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It’s a question of floor space for local supermarkets

Posted by Mark
April 5, 2013 in Mezzanine Flooring

The UK’s largest supermarket retailer, Tesco, has recently announced plans to build a new store in the Oxfordshire town of Bicester. Planned to be built close to the Bicester Village development, more famous for its fashion outlet stores, it will become the largest supermarket in the region.

As well as the main grocery store, the new development will see a total of 600 parking bays created. An eight-pump petrol station and shop will also be built on the site.

Rival store Sainsbury’s already has a significant presence in the town.

Responding to the news, the Bicester town centre Sainsbury’s has announced its own intention to expand its operations. The supermarket released a statement, saying:

“While we are still reviewing our position, our application to extend the mezzanine floor within our store has been submitted to encourage more people to use the town centre and respond to new out-of-centre developments.”

In the plans, the  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring of the store will be expanded, providing an additional 1,450 square metres of store space for customers. This will bring the total floor space to well over 6,000 square metres.

While it will be a significant fit out, the works will be wholly internal. For local residents and shoppers, it should mean no major disruptions will be forthcoming.

The plans have already received recommendation from the local planning officers, though a final decision will be made by the Cherwell District Council planning committee later in the year.

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