Tesco pulls plans for Boston Spa Express store

An artist's impression of the proposed Tesco Express store. (S)
An artist's impression of the proposed Tesco Express store. (S)

Tesco has pulled its plans to convert a Boston Spa pub into an Express store and does not intend to open a shop in the village, it has been confirmed.

A Tesco spokesman confirmed that the company would not be proceeding with its plans to turn the Crown Hotel on Boston Spa’s High Street into a Tesco Express.

He said: “We have reviewed our proposals at the Crown Hotel in Boston Spa and made the difficult decision not to proceed with plans for the new store.

“We’re very grateful to those who supported our proposals and will continue to work hard to serve the Boston Spa and Wetherby community from our other stores in the wider area.”

Tesco targeted the Crown Hotel for development after it closed in 2012 and won a public inquiry to redevelop the site in October last year, but it will now be handed back to the owner, Enterprise Inns, which is reviewing its options for the pub.

As the supermarket giant’s national performance as a business continues to fall short and the resources it has available for new investment are severely constrained, all current and future projects have been re-evaluated.

Boston Spa Parish Council acting chair Coun Terry Gaussen welcomed the withdrawal.

He said: “Personally I am quite pleased Tesco has withdrawn and we need to wait to see what happens next.

“We resisted it becoming another small supermarket because locally people preferred it to retain its previous function. That was always the reason, not because we particularly hated Tesco.”

The parish council fought against the conversion of the Crown Hotel but were unsuccessful as planning permission went ahead.

Tesco’s withdrawing its plans is a positive turnaround for them, but the fight may not yet be over as there is speculation that Sainsburys could be taking up the application.

A Sainsburys spokesman confirmed, however, that although the company is interested in the area, there is no deal in place on the site.

Coun Gaussen added that, if a planning application is not in place, the Crown Hotel could be registered as a community asset. Though the parish council is not able to do that, the wider community is.