The proposal has provoked a less than enthusiastic response on social media with many people questioning the need for another super market in the town centre with a Sainsbury’s Local store just around the corner in Bridge Street.

Others said they would like to have seen a small local business move into the site, while some said they were just glad the premises were actually going to be used and not left empty for months on end or turned into another charity shop.

The planning application to Stratford District Council involves installing  a new shop front and air conditioning units to a listed building situated at 12 to 13 High Street. No major interior work is envisaged.

The matter is due to be determined by the district council on 6th June.

A statement from Tesco this week confirmed it was planning to open an express convenience store in Stratford.

“Our Express convenience stores are very popular with customers and communities. We think this will be a welcome addition to the high street here and we’ll be employing approximately 20 people from the local area,” it read.

The HMV music store shut its doors at the end of January having escaped the threat of closure the year before when there were widespread cuts to HMV stores across the country.

Ironically, the music retailer said at the time it was finding it difficult to compete with large food retailer which sold music products cheaper.

  • In a separate proposal, the Zizzi restaurant chain is moving into the former restaurant and wine bar premises of Grants in Sheep Street. The past restaurant has already applied for a premises licence, and a spokesperson for Zizzi told the Herald the restaurant in Stratford should open by the end of July with the creation of 30 jobs.