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Tesco wins Pendleton store fight

Tesco has claimed victory in its battle to build a massive 12,077 sq metre Tesco Extra superstore in Pendleton despite strong local opposition.

The supermarket giant has said that the decision by Salford City Council to approve its new store will create 600 new jobs in the area - half of which will go to long-term unemployed people locally.

The store, which comes with 785 free parking spaces, was criticised by architectural body CABE as an inefficient use of land based on an “outdated, out-of-town” retail concept.

Meanwhile traders at the nearby Salford Shopping City complex collected 8,000 signatures expressing opposition to the store.

Matthew Magee, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We’re really pleased that we can now press ahead with an exciting new store for Pendleton. Our store will bring a great shopping experience to residents and we’re looking forward to playing our part in the regeneration of the area.

“Residents will be able to benefit from a great range of products and with good links to Salford Shopping City, local traders can benefit from the increased visitor numbers our store will create.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended our public engagement events and who has supported our proposals. I know that the job opportunities, in such a tough economic climate, will be great for Pendleton residents.”

Construction of the store will begin next year.