Beeston: The ongoing ‘store wars’ battle between Asda and Tesco on Old Lane shows no sign of ending. Councillors recently went against planning officers’ recommendations and said they broadly support plans for BOTH the demolition and building of a new larger Asda store on its current site AND the building of a new Tesco store nearby. A fresh report with more detailed information is expected to be brought back for councillors to consider in the New Year. If we were betting people here at South Leeds Life, we’d speculate there could well be appeals and legal challenges as the battle for Old Lane intensifies, so don’t expect this one to be resolved any time soon.
Middleton: Asda have already confirmed that work on their long-awaited Middleton store will start next April. Aldi have also reaffirmed their commitment to building on the former Middleton Arms site in 2013, with latest rumours from well-placed sources suggesting a similar start-time as Asda.
Dewsbury Road: With a new Iceland opening later this month, it was revealed earlier this year that The New Inn in Dewsbury Road, Beeston – once notorious for vandalism and violence – is to become an Abu Bakar superstore, the third in the city.
Holbeck: Work is continuing on the former Kwik Save site to turn the abandoned building into a Venus Middle Eastern/Turkish supermarket/restaurant.
We’ll keep you informed of developments as and when they happen.
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