Supermarket giants in Barnsley battle

Supermarket giants are battling to be based in Barnsley.

A third development proposal is unveiled today, with Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s having shown keen interest into moving into the town.

Morrisons and Asda already have big superstores on the edge of the town centre.

The latest development proposal is for a superstore just a hundred yards or so away from Morrisons, on the 100,000 square foot site that includes the former Gala Bingo hall on New Street.

It would include a petrol forecourt and create around 450 jobs according to developer Spectrum Investment Management.

Tesco’s, who already have a big superstore on Wombwell Lane at Stairfoot, are understood to be very interested in the site, which would put it in close and direct competition with Morrisons.

Spectrum is holding a public exhibition of its plans today at The Core on County Way, from 10am until 4pm. They say that if they are given the go-ahead then construction would start next year.

Other proposed sites are near the transport exchange and the former Yorkshire Electricity building – which is believed to be the council’s preferred option – and at the bottom of Harborough Hill Road, the latter not far away from the Asda superstore.

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