West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Tesco that they are in ‘detailed discussions with a potential new tenant’ for their former store on Church Street in Ormskirk.
Following the closure of the Tesco Metro store in April 2015 it has remained empty since. Although the identity of the new tenant has not yet been revealed whilst discussions are ongoing.
MP Rosie has recently held meetings on the redevelopment and the future of Ormskirk town centre. During these meetings the future of the former Tesco store was discussed and concerns raised that such a store of this size on Church Street remaining empty wasn’t good for Ormskirk as a market town and for retail as a whole.
In response to Tesco’s correspondence, MP Rosie said:
“The prospect of a new tenant to occupy the former Tesco Ormskirk store is very positive and news that should be welcomed.
“In revitalising Ormskirk town centre as a place people want to come and shop then we need stores to be opening up rather than standing empty. In attracting new retailers it brings jobs and people who spend money in the town which is good news for all retailers and traders on market day.
“This is a step in the right direction and one that needs to be built on in creating a vibrant market town centre.”