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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Tesco - every little twist

APRIL 2005: Tesco announces it is going full-steam ahead with plans to build a new Whitehaven superstore creating 150 new jobs.

FEBRUARY 2006: Asda forges ahead with plans to open a £20million store.

MARCH 2006: Tesco looks at an even bigger extension to its Whitehaven store.

MARCH 2007: Tesco offers to pay for Whitehaven to have a new bus station as part of its plans.

MAY 2007: Copeland planners unanimously back plans for a new Asda, on the corner of The Ginns/Coach Road and Preston Street.

JUNE 2007: The government tells Copeland that Asda’s scheme can proceed.

JANUARY 2008: Asda drops its plans. Soaring costs are blamed by the supermarket. A spokesman said there was no truth in rumours that Asda was moving to Workington instead.

FEBRUARY 2008: The Ginns area of Whitehaven will not be abandoned after the Asda pull out, according to Copeland’s then economic development director.

OCTOBER 2010: Asda opens a new store at Dunmail Park, Workington.

NOVEMBER 2010: The Britain’s Energy Coast Board agrees to put £1.3 million into a scheme aimed at “delivering an iconic gateway for the north-western approach to Whitehaven’s town centre”. It will bring together new bus and rail transport services, linking with the major Tesco expansion.

JANUARY 2011: Plans for Whitehaven’s new £2.5million transport interchange are withdrawn.

MARCH 2011: Tesco unveils ambitious plans which would double the size of the store, “give a big lift to the local economy but also help make Whitehaven more attractive”.

JUNE 2011: Tesco’s plans are “absolutely definite” says their corporate affairs boss Doug Wilson. The opening date was announced as early 2013.

DECEMBER 2011: Plans for Whitehaven’s new £2.5 million transport interchange were scrapped by Cumbria County Council.

JANUARY 2012: Tesco says its new store will be delayed by about six months – but will still be built.

JULY 2012: Tesco says it STILL plans to go ahead, despite rumours that it will be dropped.

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