New Tesco Express on the cards for site of Merry Monk pub in Brownsover

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THE site of the former Merry Monk pub in Brownsover is likely to become a Tesco Express.

The pub is currently being demolished to make way for the store, which is hingeing on planning permission to enable works. The site already has planning permission for commercial trading. It’s not known when the store may open.

A spokesman for Tesco said this week: “Our Express stores offer great value and convenience for local people. We believe an Express in this location will give people additional choice and enable many to get the everyday bits and pieces they need. The new store would also create up to 20 jobs for the local area.”

The Merry Monk closed in May last year. Cllr David Cranham (Con, Brownsover North) described it at the time as “the focal point and hub of the estate”.

Plans for a Tesco Express in Bilton caused concern last year. Independent shops feared they would lose trade, but opinions on its effect on the area were split a year later.

See next week’s Advertiser for reaction to the news.