After stalking Sheringham for 17 years, the steely skeleton of a long-awaited - or long-dreaded - Tesco store is finally taking shape.

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The white “bones” of the Cromer Road store have been fused together, creating a frame on which the controversial building will develop before its opening at the end of 2013.

The site is currently cordoned off with fences adorned with glossy posters about what Tesco will offer when it opens.

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar said: “There’s a real buzz about this and we are really excited to be building the store. We can’t wait to start serving customers and the community.”

Construction work signals the beginning of the end of a saga that has split the town into pro-Tesco and anti-Tesco camps, creating some sharp divisions.

Tesco’s fight to build in Sheringham began in 1996, and included a number of planning battles, a town vote which was inconclusive and the emergence of a rival plan for a Waitrose and a food academy on Weybourne Road, which was eventually rejected.

The giant firm finally got planning permission after a heated meeting at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) in September 2010, where the consent came on the casting vote of development committee chairman Simon Partridge.

Permission hinged on a number of conditions, which have taken a while to be met, including the construction of a £2m community centre on Holway Road, to replace the old Teen and Twenty Club on Cromer Road.

The new centre opened earlier this year, while the old centre is set to be demolished in the next few months as the supermarket takes shape.

Tesco also financed the building of a new fire station on Cromer Road, opposite the site of the one that was demolished to clear the way for the store.

And it has handed over to NNDC £1.34m to provide social housing in the district, in lieu of the flats lost when it demolished Lockerbie Flats.

Nonetheless, the opening of the store is awaited with trepidation by many town-centre businesses, whose owners fear an exodus of shoppers to Tesco - despite the looming construction of a walkway between the store and the town, which Mr Petar said would “definitely” be constructed before the opening.

Construction work for the road accesses for the store has been put back to avoid clashing with the town’s main tourist season.

11 comments

  • GC, as you we're driving by......weren't by any chance on your way to Cromer to shop at Morrison's were you?! Because that's where the bulk of us are shopping at the moment! At least when there's a proper supermarket in town some of us might park up at Tesco, do most of our shopping there and then have a stroll into town and get a few other bits and bobs, rather than just doing everything that we have to do in Cromer as is often the case now!

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    Herbals1974

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Why is this considered news?

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    Hugh

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • As you drive by, the notice boards state they are opening a deli counter, a fish counter etc etc. Why? There are lots of shops in Sheringham who provide excellent goods at good comparative prices. How often do you hear comments like jeffy above.

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    GC

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • @Tractorboy your comment sounds good coming from someone who drives to Brandon for fish & chips! Hypocrisy or what?

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    Thoreauwasright

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • RIP Sherringham small traders. TescoN will destroy your market town, just as they will Swaffham, when they build their 'shed'. TescoN are only interested in destroying local competion with their 'one stop shopping', screwing over their producers and suppliers and building 'blots on the landscape'.

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    Tractorboy

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • How many local producers are they going to use? Very few I suspect... How many people are aware how Tesco treat their suppliers?. Producers are often told "we will only take your produce if you drop the price we contracted you to supply at?" This leaves farmers will crops in the ground they have no choice but to harvest and sell at a loss. This is Tesco common practise. How many shops will suffer at their hands? Sheringham independents who do such a great job are bound to suffer. Just look at what they did to Stalham high street. KEEP CALM AND AVOID TESCO

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    jeffy

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Looking forward to the Swaffham opening as well. BTW GC I hope you weren't really trying to read the signs while driving!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • High rents and complacency are more likely to harm shopkeepers than Tesco in Sheringham. Cromer has some great bakers and fish shops who thrive despite having Morrisons, Co-op, Budgens, Iceland and soon to be Lidl. Aylsham has 3 butchers.

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    nr26

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • They are months away from opening but already, they are trying to screw local suppliers. A representative from their company rang me yesterday looking for accommodation for one of their workers during the high season. When I told them my rates (which are already one of the cheapest in town) I was told "we won't pay that...." How I enjoyed telling them go away!!! KEEP CALM, AND AVOID TESCO

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    jeffy

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Dragonfly, I can only assume your taste buds do not work. Supermarket fruit and veg may look perfect but the majority of it is tasteless. I like to shop by foot or on my bike, where I live this means Tesco or get flattened, really enjoy my trips to Norfolk where I can buy stuff local that actually tastes of something.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • I look forward to it opening . Their Fakenham store is excellent , Beccles a close second . Good quality goods , reasonably priced , no hydrogenated fat or artificial colours in Tesco own brand food . The fruit and veg is second to none among the Big Four supermarkets .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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