Asda’s ‘no’ spells end of supermarket war

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Asda has ruled itself out of the running to build a new supermarket in Cleckheaton.

The company made the announcement after Tesco last week said it was pulling out of building a new supermarket in Cleckheaton.

A spokesman for Asda said: “Although we are aware of the situation with Tesco, we have no plans to build a supermarket in the foreseeable future.”

Asda is no stranger to Cleckheaton, as the Leeds-based supermarket put in a planning application to build a new store in Horncastle Street in 2005 to rival Tesco’s plans, but had to pull out when developers Magellan were unable to assemble the land.

Asda’s position comes after Tesco’s shock announcement last week that it was pulling out of developing the old Northgate Mills site after more than a decade of trying to build a new superstore in Cleckheaton.

At a meeting of the Spenborough Chamber of Trade this week, local traders’ main concern was the future of the old mills themselves.

Chamber member Simon Pawson said the group would do all it could to get the site demolished as soon as possible.

He said: “We are looking at the possibility of going to the next area committee meeting to raise the point of the derelict site there.

“We would like to get councillors’ backing on this.”

Tesco this week could still not confirm a date for demolition and would not say whether they had plans to sell the site.

A spokeswoman said: “There is nothing new to say as yet – no specific dates have been set for demolition but it will hopefully happen soon.

“Having decided not to develop the store, we are reviewing alternative proposals for the site.”

Coun Kath Pinnock last week said: “Tesco have held this town to ransom for more than 10 years. Tesco has taken so much from this town and given nothing back.”