July 07, 2017
The most popular UK supermarket have plans to take over the vacant unit which was once home to River Island, one of the top clothing stores.
Tesco recently announced their intentions to fill the previous River Island unit and with the unit currently being boarded up, there's no reason for them not to seize the opportunity.
In February of 2016, the River Island store in Winchester closed after 20 years of being there. Following this closure, many other stores have followed suit such as Jaeger, Next, Monsoon, and Beales. This raised a lot of concern regarding how successful the retail industry could be in Winchester, although it's clear that Tesco are being optimistic about their plans.
According to Ian Tait, a councillor in Winchester, "The rumour which I've been hearing is that Tesco will be occupying the unit soon enough, primarily due to the fact that Sainsbury's and M&S in the Winchester area has had much success."
"There's no doubt in my mind that the unit they'd be occupying is big enough for them to put together a successful Tesco branch and it's clear that Sainsbury's are already having a lot of success in Winchester.", Ian continued.
Tesco have already applied for a license to sell alcohol at the new store between the hours of 7am and 11pm, Monday through Sunday.
A Tesco spokesperson stated, "We are incredibly excited to open our new store and can't wait to see how successful it's going to be. We've already applied for a license to sell alcohol. We plan on keeping the locals updated about the store whenever we know more."