‘Steady’ progress as supermarket giant attempts to sell site

Demolition work started at the Tesco site in Amble in January.
Demolition work started at the Tesco site in Amble in January.

A major supermarket firm which is trying to sell the site of its axed store in a seaside town is in talks with interested parties and has described progress as steady.

At the start of the year, Tesco announced that it had scrapped plans to build a shop in Amble, which was earmarked for north of Queen Street and adjacent to the Braid.

The decision came as the company faced financial pressures and brought an end to a long-running saga in the town which spanned a number of years, with the supermarket giant continually stalling progress at the site, despite pledging its commitment to the cause.

In June, Tesco revealed that it was actively trying to sell the land and was considering all expressions of interest to ensure a positive future for the plot.

And this week, the company told the Gazette that talks are ongoing.

Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas said: “Our Amble site is on the market and we are in discussions with interested parties about its sale and I would say that progress is steady.

“We will be sure to keep the community updated on any progress.”

The spokesman said that he was unable to disclose with whom Tesco is in discussions.

Earlier this year, community leaders welcomed the news that Tesco was trying to sell the site, which was cleared and tidied up by the company, and hoped that there would be a resolution.