Tesco kick-starts Stourbridge centre rebuild

Stourbridge News: The shabby Crown Centre is getting a little help from Tesco The shabby Crown Centre is getting a little help from Tesco

STALLED plans for a supermarket in Stourbridge have been given a kick-start from retail giant Tesco.

Following a series of failed attempts by Modus Properties to begin upgrade work on the Crown Centre, the supermarket chain has taken over as the leading partner in the plan for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the shabby site off Crown Lane.

Tesco say they stepped in after financial difficulties hit Modus during the recession and the long-awaited revamp failed to happen.

Tony Fletcher, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “We have been involved with the Crown Centre redevelopment for a considerable time and decided to take a lead in delivering the project when it became clear that the previous developer was not able to proceed with the planning permission that had been granted last year.

“Since then, Tesco has worked very closely with officers at Dudley Council to bring forward a scheme that we think will revitalise the Crown Centre for the benefit of local people and the town’s economy.”

The proposals include a new foodstore, retail units, offices and the provision of 550 parking spaces to replace the run-down Bell Street multi-storey car park, which would be demolished.

Tesco say the scheme will bring around 400 new jobs to Stourbridge and a new planning application is expected to be made to Dudley Council during the summer after a public consultation.

Dudley Council deputy leader Les Jones said: “We need a major supermarket in Stourbridge to revitalise the town centre, I know they have been working with the planning authority for some time so everything looks positive.”

Members of the public will be able to take a look at the proposals at an exhibition in Stourbridge Library, in the Crown Centre, between noon and 7pm on Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26.

Tesco representatives will be on hand at the exhibition to discuss the plans and answer questions.

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3:10pm Wed 19 May 10

The Villan says...

Anything would be better than the current eyesore. But no doubt, we will have people complaining about the amount of food retailers in the town, which is laughable.
Anything would be better than the current eyesore. But no doubt, we will have people complaining about the amount of food retailers in the town, which is laughable. The Villan

5:49pm Wed 19 May 10

The Trapist says...

Mmmm. 400 new jobs. At the expense of how many current ones?
Mmmm. 400 new jobs. At the expense of how many current ones? The Trapist

5:55pm Wed 19 May 10

patriotic citizen says...

Finally some sort of progress, food retailers where 2 "supermarkets" that would be more at home in Lye or Brierley Hill for what good they are. produce retailers with a poor quality of veg & fruit. the butchers has closed down now not much left so Dudley council dont drag your feet with this.
Finally some sort of progress, food retailers where 2 "supermarkets" that would be more at home in Lye or Brierley Hill for what good they are. produce retailers with a poor quality of veg & fruit. the butchers has closed down now not much left so Dudley council dont drag your feet with this. patriotic citizen

5:00pm Thu 20 May 10

steve sharples says...

Oh god not another TESCO

how many are we going to have in the borough?

Isn't it about time we stood up to the supermarkets and said enough is enough?

Lets bring back local shops for local people selling the locally grown food that we want.

And support our local economy and not increase TESCOs profits.

Perhaps I am nieve but it works elsewhere in Europe so why not here

regards
Oh god not another TESCO how many are we going to have in the borough? Isn't it about time we stood up to the supermarkets and said enough is enough? Lets bring back local shops for local people selling the locally grown food that we want. And support our local economy and not increase TESCOs profits. Perhaps I am nieve but it works elsewhere in Europe so why not here regards steve sharples

8:17am Fri 21 May 10

The Trapist says...

Steve
People are very lazy and disorganised, and want cheap goods in one place. Tesco satisfies this.

I'm with you, and prefer to have smaller shops and diversity. When Tesco arrives I'll be going to Much Wenlock for shopping. Tesco will kill all shops in Stourbridge, just as it did in Cradley Heath.
Steve People are very lazy and disorganised, and want cheap goods in one place. Tesco satisfies this. I'm with you, and prefer to have smaller shops and diversity. When Tesco arrives I'll be going to Much Wenlock for shopping. Tesco will kill all shops in Stourbridge, just as it did in Cradley Heath. The Trapist

12:28pm Fri 21 May 10

pestobobber says...

Tesco ought to be made to fund road improvements in Oldswinford. The queues in to Stourbridge are made much worse by the fact that people trying to turn right into Tesco block all the traffic behind and only a couple of cars get through on each rotation of the lights.
Tesco ought to be made to fund road improvements in Oldswinford. The queues in to Stourbridge are made much worse by the fact that people trying to turn right into Tesco block all the traffic behind and only a couple of cars get through on each rotation of the lights. pestobobber

1:27pm Fri 21 May 10

MrStJohns says...

Im not local any longer but I lived in Stourbridge for a long time so if no one objects il have a say: I find it hard to believe that people could actually want a Tesco, they do nothing in terms of revitalising the immediate area. What they do, achieve is undercutting any competition until they have a market monopoly. So if you feel Stourbridge is with out shops now wait until Tesco move in. in my opinion Stourbridge should have redeveloped the area to accommodate a range of independent shops and some restaurants. Which could have spurred an interest in other retailers etc investing in Stourbridge. In reality merry hell should not have been allowed to build a restaurant quarter, but Dudley MET have long been determined to close Stourbridge down, Stourbridge is a wonderful town and with some thought and proper investment it could well attract a lot of people, before everyone turns into a zombie and frequents merry hell!
Im not local any longer but I lived in Stourbridge for a long time so if no one objects il have a say: I find it hard to believe that people could actually want a Tesco, they do nothing in terms of revitalising the immediate area. What they do, achieve is undercutting any competition until they have a market monopoly. So if you feel Stourbridge is with out shops now wait until Tesco move in. in my opinion Stourbridge should have redeveloped the area to accommodate a range of independent shops and some restaurants. Which could have spurred an interest in other retailers etc investing in Stourbridge. In reality merry hell should not have been allowed to build a restaurant quarter, but Dudley MET have long been determined to close Stourbridge down, Stourbridge is a wonderful town and with some thought and proper investment it could well attract a lot of people, before everyone turns into a zombie and frequents merry hell! MrStJohns

11:17pm Sat 22 May 10

viktor says...

Yes I can't believe Councillor Les Jones said in the paper Stourbridge needs Tesco as part of the regeneration of the town. Unless Tesco is planning to cross-subsidise its competitors, it's hard to see how that argument will wash. I think we can look forward to even more closures and eventually the Ryemarket will look as empty as the Crown Centre does now.
Yes I can't believe Councillor Les Jones said in the paper Stourbridge needs Tesco as part of the regeneration of the town. Unless Tesco is planning to cross-subsidise its competitors, it's hard to see how that argument will wash. I think we can look forward to even more closures and eventually the Ryemarket will look as empty as the Crown Centre does now. viktor

4:04pm Sun 23 May 10

neil53 says...

Yet more "planning by Tesco".....
Yet more "planning by Tesco"..... neil53

5:11pm Mon 24 May 10

BlackCountryMan says...

patriotic citizen said: where 2 "supermarkets" that would be more at home in Lye or Brierly Hill for what good they are. Produce retailers with a poor quality of veg & fruit.

As a resident of Lye, can I suggest you get up out of your comfy chair from which you make this assumption, and actually visit and check out the quality of, and indeed range of fruit & veg (not to mention fresh spices and herbs) available for sale in Lye? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find on offer there, far better and far superior to anything you'll get from yet another `mass produced, must be the right shape, size and colour' Tesco's.
patriotic citizen said: where 2 "supermarkets" that would be more at home in Lye or Brierly Hill for what good they are. Produce retailers with a poor quality of veg & fruit. As a resident of Lye, can I suggest you get up out of your comfy chair from which you make this assumption, and actually visit and check out the quality of, and indeed range of fruit & veg (not to mention fresh spices and herbs) available for sale in Lye? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find on offer there, far better and far superior to anything you'll get from yet another `mass produced, must be the right shape, size and colour' Tesco's. BlackCountryMan

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