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Tesco subsidiary Spenhill to redevelop Kent town

Tesco’s regeneration subsidiary, Spenhill, has been given planning permission to redevelop Sittingbourne town centre in Kent.

The developer will rebuild the Forum shopping centre in the town, as well as connecting the industrial estate on the north side of the railway station to the rest of the town with a footbridge.

The site of the old Sittingbourne Industrial Park is to be transformed bringing a new Tesco Extra store plus an additional 11 retail units.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Jonathan Simpson said: “Our successful track record of completing bespoke mixed-use, complex town centre schemes means we are confident that we can reverse the trend for over 70 per cent of local shopping trips to be made outside of Sittingbourne and bring consumers back to spend money in the town.”

This latest approval continues Tesco’s expansion in Kent after the supermarket was recently given the go ahead to build a new small format supermarket in Hawkhurst, and to redevelop an existing store in Strood to an Extra, plus extend its stores in Tenterden and Pembury.

Mr Simpson added: “This is an exciting time for Tesco in Kent, as we branch into a new location in Hawkhurst, which is trading well and upgrade existing locations.

“We’ve responded to our customers’ demands for more choice and a better shopping experience at these locations and believe that it is the right time to bring a range of improvements to the stores that will help maintain and enhance the vitality and trade in each of the town and village centres.”

Tesco opened 2 million sq ft of space in 2010 and is seeking opportunities to continue expansion both for stores and supply chain.

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