Future of store still in doubt

THE future of a planned supermarket development in Amble still hangs in the balance, with a decision yet to be made about progressing the scheme.

And discussions are ongoing to find a solution for the former Northumberland Foods factory which has been closed for almost a year.

Earlier this year, Tesco delivered a bombshell by announcing that the store which was earmarked for the town and was set to create 150 much-needed jobs had been placed under review, after the company endured a bleak Christmas period.

Yesterday, Doug Wilson, corporate affairs manager for the supermarket giant, said there was ‘no movement as yet from this end’ on the Amble scheme, which is planned for land north of Queen Street and adjacent to the Braid.

But he did say that he was hoping to hold meetings with Amble Town Council and Amble Business Group.

Meanwhile, there are still questions surrounding the future of the former Northumberland Foods factory on Coquet Enterprise Park, which closed its doors last March.

Administrators Begbies Traynor are responsible for the building but did not want to issue any information to the Gazette about the current situation.

But a Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “The administrators continue to have responsibility for the building and we are continuing discussions with them about marketing and future uses.”