Store means jobs boost for Hattersley

Date Released - 03/11/2010

IT’S all systems go for the new Tesco supermarket in Hattersley, and councillors believe it will prove to be just the job.

The Government Office North West has signalled that it has no objections to the project – already approved by Tameside Council’s speakers’ panel. It should create 450 jobs, of which 250 have been guaranteed for local long-term unemployed.

First Deputy, Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, who represents Hyde Godley ward, which includes parts of Hattersley, is delighted by the decision.

He said: “This is excellent news for the area and adds to the regeneration and redevelopment of the area.

“Tesco have said they will reserve 250 of the jobs but they have a general practice of recruiting people who live near their stores so I would expect that most of the employees will be local people.

“It’s taken around seven years to get to this stage, and during that time there has been a great deal of consultation.

“The new store should really help the people of Hattersley and the surrounding area. And it should mean less traffic as people won’t need to travel to Glossop, Hyde or Stalybridge to do their shopping.”

Cllr Janet Cooper, who was elected to represent the Longdendale ward at the end of September, added: “This decision is great for investment and for the creation of jobs. I welcome it.”

The store is expected to open at the start of April, 2012.

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