Tesco makes local jobs pledge over new Dewsbury store

The Whistler in Leeds Road will become a Tesco Express.
The Whistler in Leeds Road will become a Tesco Express.

A SUPERMARKET chain has won planning permission to turn a former Dewsbury pub into a convenience store.

Tesco expects to open an Express store in the old Whistler pub in Leeds Road in early September, creating up to 20 new jobs.

Recruitment for the roles is due to start in mid to late summer.

Tesco corporate affairs manager for Yorkshire Deborah Hayeems said Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dews East) had urged the company to employ local people.

She said: “He was adamant that jobs should go to local people so Tesco is committed to targeting recruitment locally and doing what we can to bring young people into employment from the area.

“Hopefully this will also mean that staff in the store will be people that our local customers already recognise and will make them feel welcome.”

The company submitted its plans, including applications for a cash machine and non-illuminated signage, in November.

It says it will protect much of the existing building features, use the existing main entrance and preserve the masonry.

Ms Hayeems said: “The application has taken a bit longer to conclude than we expected but for all the right reasons. We had detailed discussions with local councillors and council officers about ensuring that customers and deliveries can get to and from the store safely without causing problems on the highways in the area.

“Coun Kane was particularly determined to ensure Tesco funded appropriate road improvements. He explained there had been a long term need for a crossing to alleviate problems around Bywell Road and so we are pleased to be able to include this in the plans.”