Tesco confirms new site after closure of Carlisle's Express store

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Supermarket bosses have secured a site for a new Tesco Express in Carlisle city centre.

The retail giant's existing Express store in Victoria Viaduct closed last October after a planned closure was brought forward following the discovery of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) which led to similar fates for buildings across the UK. Tesco had originally planned to hold onto the Victoria Viaduct store until a new site could be identified but the discovery of the substandard concrete has meant that the city centre has now been without an Express for more than six months.

Tesco has now confirmed to CumbriaLive that bosses have "finally found a new site" at the former House of Fraser store in Carlisle city centre. After a private developer acquired the freehold of the building on English Street Tesco has agreed a lease for a brand new Express store serving the local community. No opening dates have been confirmed but Tesco will make announcements when they are available.

Dean Conway, area manager, said: “We’re really excited to be returning to Carlisle city centre. It’s taken a while to find the right site but we look forward to letting the local community know once we have an opening date. As well as offering a wide range of great value products, we’ll also have our community programmes Stronger Starts and Community Food Connection helping to make a difference to the local community.”

Stronger Starts is Tesco’s £5.3m funding programme that launched in July 2023 with the ambition to support 1 million children by 2026 through the provision of grants for healthy food and activities. Customers vote in store with blue tokens for one of three local charities or community groups to decide who receives a £1,500, £1,000 or £500 grant for their particular project.

In April Tesco revealed plans to open 70 more stores across the UK over the next year in a major expansion plan. The retailer confirmed plans to bring more Express stores to local communities while a small number of large stores will also be opening over the course of the year. The new stores will create around 7,000 new jobs. Tesco's expansion comes as the retailer generated £2.3 billion last year - up from £882 million the year before.

A number of other retailers are also looking to open more branches across the country with Aldi publishing a list of 13 new locations as it looks to operate 1,500 UK stores in the coming years. Asda has also been opening hundreds of convenience stores in recent months as it looks to rival major players Tesco and Sainsbury's.