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New Tesco on World Heritage Site

Supermarket on The Strand to be city centre's ninth

Written by . Published on December 21st 2011.

New Tesco on World Heritage Site

Britain’s grocer to the masses, Tesco is to open its ninth Liverpool city centre store – this time at the epicentre of the World Heritage Site. 

Tesco’s new store will be created as part of hotel development nearing completion at the corner of the Strand and Redcross Street, facing Mann Island. 

Planning applications to pave the way for the the new Travelodge Tesco have been deposited with Liverpool City Council. 

There are already Tesco stores in Clayton Square, Hanover Street, Lord Street, Old Hall Street, Bold Street, Mount Pleasant, London Road and Myrtle Street. 

People living or working close to the waterfront have to trek into town to do a spot of shopping for the essentials in life, so the Strand will be seen by many as a welcome addition. 

And while it may be convenient for some, don‘t you just crave for the return of shops on the main drag of Church Street, like Coopers or Henderson’s Food Hall - and wasn’t Kirkland's, now The Fly In The Loaf, once a high-class bakery up there in Hardman Street? 


Even Lewis’s in its heyday had a wonderful food hall. But there are some green shoots to counter the march of Tesco's if you know where to look: take Delifonseca in Stanley Street, Lunya in College Lane, Matta's in Bold Street and the deli at Falkner Street's The Quarter. 

Back on The Strand and immediately next to the new building is what must be one of the last reminders of Liverpool’s notorious streets in the sky – the city centre walkway system conceived in the 1970s. City planners of the day thought it would be a good idea to separate pedestrians and traffic by giving walkers a walkway. There were a whole network of the unpopular walkways around what is now Queen Square. 

Maybe this last bit facing the Strand should be granted listed status as a permanent reminder of Liverpool’s post-war regeneration. 

As the concrete walkway is within the World Heritage Site it may require a high-level meeting before any plans to remove it are considered. 

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

Bring back Spencers!

AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

Bring back Lewis's and the walkways! I miss old Liverpool...

Edward BarrettDecember 21st 2011.

I'm not a fan of Tesco, because I'm not a fan of the way they (and other supermarkets) treat suppliers, or (in many cases) their employees. Nor do I support the proliferation of Tesco stores, which seems to me indicative of an unhealthy monopoly.

At the same time, we have the ultimate sanction available to us: we can shop elsewhere.

The 'good old days' argument seems a little weak to me; as does any view that paints a particular supermarket as villainous without looking at the whole capitalist system. Consider the positive effect Tesco has had on Old Swan, for example.

It used to be ownership of the means of production that was held to be key to a fairer distribution of wealth; we already have ownership the means of consumption. If we use it, we can change the way the whole system works.

Liverpool wagDecember 21st 2011.

Bring back My Bonnie to me (oh hang on, that's another story)

Stephen FaragherDecember 21st 2011.


AnonymousDecember 22nd 2011.

Would any other retailer somehow be less damaging to the world heritage site than a tescos - clearly not. So why put that idea in peoples minds? poor journalism.

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AnonymousDecember 22nd 2011.


Absinthe & TurksDecember 30th 2011.

Liverpool needs more shops selling top hats and cigars.

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