Grantham pub to be a Tesco Express

Scene setter of the Cherry Tree pub.
Scene setter of the Cherry Tree pub.
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A former pub is set to become a Tesco Express within two months after the supermarket chain confirmed its intention to move on to the site.

Tesco has taken on the contract to run the Express store on what was The Cherry Tree pub in Harrowby Lane, Grantham.

The venture is expected to create 20 jobs, which will be advertised through Job Centre Plus.

Despite a significant difference between a pub and a store, Tesco does not have to apply for planning permission to change the use of the site. However, it will have to gain permission to carry out “minor changes” to the shop front, including putting up signage.

Louise Gosling, from Tesco, said: “Current planning law states that if a site is already operating under A1 use, which means retail, then any developer is free to make an application to run a retail operation from that site. New planning permission is usually needed to set up new signs and a shop frontage to show the change of use.

“On all public planning projects, members have a right to object and can do so by contacting the council directly.”

Express stores are Tesco’s smallest type of shop, aiming to be a place where families can ‘top-up’ their shopping.

Ms Gosling said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this new service to the Harrowby Lane area and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community.”

The Journal’s Facebook friends voiced their concerns for the nearby Co-op Store, which is located just a stone’s throw away at the top of Princess Drive. Emma Tudor wrote: “At least if it is making a few jobs then that has to be a good thing. I just hope it doesn’t send the Co-op out of business.”

Other concerns were over noise, traffic congestion, deliveries and gangs of teenagers.

Frankie Angeloni wrote: “Can’t wait for extra traffic and a gathering of teenagers. Yay!”

As reported in the Journal, The Cherry Tree closed in September. At the time, landlady Pat King told the Journal Tesco had already bought the site, but a spokesman refused to confirm or deny it. Pat said the community would miss the pub.