Leven after the company said there would be a ‘significant reduction’ in planned new space growth.

The supermarket giant is to spend more money on increasing online sales and revamping existing stores, and less on the building of new units.

Despite this, a local councillor has said he is still hopeful the new store, which could create up to 160 jobs, will go ahead.

Councillors approved plans last March and Tesco pledged to contribute nearly £300,000 towards town and transport projects, as well as employment initiatives.

It was hoped building work on land at Pfaudler-Balfour could be complete by 2015, but CEO Philip Clarke announced that building of new large stores will fall to 700,000 sq ft next year, compared to 1.4m sq ft this year.

However, Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, said he was still hopeful the store would be built.

“It isn’t going to be one of the big stores, and its the big stores they are stepping back from, so I think the 2015 time scale would appear to be on track.

“Tesco have made no announcement that they’re pulling out, and this isn’t like Glenrothes, when there were a lot of issues to overcome – with the Leven store, all of the plans are in place. ”

A spokesman for Tesco, said: “We’re not yet in a position to confirm a time scale for the new store but we’ll keep the community updated when we have further news.”