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Monday 30 May 2011

Supermarket Sweep – Demolition Time

The redevelopment of Crewe’s Tesco store continues, with the former Safeway closing a fortnight ago and business transferring to a temporary store across the railway, as I noted recently. What has been surprising is the speed at which demolition has proceeded, with work continuing through the Bank Holiday.

Dead right it's closed

Yes, the machinery has been at work today – that’s Bank Holiday Monday – as the old store is rapidly reduced to rubble and piles of twisted metal. It’s now possible to get a clear view of the Heritage Centre yard, which would be nice if they tidied it up.

That's one big heap of scrap

And once the site is cleared, the new store will rise from the rubble and bring the town yet more retail space it can easily manage without. There is, in the meantime, no progress across Vernon Way on the supposed redevelopment of the building at present partly occupied by Dunelm Mill, and Crewe TV recently floated the thought that Sainsbury’s, who were going to do that redevelopment, only made their proposals to stop Tesco getting their hands on the site.

It’s a thought that makes sense, given the constrained nature of the Tesco site.

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