Work presses ahead on new Sunderland Tesco development

Building work at the Tesco site at former Roker Retail Park, Monkwearmouth
Building work at the Tesco site at former Roker Retail Park, Monkwearmouth
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WORK is well under way on a new multimillion-pound supermarket development.

Tesco, at Sunderland Retail Park, should be complete by spring 2013, more than 10 years after the firm’s plans were first mooted for the city.

The site will include a combination of new shop units, with other buildings being renewed and retained for existing businesses, and runs in conjunction with the traffic system revamp at the Wheatsheaf roundabout.

Monkwearmouth and Roker residents have spoken out about the benefits it will bring to their area.

Annette Graham, who lives in Eglinton Tower, said it was a good addition to the city.

“It’s about time we had something like this and I will definitely be doing some shopping there,” she said.

The 46-year-old added: “For somebody that lives in the area it’s a really positive thing and I think its better here than at the Vaux site.”

Janice Hepple, from Monkwearmouth, said she thinks the site will give a big boost to her area.

“Considering that I only live up the road I will be shopping there,” she said.

“It’s a bigger Tesco than we have in town at the minute.

“It will mean less unnecessary trips into town, which is a good thing.

“If it had been at the Vaux site we would have had to go into town anyway.

“Now we can pop to this Tesco when we need anything.”

Tesco first submitted plans for a new Sunderland superstore in October 2002.

However, that proposal was for the former Vaux site, which the chain snapped up after the brewery closed in 1999.

Tesco later sold the site under the provision another site would be found for its superstore.

In 2008 it was confirmed that Tesco was the “preferred operator” for a proposed new superstore on the Sunderland Retail Park site.

Another Monkwearmouth resident, who did not want to be named, said the location was a better choice than the Vaux site.

He said: “It will be good for people in the area.

“I’m sad to see the bowling alley go, it was a good place for families to meet up, but this gives us a really big supermarket on our doorstep.”

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