Tesco and Asda are both stepping up the tempo in Northern Ireland with bids for new store sites.
Tesco is believed to have submitted a planning application for a new store in Ballycastle on the north coast. At a meeting of Moyle District Council, chairman Oliver McMullan said the land had been zoned for a “leading retailer”.
Speculation locally is that the retailer in question is Tesco, although the retailer declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Asda has revealed plans for a 103,500 sq ft retail park in Enniskillen where a larger store would replace its existing outlet,which is too small to stock its full offer, most notably George.
Asda is also looking to build larger replacements for its stores in Ballyclare and Strabane.
Tesco, meawhile, is seeking to replace its existing stores in south Belfast, Newtownards, Lurgan, Londonderry and Limavady.