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Saturday September 27, 2008

Tesco opens in Seberang Jaya

TESCO Stores (M) Sdn Bhd has soft-laun-ched its eighth Tesco Extra store in Sebe-rang Jaya upon receiving approval from the authorities to construct a RM3.6mil slip road.

Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Farizan Darus said the Public Works Depart-ment (PWD) recently gave its consent for the stretch to be built between the RM100mil hypermarket in Persiaran Sembilang and the North-South Expressway.

“Tesco Stores has been allowed to resume construction work on the road on the side near the hypermarket for the time being.

“It can only connect the road to the expressway in mid-October as PLUS Expressways Bhd feared that it may affect traffic flow on the highway, especially during the Hari Raya holidays,” he said on Thursday.

Farizan said the Penang Land Committee had last Friday approved an application by Tesco Stores to use a 1,173 sq m plot of state land (presently used as a car parking lot within the Seberang Jaya expo site) to build an alternative road.

He said the state executive council, which met on Monday, had endorsed the company’s application by requesting it to pay RM525,000 in land premium for building the alternative road on state land.

Farizan added that the company was also told to rebuild 200 parking lots within the vicinity to re-place the ex-po’s parking lots.

At a separate event later, Tesco Malaysia chief operating officer David Hobbs said the new store was the last of eight former Makro Cash & Carry stores that the company had taken over and redesigned since last year.

“Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya, with 15,000 sq m of mall space, is so far the biggest among our 26 stores in the country. There are also 125 mall tenants occupying the food court, bazaar and those in pushcarts here,” he told a press conference at the hypermarket.

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