Work starting on Tesco superstore

An artist's impression of the new Tesco store, which is being built off St James Road, Corby. Work starts on the site next week and it is due to open in time for Christmas
An artist's impression of the new Tesco store, which is being built off St James Road, Corby. Work starts on the site next week and it is due to open in time for Christmas
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Work starts next week on a new Tesco store which will create more than 200 jobs.

The superstore is being built off St James Road in Corby by Scottish company Barr Construction, which has been appointed by developers Mulberry.

The news comes as a welcome boost to Corby where it was announced in January that three firms, Argos, Tata Steel and Eddie Stobart, were axing more than 1,000 jobs.

The 30-week construction schedule will mean the new store will be open for business before the end of the year.

Louise Gosling, regional corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We’re delighted to be starting work on a new store for Corby which will give choice and great value to our customers.

“We will create more than 200 jobs for local people.”

The multi-million pound store will be handed over to Tesco in the autumn to be fitted out and will include a hot counter, cafe, in-store pharmacy and non-food range.

Barr will create a goods and service yard with access from St Lukes Road, as well as car parking for 733 vehicles.

There will be road improvements at the Elizabeth Street and Lloyds Road roundabouts and the Station Road/Oakley junction.

Barclay Chalmers, managing director of Barr, said: “We have been working as a Tesco partner for more than 20 years and in that time our team has gained valuable experience delivering dozens of store projects on or ahead of programme. We are working with Tesco to enhance the area surrounding the superstore with road improvements and landscaping. We look forward to making this store one we can all be proud of.”