Tesco pulls out of plans to develop in Dartford
PUBLISHED: 10:09 08 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 08 January 2015
The area's MP, Gareth Johnson, says that he will 'be glad to see the back of Tesco'
Troubled retail giant Tesco has said it will abandon plans to develop a new superstore in Dartford.
The retailer made its intentions clear in a letter sent from its CEO, Dave Lewis, to Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson this morning (January 8). It comes after Dartford council leader, Jeremy Kite, had accused the retailer of dithering with its plans to build the superstore.
Mr Johnson said: “This announcement ends a very frustrating and lamentable period for Dartford.
“Tesco has treated Dartford in an appalling manner and created uncertainty for years.
“This decision at least brings us some closure now and gives us the opportunity to plan the future for Lowfield Street and the town centre.
“Recent decisions from other companies have shown there is a keen interest from businesses to invest in Dartford so we can be positive about the future.
“I personally will be glad to see the back of Tesco but the important thing now is to work on Dartford’s future – a development in Lowfield Street without a Tesco store.
“We need to see something that works in the best interests of Dartford and I believe this is now very achievable.”
Dave Leiws, Tesco’s CEO said that the plan had been shelved due to the businesses performance.
He said: “Our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and my absolute imperative has to be to protect the future of our business for the 300,000 colleagues we employ in communities all over the UK.”
Mr Lewis also said that Tesco was committed to working alongside the council to ensure a solution was found for the site.
He said: “I know that this news will be a real disappointment to many people in the local community and we’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received for our plans. I am very aware of the importance of the site to the area and I am determined that we will work closely with the council to find the right solution for the local community.”