Mystery of the old Falkirk Tesco

The former Tesco site
The former Tesco site

The mystery surrounding the future of a former Tesco store continued this week as the site’s large car park was closed to the public until further notice.

Last week the supermarket giant confirmed it was finalising a deal with a new firm to monitor the site after public concerns were raised about the previous company Site Seek Security.

Now fences and signs have been erected to prevent access to the Meadow Street car park.

Tesco made no comment on the closure or the future of the premises as The Falkirk Herald went to press.

There have reportedly been numerous attempts by local businesses to move into the store since it shut up shop in July 2010.

Housecall Carpets owner Pat Holleran put forward an unsuccessful proposal to Tesco regarding the site earlier in the year. He claimed Tesco told him the refusal was down to local authority guidelines.

He said: “I spoke to Tesco’s agent for the premises and he said the reason we aren’t getting any further forward is because Falkirk Council is not prepared to have the property divided into separate units.”

However, a Falkirk Council spokesman said: “Our Local Plan for this site aims to see it developed in a comprehensive and co-ordinated way - but we have not expressed any stated preference to see either one or more units developed.”

Separating the premises into smaller units is central to Mr Holleran’s plan, which would see the property divided up among a number of businesses and activities, including Housecall Carpets, a bakery, a children’s play area and indoor skate park.

Again Tesco was unavailable to confirm the reasons it refused Mr Holleran’s plan as the newspaper went to press.