Work on a new Tesco superstore in Armagh has been halted after it was one of 49 projects across the UK to be shelved by the company.
Portadown company Turkington’s were the developer behind the project, which is now facing an uncertain future.
Councillor Paul Berry described the news as a major blow to the local economy but expressed hope that an alternative retail giant could be attracted to the site.
He said, “It was with real shock and deep disappointment when I received a letter from the chief executive officer of Tesco Dave Lewis on Thursday. Whilst we were all aware of Tesco’s business pressures across the UK I was still encouraged that work had started on site and progressing well.
“This is a blow to the local economy and the local community in the Armagh District area given the clear fact that this would have created jobs and also kept the money in the city rather than people driving to the likes of Newry, Craigavon or Dungannon to do their weekly shopping.
“This proposal I believe would have complimented the city retail life and would have been a real benefit but sadly Tesco have decided to cease development of this site.”