Tesco is planning to expand its store in Hemel Hempstead by 1,600 sqm. However, Dacorum Borough Council's spatial planning team is concerned the expansion could threaten town centre shops. In their report they state - "Our concern is that if Tesco strengthen their range of comparison goods to the extent proposed by this application, then the number of people making linked trips to the town centre may fall dramatically." Tesco plans to extend the front, side and rear of the store, creating extra sales floor and storage space, plus a new mezzanine level for a customer cafe and toilets. For further information please see an article in Hemel Today, 13th January 2010.
The store opened in February 2011. Please see an article in Hemel Today, 4th February 2011.