Whistler set to become latest Tesco Express

TESCO have announced plans to convert a Dewsbury pub into an ‘Express’ store.
After lying empty and closed for several months The Whistler, on Leeds Road, could become a convenience store if councillors approve Tesco’s plans.
The supermarket giant says they would create around 20 jobs and work with Job Centres to recruit locally.
Tesco have submitted an application for a small extension to the rear of The Whistler as well as some other ‘minor works’ applications including the installation of an ATM, alterations to the shopfront and advertisements. 
Earlier this year The Whistler became the subject of local rumours that it was to be sold off by owners Enterprise Inns to become a private educational establishment.
But this week Tesco have begun delivering letters to nearby residents setting out their plans for the prominent old building.
The letter says: “Tesco will occupy the entire building, however the actual shop floor sales area will be limited to the ground floor of the existing building.
“In case you are wondering about how much the outside of the building might change, I’d like to reassure you that we propose to retain much of the existing building to keep its current features. 
“We will use the existing ‘main’ entrance point in order to retain the sense of architectural balance along the frontage.
“The building works will be kept to a minimum and we are hoping to open the store in February 2012.”
Tesco already operate an Express store at the Esso service station on Wakefield Road, less than half a mile away, and are set to open another on the site of the former Black Bull pub in Mirfield.
Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dewsbury East) said: “It’s good news in terms of jobs for the area, and it’s good that such a fine old building could be put back into use.
“Ideally, on a personal level, I’d have liked it to remain as a pub, but times are changing.
“These stores are our new corner shops and it would create a healthy bit of competition with the Coop store further up Leeds Road.
“I think the community will find it acceptable that The Whistler building is being put back into use in this way.”

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