Tesco and Dobbies garden centres in first joint venture

Tesco has confirmed that it has entered into a contract to operate the new supermarket at Peel Park, East Kilbride in a first joint venture between Tesco and Dobbies Garden Centres in Scotland.

The two retailers will anchor the retail and leisure development on land at Peel Park industrial estate, worth £50 million.

Dobbies has plans to construct an £8m garden centre on the site, while Tesco is looking to develop an 80,000 sq ft sales area store, which will create 400 full and part time job opportunities.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Doug Wilson said:

"Tesco has long held an ambition to develop a store in East Kilbride and we are looking forward to being part of this exciting development. It is an excellent opportunity to build upon our relationship with Dobbies and together we are committed to making this million pound investment in East Kilbride.

"The supermarket, the garden centre and the wider scheme, will deliver hundreds of local job opportunities, create an economic boost for the local area and provide customers with the value and choice that Tesco is renowned for."

Dobbies director of properties Stuart Wright said:

"We have received positive feedback from the community regarding our proposals for Peel Park. By creating parklands, ponds and allotments - we are creating a community attraction in addition to a garden centre.

"We are looking forward to working closely with Tesco to anchor this development and the East Kilbride community to ensure that they get the shopping experience that they deserve."

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