Tesco planned to build a 140,000 sqft Tesco Extra store on stilts on the site of St James RC Primary opposite Salford Shopping City in Pendleton.
The owners of Salford Shopping City said they are facing 'decimation' if a vast stand-alone Tesco were built next to it. Previous plans had ensured that both the shopping centre and the proposed Tesco store would be developed in partnership to guarantee the two sites were fully integrated.
More than 1,000 shoppers at Salford Shopping City signed a petition in protest at proposals for the Tesco Extra which they believed would be detrimental to local business. The Salford branch of the Market Traders Federation also opposed the scheme.