In April 2010, Tesco announced it was to open its first city centre Express store in the former Solus Lighting shop in St Aldate’s. The Covered Market Traders’ Association warned it could threaten independent businesses in the city centre. Tesco lodged planning and licensing applications with the City Council including permission for a new entrance, illuminated signs and a cash... Read More
2009 - Tesco first submitted plans to build an Express store on the site of the Friar pub in Marston Road. More than 1,500 people signed two petitions against the store amid fears it will lead to a surge in traffic, undercut traders and threaten the only post office in the area at the Costcutters store in Old Marston Road.
April 2009 - Councillors voted to refuse the application.
In May Tesco applied to build a 2,522sqm store and petrol station on the DAF site in Howland Road.
A campaign group Thame Centre First launched a petition, with support from 30 businesses, pleading that the store goes against the town’s 2013 Neighbourhood Plan, and could drive business out of the town centre.
South Oxfordshire District Council will make the... Read More