A LEIGH woman got the surprise of her life when she was sent a text offering cut price offers - at a store which hasn’t even been built!
Ellie Nowell customer of mobile phone network O2 was sent discount offers however, when she scrutinised the texts more closely she saw her nearest store was listed as a site on Warrington Road which is currently waste ground following the demolition of the pub that previously stood there. Ellie, of South Avenue, says the texts have prompted speculation among friends and neighbours that the supermarket giant has already obtained planning permission for a store on the site, which she says would be greeted with anger locally.
Ellie, 31, said: “I received the messages on Sunday and Monday. I thought it was a bit strange, especially as it wasn’t even Tesco sending the messages, There was a rumour that Tesco had bought the land and were applying for planning permission when they were pulling the old pub down, but there’s never been any signs up to say there was an application in. I showed it to friends and neighbours and no-one knew anything about it, and they weren’t very happy. I think it would be very sad if Tesco were to build on Warrington Road, as there’s a butcher’s shop with a really good reputation in Leigh and a few other family businesses, and I worry that a supermarket would completely wipe them out. There’s also the huge new store just off Chapel Street that’s only a 10-minute walk from my house, so I don’t see what they need another store for.”
Wigan Council confirmed planning approval was granted for the piece of land to build a convenience store in 2010, though the application did not specify if Tesco was the party behind it. Under the terms of the approval, the applicants have until October 2013 to begin construction work or seek an extension from the council.