BARNOLDSWICK could get its first superstore if plans to build a Tesco in the town go ahead.
The supermarket chain wants to open a new store on Ravenscroft Way, buying up part of the land belonging to L&P Springs, which makes mattress components.
Tesco said the new store would create 175 jobs as well as safeguarding the future of L&P Springs and its 36 staff.
The plans have received a mixed reception, with some concerned about the impact on local businesses. A special Chamber of Trade meeting will be held on Monday for members to discuss the proposal.
Matthew Magee, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said residents would have a chance to comment on the plans during a two day public exhibition next week. He said: “This is an exciting development for Barnoldswick and we are looking forward to being able to talk to local residents and community groups about our plans.
“The development will create up to 175 new jobs for the local area, as well as helping to secure the future of a local manufacturing firm through the sale of part of its site.”
Anthony Joyce, managing director at L&P Springs, said: “We are determined to remain a part of the community in the town.
“The current economic climate has been challenging for all businesses and to have the potential for a major injection in finance is just what the doctor ordered.
“The supermarket proposals are great news for all of our staff, many of whom live in Barnoldswick.”
Emyr Williams from development firm Liberty Properties said the store would support people who do not want to travel out of the town for their shopping. He said: “We know that a large proportion of people in Barnoldswick currently travel outside of the town to places such as Skipton and Colne to do their weekly shopping. Our proposals with Tesco will keep these shoppers in Barnoldswick, which would be a major benefit for the area.”
Pendle councillor David Whipp said the town’s Liberal Democrat councillors are organising a town-wide survey to garner residents and business owners’ views.
He said: “We are determined to give everyone every opportunity to put their views forward. Councillors cannot voice an opinion one way or another prior to the decision but we will listen very carefully to all sides of the argument.”
A two-day public exhibition is being held at the Majestic Building on Albert Road next Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when representatives from Tesco’s project team will be on hand to discuss the plans. The Chamber of Trade will meet at 6 p.m. at the Cafe on the Square in Albert Road on Monday.