Store will bring big jobs boost - claim

Tesco today pledged to provide jobs for those from the immediate area if a new superstore is built at Felixstowe.

FELIXSTOWE: Tesco today pledged to provide jobs for those from the immediate area if a new superstore is built at Felixstowe.

Bosses at the store giant, which also claims to recruit the long-term unemployed, said they will put a local employment partnership in place to ensure jobs go to the area's residents.

The firm is working with landowners Trinity College on plans for a 60,000 sq ft store on a field north of Walton High Road.

The development will also include 250 houses, including sheltered homes for the elderly, a 60-bed hotel, pub, private medical facility, three small shops and three small business units and a waste/energy centre.

Nick Gellatly of Tesco said: “It's too early to confirm the position on jobs for Felixstowe but we will certainly get involved with Jobcentre Plus there to make sure a local employment partnership is in place giving local people the best chance of a job with us.”

He said the store would enable people who currently travel to Tesco Martlesham Heath to shop in Felixstowe, and would attract others from around the area to not only shop at the superstore but also visit attractions and other shops at the resort.

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Proposals for such a large store are worrying the chamber of trade though, which believes a big development could hit the town centre. Some councillors are also concerned.

Mike Ninnmey said: “The consultants who drew up a masterplan for Felixstowe identified this site as the only place in the town we could have an industrial development which could provide alternative employment to the port.

“It's a prime site for that sort of scheme and we must not lose it to a superstore.”

Doreen Savage said: “I don't think we need another large supermarket. Lidl has only just opened. I think a big Tesco would have a knock-on effect on the town centre.”

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