100 jobs pledged in major store extension

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SUPERMARKET bosses are pledging a Doncaster jobs boost - if they get their go ahead for a major store extension.

Tesco believes it could create up to 100 new posts at its shop at Woodfield Plantation, Balby, under plans it is filing with Doncaster Council’s planning department.

The firm’s plan follow proposals to develop another major superstore on its doorstep.

A Tesco spokeswoman confirmed the company was looking to extend its Woodfield Plantation store, and had put in a planning application.

She said the likely number of jobs created would be between 80 and 100, with the figure made up of a mixture of full and part time positions.

The extension would be 2,500 square metres - around half the size of a football pitch.

If the scheme gets the go ahead from town planners, building work could start next year.

The spokeswoman said: “If there is the capacity, the simplest thing to do is usually extend an existing store.

“We are finding that the bulk of our customers are saying they would like to see a bigger range in the store, with more fresh food and more non-food.

“We have been considering what improvements we could do for quite some time. It has now been stated that there is more retail capacity in the area and we think it is an ideal to try to improve the store.”

News of the Tesco plans follows a decision by Doncaster Council to give the go ahead to a scheme which would develop another superstore in Balby, at First Point Business Park on Woodfield Way.

It was considered and approved by councillors for a second time after lawyers acting for Tesco lodged further objections.

The plans by Catesby Property Group would see a new shop built as part of a wider development which would also incide a 255 space park and ride close to the M18, which would link the site to the town centre.

The Catesby development also includes a building for businesses.

Catesby’s spokesman Mark Sitch told councillors the development would create 530 permanent jobs at the shop and the managed workspace for businesses.

He claimed the scheme would add £10.3 million a year to the size of the borough’s economy.

Tesco is already in the process of increasing the size of another of its stores, with plans to knock down its Church View store and replace it with a bigger shop on the same site.