Halifax Road shop which was believed to be a Tesco then seemed to be a Morrisons appears to be a Tesco again...

Its construction has been progressing for several months and the shop is due to open before the Tour de France goes past its doors in July

Supermarket construction in progress on site of former Grey Horse pub at Birchencliffe

The saga over which supermarket operator will run a new store in Birchencliffe seems to have come to a conclusion.

Although Tesco and businessman Bal Khela won a protracted planning battle against Kirklees Council, to demolish The Grey Horse pub on Halifax Road, out of the blue, Morrisons nipped in and in November last year and indicated intentions to open a store.

Notice of application for Morrison's to open M Local on site of former Grey Horse on Halifax Road in Birchencliffe.
Notice of application for Morrison's to open M Local on site of former Grey Horse on Halifax Road in Birchencliffe.
 

Its construction has been progressing for several months and the shop is due to open before the Tour de France goes past its doors in July.

Now a spokesman for Mr Khela, who owns the site, revealed there has been a “bit of a bidding war involving Sainsbury’s and Co-op too” with Tesco coming out on top.

He said: “Tesco have renegotiated and offered more money for the 20-year lease.”

Mr Khela also has another retail unit next to the store and is inviting applications for its use.

Neither Morrisons or Tesco responded to requests for comment, but Tesco have applied to Kirklees Council for an alcohol licence for the premises.

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