Eight things you should know about the new Tesco

Staff welcoming the first customers into the new Tesco Extra store in Fratton Park
Staff welcoming the first customers into the new Tesco Extra store in Fratton Park
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HUNDREDS of people have already visited Portsmouth’s newest superstore today.

But for those of you who haven’t, here is a simple factfile of the top eight things you should know about the new Tesco Extra, in Fratton Park.

1) More than 4,000 people opposed the store’s development

A petition was signed by thousands of people who were concerned the new superstore could sap trade away from the city’s independent retailers as well as cause more congestion and increase pollution levels.

2) Hundreds of jobs have been created

Around 350 people now work at the shop – with almost all of them living withing walking distance of the site.

3) A government minister had to give the site the seal of approval

Because of the large number of people opposed to the development, it was down to the UK’s communities secretary Eric Pickles to give the site the green light. He approved the application in September, last year.

4) It is big – really big

Tesco is about 64,000 sq. ft – separated into two levels; the ground floor car park and the superstore above.

5) There’s more to it than meets the eye

As well as selling groceries, produce and clothing, the superstore also has its own café, a community room which can be hired for by anyone for functions. It also has its own Timpsons outlet, which offers dry cleaning, shoe repairs, phone and key repairs and key cutting services.

6) Last-minute rush

Staff had just ten days to arrange all the store and fill it with produce.

7) Pompey will benefit from the development

Portsmouth FC is set to receive a seven-figure sum to help pay for stadium improvements as part of the plan.

8) Helping hand for charities

The store is part of the FareShare FoodCloud programme, which means Tesco will donate unsold surplus food to charities and community groups across the city. To register onto the scheme, please click here.