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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Asbestos removal will close Carlisle city centre Tesco for two months

Tesco is shutting its Carlisle city centre store for nearly two months so asbestos can be removed and other work done during a revamp.

Carlisle Tesco store photo
The Tesco store on the Viaduct

Bosses say they have taken the decision to “ensure the safety of customers and staff” while the firm freshens-up the look of the dated 1970s supermarket.

Buses will carry customers to the firm’s store at Rosehill and staff will also be transferred to this branch during the temporary closure.

Tesco had revealed earlier this summer that the Victoria Viaduct shop was to get a facelift but has now confirmed the work will mean it has to shut its doors between September 16 and November 3.

Doug Wilson, Tesco corporate affairs manager, told The Cumberland News: “We have taken the decision to temporarily close our Metro store on Victoria Viaduct and its car park.

“This is not usual, however the works, including the removal of some quantities of asbestos, have to be done safely.”

Mr Wilson said the closure was taking place “on the expert advice of our contractors”.

He added: “It is paramount to ensure the safety of our customers and staff and this has led us to this decision.

“During the closure we will be running a temporary bus service to our superstore in Warwick Road at Rosehill and we hope this will assist our existing customers during this period.

“The service run by local company Reays will run every 40 minutes taking customers to and from our local superstore.

“We will be writing to customers and they will also be able to pick up a copy of the timetable instore. All of our staff will also be transferred to our Warwick Road store during this period.”

The supermarket is one of 430 Tescos to receive a makeover as the company invests £1bn.

For details about work taking place during the revamp, see The Cumberland News this week

Have your say

What are you on about Alan? Practically every building built from 1950 to 1980 has asbestos. In fact, it is unusual to find a building from that era without asbestos. Asbestos is perfectly safe unless disturbed. And that is what is happening here with the refurbishments.

It's not a shock, it's not a risk to health, it will be disposed off as per the regulations require.

Posted by Bob on 16 September 2012 at 14:10

A survey should have been undertaken on purchase by their property estate management team.

Poor performance a failure and a H&S hazard to customers.

I've been there looking at properties in the South - this should not happen!!

Posted by alan Crossley on 10 September 2012 at 21:54

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