CUPAR’S new Tesco superstore will not be be ready to open until the run-up to Christmas 2012.
That’s according to bosses at the retail giant after the scheme was hit by yet another delay.
Work on the new South Road store won’t now begin until next spring — three years after planning permission was first granted.
But the company insists it is still committed to opening a new superstore in Cupar.
Douglas Wilson, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said: “The new store development in Cupar has been pushed back slightly and we now intend to start on site in spring 2012 with a view to opening the store before Christmas 2012.
“We are still totally committed to bringing a new and improved store to Cupar and we are extremely keen to move the scheme forward.”
The previous update given by Tesco in June suggested work would start by the end of this year.
There has been no activity on the South Road site since the former Reekie’s garage was demolished 12 months ago.
Cupar councillor Bryan Poole called on Tesco to come out with a firm timetable for its plans — and stick to it.
He told the Fife Herald: “It’s very difficult not to be sceptical when it comes to Cupar and Tesco.
“I think a lot of people in Cupar and the surrounding area will probably be of the view, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’.
“Personally my view is the quicker they get on with it the better — there has been far too much uncertainty around Tesco’s intention and that has not been helpful to its own staff nor to the traders in the town centre of Cupar.”
He went on: “I do hope that Mr Wilson can be more definite in the plans Tesco has for Cupar.
“Even with this latest statement there is still an element of uncertainty.
“I also remember Mr Wilson stating that the new shop would create around 250 new jobs — I hope that promise still stands and is kept.”