RUMOURS that a Tesco supermarket was to open on the site of a former pub in Cotmanhay have been quashed this week by a ward councillor.
Cllr Dave Morgan said that it was more likely that the Live and Let Live pub in Charlotte Street would be turned into a convenience store, possibly a Costcutter or a Spar.
And the Erewash borough councillor for Cotmanhay welcomed the opportunity to provide new jobs in the area.
“I think there are plans for some sort of mini mart ,” he said.
“I think it’s a bit too out of the way for a Tesco.
“If it is a Costcutter or a Spar type of shop, it will bring in I’d say at least half a dozen to ten part or full-time jobs to the area, which is definitely a good thing for Cotmanhay.”
A spokesman from Costcutter said: “There’s nothing on our books for that location at the minute, but that isn’t to say it’s not going to become a Costcutter store.”
Workers have been seen on the roof of the pub, which was surrounded scaffolding this week.
Nobody from Spar was available for a comment.
Deborah Hayeems, consumer affairs manager at Tesco, confirmed that the firm, which has two stores in Ilkeston, was not planning on opening a store at the site.
In 2009, Tesco opened an Express store on the site of the former White Cow pub in Nottingham Road, causing uproar among residents.
The Tesco Extra store in Rutland Street has been open since 2000.
Tesco was given permission to open a store in Sandiacre at an Erewash Borough Council planning committee meeting two weeks ago.
The pub has been closed for a number of years and has been vacant the whole time.
Copper piping was stolen from the pub in 2009, causing extensive water damage.