Town centre redevelopment partner Sainsbury’s has responded to plans for a new Bicester Tesco with its own proposed expansion.
Cherwell District Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans on Thursday next week.
Sainsbury’s wants to expand the mezzanine floor of its new store with an extra 1,450 sqm of sales space, bringing the total sales floorspace to 6,292 sqm.
All the work will be internal, and will not involve any changes to the exterior.
Officers have recommended the plans for approval.
The proposed Sainsbury’s expansion comes on the heels of plans to create a new, larger Tesco store near Bicester Village.
The new Tesco, with an eight-pump filling station and 600 parking spaces, will be built on a site south-west of Bicester Village next to the A41.
Sainsbury’s said in a statement: “While we are still reviewing our position, our application to extend the mezzanine floor within our store has been submitted to encourage more people to use the town centre and respond to new out-of-centre developments.”