Tesco still coming to Harrogate despite selling off sites

Artist's impression of the new Tesco store
Artist's impression of the new Tesco store

Supermarket giants Tesco have confirmed they will still be coming to Harrogate despite selling other development sites to property investors last week.

Tesco has agreed to sell 14 development sites to property investment firm Meyer Bergmen for £250m as part of its decision to scrap a series of planned large supermarkets.

While this prompted fears for the future of the Skipton Road site, a Tesco spokesman confirmed this would not affect their Harrogate plans.

A Tesco spokesman said: "We are committed to opening our Harrogate superstore to serve the local community and will keep them updated on our progress."

Despite confirming they would still be bringing their superstore to Harrogate, the store were unable to reveal an opening date as it relied on the 'traffic management process'.

The scheme was brought to a halt in January after it emerged the plans included making Skipton Road one way in part for up to 10 months.

North Yorkshire County Council called on Tesco to rewrite its ideas and Coun Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said no plan had been agreed yet.

He said: "I'm pleased they are continuing their investment in Harrogate and I'm not surprised because it's a great place for any business to be.

"But certainly they have not yet agreed with Highways Officers the highways arrangements during construction, that is the delaying focus at the moment."

"We realie there will be disruption but we want to keep that to a minimum. Discussions are going on all the time and the sooner we see decisive action the better."