In May 2011 Tesco announced plans to demolish its existing St Oswald's Retail Park store and create a new one three times the size. Tesco will use the land on the current site as a car park, with 900 spaces available. Opponents of the plans, including Gloucester Federation of Small Businesses, demanded transparency over a land deal which could bring in millions for Gloucester City Council. They say there is a conflict of interest because in order for Tesco to build a new store it has to buy a long leasehold from the council.
Also in December a resolution was reached to grant planning permission for the build of a Morrisons supermarket at the Metz Way site.
A planning application to turn the former Welsh Harp pub in London Road into a supermarket went before Gloucester City Council's planning committee in March 2011 and was approved. Local Councillors and small businesses had been concerned about the impact a supermarket would have.