The Tesco Express store in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford has temporarily closed today (23rd August) for a period of around six months, to allow redevelopment of the site.
According to plans approved by South Gloucestershire Council, the existing Tesco store will be increased in size by around 16% (adding 52sqm of floorspace ) and a new 106sqm retail unit will be added.
Customers of the Tesco store have been told that it is likely to re-open in the first or second week of February 2016.
An earlier planning application that would have also incorporated five residential flats (on a second storey) was withdrawn after officers advised that the lack of additional parking provision for the residential element was not compliant with the council’s updated parking policy.
A Tesco spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that our Stoke Gifford Express store is being temporarily closed for a few months to enable redevelopment work that will substantially improve our offer for customers. This includes creating more parking spaces, introducing a ‘Click & Collect’ facility and a new ATM.”
“All affected colleagues have been consulted on the changes and provided with temporary roles in other stores. Customers will continue to be able to shop at our nearby stores but we apologise for any short-term disruption this may cause.”
“We look forward to bringing forward an even better offer for our customers soon.”
It is not known which business will occupy the additional retail unit once it is completed.
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