BREAKING: Tesco scraps plans for Rothesay store

Tesco has taken out a lease on the ground floor shop unit at this new building in Rothesay's Guildford Square - but has yet to confirm when, or even whether, the new store will open.
Tesco has taken out a lease on the ground floor shop unit at this new building in Rothesay's Guildford Square - but has yet to confirm when, or even whether, the new store will open.

Supermarket giant Tesco has shelved plans to open an Express store in the centre of Rothesay.

The company - which announced in June 2014 that it planned to set up a shop in the town - has now informed local developer George Hanson that it will not be going ahead with its plans for the retail unit at Mr Hanson’s new building on the south side of Guildford Square.

Last month a spokesman for Tesco told The Buteman that the company was unable to offer a fuller update on its Rothesay intentions, but that it hoped to be able to provide an update “later in the summer”.

But Mr Hanson has now been told that as part of a review of Tesco’s plans for new stores across the UK, the company will no longer be opening a new store in Rothesay.

The news is unlikely to come as a huge surprise to Bute shoppers, given the lack of progress at the unit since Mr Hanson’s employees finished their work and the absence of any efforts to recruit staff for the new store.

Tesco took on the lease of the premises in March - but Mr Hanson told The Buteman he still hoped to see an alternative occupier take on the unit.

“Leaving the unit empty would break the terms of the lease agreement,” he told The Buteman. “It has to trade as a retail unit, although they can sub-lease it - I certainly don’t want to see it empty.”

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