TESCO bosses have applied for planning permission to build a city centre superstore they say will create 450 jobs.
Council bosses are considering a proposal to build the new Tesco Extra at the city’s Ings Road Retail Park after a formal application was made this week.
Tesco said the store, which would stock everything from food, and clothes to electrical goods, would bring new jobs for long-term unemployed people under its Regeneration Partnership scheme.
Corporate affairs manager Deborah Hayeems said: “In these tough economic conditions we feel that our Regeneration Partnership, where we ring-fence a large number of jobs for people out of work or on benefits for at least six months, is more important than ever.
“We are pleased to be submitting our application which could have a significant positive impact on the jobs market in Wakefield.”
Ms Hayeems said the new supermarket, which would be to the east of Homebase, would secure the future of the retail park after Sainsbury’s left the site to move to Wakefield’s Trinity Walk shopping centre.
Tesco held public consultation events which saw hundreds of people give their views on the proposal, Ms Hayeems said.
She added: “We are committed to bringing back supermarket shopping to the Ings Road Retail Park and we are delighted by the positive response we have received towards our proposals from the local community.”
Tesco plans to work with Job Centre Plus and other agencies to help unemployed people into jobs at the new supermarket.
The plan also includes pedestrian walkways to the new store to provide access from the city centre on foot.