CHESTERFIELD: Town reacts amid promises for 160 new jobs

The old Tesco site.
The old Tesco site.

A leading retailer has been given the green light to relocate to Chesterfield in a move which promises to create more than 150 jobs for local folk.

Chesterfield Borough Council has told Go Outdoors it can transform the abandoned Tesco site, on Meltham Lane, Tapton, into a combined head office and superstore.

Politicians and business leaders have hailed the “brilliant” news.

But bizarrely, Go Outdoors has refused to join in the positive feeling and express its joy at the announcement. Instead, the firm stonewalled the Derbyshire Times when we asked for a comment.

Council chiefs say the new shop, which will sell outdoor gear, promises to create 160 jobs for local people.

One hundred workers currently based at the firm’s headquarters in Sheffield would also move to the site.

The former Tesco site has stood empty since 2010 when the supermarket opened a larger store across the road.

Chesterfield Borough Council planning chief Cllr Terry Gilby said: “Go Outdoors is a well-established national retailer and the fact they want to move their head office to our town speaks volumes.”

Peter Swallow, chair of marketing group Destination Chesterfield, added: “This news further strengthens our town’s national reputation for investment and retail offer.”

George Cowcher, chief executive at the Derbyshire chamber of commerce, commented: “The move will bring many new jobs to the town and revitalise a disused gateway site. It’s all very positive.”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins hailed the “brilliant news”.

Unusually, Go Outdoors refused to express its delight when the Derbyshire Times contacted the firm this week.

A spokesman simply said: “The site is purely planning granted at the moment. There isn’t an official move in place as yet.” They declined to comment further.

The development must take place within three years.