In December 2009 plans for a 80,000 sq ft free-standing Tesco superstore at Great Homer Street, Liverpool were rejected.
The proposal was in competition with a 45-acre regeneration scheme by Liverpool City Council and development partner St Modwen. They had argued the standalone Tesco store would have prejudiced their plans for a new district centre. The Tesco application also included a petrol station, car parking and landscaping, an indoor market and outdoor market area in Great Homer Street. But following a public inquiry earlier this year Tesco's application was rejected by planning inspector Phillip Ware.