Tesco may witness protests against new store openings, but is now facing the luxury of a town demanding a new store.
Councillors in St Albans are complaining that it purchased an area of land in the town some time ago, but that property company Verulam Properties, which controls the site for Tesco, has failed to develop or maintain the site.
A spokesman for St Albans District and City Council said the council was hoping Tesco would submit a planning application for a store on the site in the future.
Meanwhile, it was considering taking control of the site in order to provide housing.
Tesco spokeswoman Katherine Edwards said that Tesco had arranged to visit the site next week with the local MP.
She added: “We plan to develop the site for mixed use, including housing with retail units, but have no set plans yet.”
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