THAME: Tesco announces plans for new store

Howland Road, Thame, site of a proposed Tesco store (picture: Google Street View)
Howland Road, Thame, site of a proposed Tesco store (picture: Google Street View)

Global supermarket chain Tesco has announced plans for a new store, petrol station and office space on Howland Road in Thame.

The retail firm wants to redevelop the site – which it has owned since 1996 – into a store with a 295-space customer car park and an eight-pump petrol station.

The site is currently home to DAF’s UK head office and occupied by tenants including Kubota, R E Foster, Lucy Electric, M40 Cars and GMQ.

If plans get the go ahead, the store will offer 200 jobs to locals and would be of similar size to the Asda supermarket in nearby Wheatley.

Tesco’s corporate affairs manager Jack Pearson said: “We have been keen to open a supermarket in Thame for many years and think that a store would be popular.

“As part of the development we’ll provide first class office accommodation, for use by local businesses.

“Our existing tenants are aware of our plans and we are working closely with our principal occupier to maintain them on the redeveloped site.”

As part of the development, new pedestrian and cycle routes will be created to improve links between the store, adjoining residential areas and the town centre.

Now the company is inviting residents to attend a public exhibition of the plans at Thame Barns Centre in Church Road on November 28 and 29 – more details of which will be announced over the next few weeks.