Tesco opens in Leyland today - five years after plans were first submitted

Tesco Express manager Andrew Markillie outside the new store
Tesco Express manager Andrew Markillie outside the new store
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One of Leyland’s most controversial and long-awaited convenience stores is set to open today.

People have been opposed to a shop being built on the old Canberra Road service station site, on the junction of Turpin Green Lane, since plans were first submitted to South Ribble Council five years ago.

The initial proposals for a two-storey building were withdrawn in 2011 after being on the cards for two years, when planners admitted they were struggling to find a firm to occupy the site.

But the plans re-appeared in early 2012, and were finally given the green light by the council later that year.

It was soon after revealed that supermarket giant Tesco would be opening an Express store there, and critics accused the company of taking over the town.

Almost two years later, the shop has been built and the store is opening today at 8am.

An official opening ceremony is set to take place at 10.30am.

Manager Andrew Markillie, who had to whittle down more than 900 job applications to fill the 11 posts available, said: “My team and I are looking forward to welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”

Store opening hours will be seven days a week from 6am until 11pm.