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Supermarket wars; Tesco, Aldi go head to head in Halewood.


TWO supermarket giants are embroiled in a bidding war to redevelop the heart of a south Liverpool estate.

Aldi and Tesco have both launched rival plans to develop a new district centre at Raven Court, in Halewood.

The detailed schemes could see a new pub, bus station and a block of new shops open up alongside the supermarket.

Executive director for regeneration at Knowsley council Nick Kavanagh said: "With many projects being shelved or in difficulty across the country, having two major national operators in competition to invest is a real triumph for Halewood." The rival bids came about after local residents groups said they were unhappy, claiming Knowsley Council was "handing the development to Tesco on a plate".

Halewood North Cllr Dave Smithson said: "The council has done well in this instance to listen to what residents want and we now have a competitive situation." Tesco is working with Renov, the firm behind the NHS Halewood Centre, to build a 16,709 sq ft superstore and 31,000 sq ft of shops..

Aldi, working with Neptune, has come up with a slightly larger scheme which also includes a new pub.

Both plans will be displayed in the Halewood Centre today and tomorrow.

Following the public consultation, officers will make a recommendation to the council and it is understood work could begin on the chosen project as early as mid-summer.

Knowsley's cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Graham Morgan said: "This process has added a few weeks to the development programme.

"But getting the right scheme is of paramount importance for the success of the development and for the residents of Halewood." email


RIVAL BIDS: Tesco (above) and Aldi's competing visions for Halewood
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2009
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