US discount wholesaler Costco’s plans to move into Wales are being delayed by a planning wrangle between Cardiff City Football Club and the local council.
Costco has signed a lease for a 135,000 sq ft warehouse as part of a 400,000 sq ft retail park at Leckwith, which is set to play a major part in funding a new 30,000-seat stadium for Cardiff City football club.
Cardiff Council rejected the club’s original plans and claimed that it was not satisfied with the business plan that the club had delivered. It has now given Cardiff City until February to prove that its plans are viable.
Tesco has also been linked with the possibility of opening a store in the park and is believed to be close to agreeing a deal with developer Capital & Regional.
A spokesman for Tesco denied that it had any firm plans for the Leckwith site. A spokeswoman for the developer said it was talking to a number of big food retailers.
Francis Ball, MD of Costco UK, admitted that its plans were dependent on outside factors but confirmed it was still keen to develop a presence in Cardiff regardless.
Costco operates 17 sites in the UK and, as well as Cardiff, plans to open another depot next spring. Ball previously said Costco planned to open three stores a year.
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