Belfast Telegraph

New Tesco Extra store to create 300 retail posts

Construction work has started at an 80,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store in Co Armagh.

The store, next to B&Q at Highfield in Craigavon, will be the fifth Tesco Extra in Northern Ireland. The store amounts to a £25m investment and is set to create 300 new retail jobs. Construction will be carried out by Co Armagh firm, Turkington Holdings and around 150 construction workers will work on it.

Colin Hampsey, Tesco corporate affairs manager for Northern Ireland, said: "Customer feedback has shown us that the Extra format is already extremely popular as it provides the wide range of food, non-food and services they expect from a larger Tesco store.

"We are also examining the possibility of a number of new services, including a Tesco Direct catalogue facility, a digital help desk with experts on hand to provide assistance and an opticians.

"This major investment is good for shoppers and local ratepayers.

"Not only will it increase consumer choice, but it will generate significant rates income for the local council, and a significant all-round boost for the local economy."

Trevor Turkington, chief executive of Turkington Holdings in Portadown, said: "The relationship between ourselves and Tesco goes back several years and we are committed to delivering a first class build on time and within budget.

"All told, this important project will require around 150 construction workers.

"There is no doubt this is good news for the area in these challenging economic times."

Earlier this month, environment minister Edwin Poots indicated he would refuse the supermarket giant planning permission to build a store in Ballyclare, Co Antrim.