New look and alcohol licence sought for Newport's new Tesco

·1-min read
Tesco is preparing to move into the former Laura Ashley store on Newport High Street. Inset picture by Tesco.
Tesco is preparing to move into the former Laura Ashley store on Newport High Street. Inset picture by Tesco.

A new Tesco store in the centre of Newport may sell alcohol from 6am to midnight, every day of the week.

Permission is being sought, as more detail about the new store for Newport High Street is unveiled.

The supermarket giant plans to move into the former Laura Ashley shop, on the corner of St Thomas's Square.

In recent weeks, proposals have been submitted by Tesco to join together 35 and 36 Newport High Street to provide its sixth Island branch.

Detailed plans have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council requesting signs - some of which will be lit up - as well as fascia panels, vinyl advertising posters and window frosting.

Isle of Wight County Press: The proposed look for Newport's new Tesco. Picture by Tesco.
Isle of Wight County Press: The proposed look for Newport's new Tesco. Picture by Tesco.

The proposed look for Newport's new Tesco. Picture by Tesco.

  • You can view the plans HERE.

  • Comments can be submitted until August 26.

A licensing application has also been submitted by Tesco, which seeks permission to supply alcohol all hours the store will be open — between 6am and midnight.

Isle of Wight County Press:
Isle of Wight County Press:
  • You can view the licensing application HERE

  • Comments can be made until August 26.

No official date has been confirmed for when the branch could open and work has not yet started in the High Street shop.

Isle of Wight County Press: The proposed new Tesco layout in Newport. Picture by Tesco.
Isle of Wight County Press: The proposed new Tesco layout in Newport. Picture by Tesco.

The proposed new Tesco layout in Newport. Picture by Tesco.

The shop has been empty since homeware and clothing store Laura Ashley moved out, in 2020, when the national retailers saw administrators appointed due to pressures created by the Covid pandemic.

Tesco already has stores in Wootton, Lake, Ventnor, Ryde and Freshwater.