Newmarket has had applications for four supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's).
Tesco submitted a planning application to Forest Heath District Council for a new store, 4,600 sq ft larger than it's existing one, that would be built on a land at the neighbouring Oaks Business Park.
Newmarket’s Retailers’ Association started a petition against the plans as it is concerned that the expanded store, which will sell clothing and a bigger range of household goods, will draw more shoppers away from the town centre. In April the application was discussed by town councillors at a meeting attended by members of the Newmarket Retailers’ Association. Over 600 people have signed a petition against the store. However, the Town Council voted in favour of the Tesco application.
In April 2012 property tycoon Bill Gredley submitted his plan for a new Asda store with car parking for around 400 cars built on paddocks at Newmarket’s historic Fitzroy House stables. Asda was part of a bigger project which would see the High Street Total garage demolished to make way for a four-storey, 90-bed hotel and a large retail development with parking for nearly 70 cars which would occupy part of the site left vacant when the town’s former swimming pool was demolished.