Tesco is planning the UK’s biggest mixed-use development with a 100,000 sq ft store and 1,600 flats on a brownfield site in Glasgow.
The development is set to be Tesco’s first large scheme to offer student housing, with a 1,300-bed accommodation above the store, and the other flats in a separate block.
A spokesman said the application had successfully gone through the first stage with Glasgow City Council. As The Grocer went to press, Tesco was meeting the council again with a view to opening up a public consultation from Monday. “We now look forward to consulting widely on our plans and welcome the views of local people,” said the spokesman.
In its present state, he added, the former scrapyard on the edge of Partick town centre was a barrier between the dense urban development in the Partick area and the Glasgow harbour redevelopment.
“Our scheme will provide a physical and commercial link and play a key role in the ongoing regeneration of the area,” added the spokesman.
Tesco has entered talks with Glasgow University to offer the flats as halls of residence.
The majority of Scots support the impending total smoking ban in enclosed public places, according to a report by the Scottish Executive. In a poll of 1,040 households, 58% of interviewees supported the ban that comes into force on March 26, compared with 56% of those polled last May. The number of smokers supporting the ban also increased with 27% supporting the ban compared with 19% in May.

Cake manufacturer Inter Link Foods’ half-year pre-tax profit before exceptional items to November 5 rose 42.1% to £3.78m on turnover up 51.8% to £67.2m. Current trading remained in line with expectations, with like-for-like sales for the first two months of the second-half of the year at more than 11%.

Premier Foods expects to report strong full-year results later this year thanks to acquisitions. It said it expected total reported grocery sales for continuing operations for the year to be up 15%, with like-for-like sales up 2%.

Staff at M&S could share a £40m windfall from employee share schemes. Some 11,500 staff who belong to its save-as-you-earn Sharesave schemes are set to receive £3,500 each when the schemes mature this month.

Trade organisation Dairy UK will host a summit on Tuesday to discuss the implications of a report calling for milk subsidies for primary school children to be scrapped to save £1.5m a year.

A report by Food from Britain has revealed significant opportunities for UK food and drink producers in the Gulf States as 700,000 expatriates live there.
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