As part of the development of the new 80,000 sq ft store £21 million has been injected into the redevelopment of the adjacent Old Trafford ground, occupied by Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The redevelopment, which is due to complete in Spring 2013, will see Old Trafford have the UK’s largest cricket ground capacity outside of London, with the addition of two new Grandstands and temporary seating increasing the capacity to 25,000. Tesco’s investment has also seen the installation of a new state-of-the-art players and media centre and a new pavilion which is under construction.
The entire redevelopment is set to cost between £40 and 45 million in total, with the additional funding coming from the now defunct North West Development Agency, the England and Wales Cricket Board and a major investment from the Club in the form of bank funding and from the Club’s own resources. The revamped ground will play host to the Third Investec Test of the Ashes Series next Summer, the first time Old Trafford has hosted an Ashes Test since 2005.
Michael Cairns OBE, Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club said:
“Without Tesco’s support, in conjunction with Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and the North West Development Agency, it would have been impossible to redevelop the ground and bring the Ashes back to Lancashire. Work is well underway, and we expect it all to be complete, on schedule, by Spring 2013. The store opening is another milestone in the project, and we hope it will prove popular with both the local community and the thousands of visitors we expect next Summer.”
Doug Wilson, Corporate Affairs Manager at Tesco said:
“We are proud to have played such a key role in bringing the Ashes back to Old Trafford. After years of work it is great to see the store now open, and we look forward to seeing the rest of the work complete over the coming months.”
The new Tesco store is built on stilts, with the area under the store set to be utilised for parking. It will create a total of 369 jobs, more than 100 of which are part of its Regeneration Partnership which provides opportunities for local unemployed people.