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New Tesco and garden centre plans for St Oswald's Retail Park

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

The current Tesco site

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‘EXCITING’ plans for a new Tesco and garden centre have emerged for St Oswald’s Retail Park.

The supermarket giant is planning to build a new store to replace the existing one – but it will focus more on food rather than household items that compete with the city centre’s shops.

Leading garden centre Dobbies is also being touted for the site, which would be lined with an avenue of trees. The petrol station would be moved to the front of the site and there would be a bigger car park. Much of the site adjacent to the current store is an overgrown wasteland at present.

Plans are being drawn up that are radically different to the ones that were granted permission two years ago, for a £25million megastore to replace the existing one.

Yesterday Tesco said any plans were still ‘months away’ but city councillors will discuss land issues surrounding the site at a private meeting next week.

City councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) spoke to residents at St Oswald’s Retirement Village last week about what was coming.

Mr Toleman said: “We found out that they were thinking to change their previous plans. It is still early days yet but we went to meet residents to keep them in the loop.

“The store won’t be as big as they previously wanted. There has been a lot of contention with the size of Tesco and the problems it creates for the city centre, but this could resolve that and there are other plans for the site.”

A garden centre would not compete with central shops, city council leader Paul James said. He added: “We want something that isn’t going to compete with the city centre and is in keeping with the type of bulky goods being sold at St Oswald’s already.

“Tesco have had a very public change in their strategy and it is no longer so much about bigger stores but they are going back to concentrating on their core business.”

County councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate) said: “It is not a secret that Tesco are planning to put a planning application in.

“Dobbies Garden Centres would go there and I think it would be wonderful. I also think the plan would really tidy that whole area up.

“A lot of people say they want it to be a grocery store for the people rather than making the store bigger.

“It won’t happen tomorrow but when it does it would certainly enhance the area. It is exciting but I just want to make sure it is what residents want.”

Barry Leach, chairman of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: “I believe that the store size will be very much reduced in its footprint and in what it will sell. Tesco have had a look at their national strategy and I think this is the best outcome we could ask for here in Gloucester. It will benefit the city centre as this had been the main bone of contention in their original plans.

“The idea of a garden centre in that part of the city would be most welcome. It is a nice sort of feature to have in that area, but like always the devil will be in the detail.”

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  • quedgeleyles  |  March 05 2014, 3:53PM

    It looks as though it will have a proper garden centre in competion with B&Q, which to me is a good thing and is probably a higher standard than B&Q which is really good for customers. Bring it on.

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  • jas37  |  March 04 2014, 10:05PM

    This sounds a huge improvement on the previous proposal. A garden Centre would be far more of benefit to the area than an another oversized Tesco. The City Council made a terrible decision granting planning for the huge new store in the first place, but by sheer fluke it appears things may work out well. The Council have gained at least a couple of £ million (will this increase on completion of build?) and the huge new Store will not be built. I can't really understand why Tesco still intend to build a replacement store, it's probably the best Tesco in the area. I avoid Tesco Quedgeley as it's far to big, Brockworth's not much better.

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  • Workhard  |  March 04 2014, 6:13PM

    An exciting new garden centre, owned by Tesco

  • TruthSeeker7  |  March 04 2014, 5:41PM

    another tesco...oh please! sometimes it seems they are taking over!

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  • Beekeeper  |  March 04 2014, 4:09PM


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  • honslknjklyt  |  March 04 2014, 3:55PM

    I don't like B and Q.

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 04 2014, 3:44PM

    And there was me thinking there was already a Garden Centre in the area.... You know ... B&Q... The big white building across the road that has been convieniently forgotten about; that sells all that stuff and has a...wait for it... Garden centre part...

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  • NibNobs  |  March 04 2014, 12:22PM

    The reasons why Tesco no longer need to spend £25 million on a new huge superstore are simple, fewer and fewer customers actually want or need to drive and enter a large out of town supermarket: 1. More and more people are choosing to buy their shopping locally in the many, many new Tesco/Sainsbury's and Morrisons 'M' convienience stores being built just about everywhere you look. (The lunacy of building a Morrisons 'M' store in Barnwood with a huge new Morrisons at Metz Way is just one example!) 2. More and more people are using the dot.com FREE delivery service of Iceland, Waitrose and low cost delivery special offers by Tesco, Sainsbury's, ASDA, Ocado and now Morrisons. 3. More and more people are choosing to use the 'click & collect' pods in supermarket car parks of Tesco, ASDA and Waitrose where it's fast becoming a free service. 4. People are not buying the number of clothes and electrical items at Supermarkets preferring to use specialist low price websites with free delivery like Asos and Amazon.com The days of building yet more huge supermarkets are over.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  March 04 2014, 11:22AM

    A Garden Centre makes a refreshing change, shall look forward to that.

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  • nedaemch  |  March 04 2014, 9:26AM

    Is Spam Tracey trying to say she knew all about this before it went public. Is'nt she very important.

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