In September 2011 Tesco signed a contract to come to Halstead town centre.
Tesco wants to build a store of 20,000 sq ft and a 200 space car park. Halstead already has 2 in-town supermarkets for a population of only 11,000 and a struggling high street with lots of empty shops.
In October Tesco submitted a planning application. Halstead residents opposed to the plans set up an online petition which gained over 700 signatures.