Friday, January 18, 2019
TESCO STORE IN BRIGG 20 YEARS OLD TODAY
Many congratulations to the Tesco store in Brigg which is 20 years old today.
Inspired by the company's slogan "every little helps" Brigg Blog offers this short look back at the history and development of the town's biggest retail premises.
The Brigg store opened its doors to the public for the first time on Monday, January 18, 1999.
Over many months it was built on the site of the former stockmarket, where beasts had been auctioned.
Many folk from Brigg and the surrounding area have been using the store since it opened - villagers being able to travel in on a bus provided by the company.
Originally the Brigg store had a cafe - near the entrance - but this was later removed to create additional retail space.
Tesco's adjoining petrol station is one of only two fuel outlets currently available to the public in Brigg.
Some years ago, North Lincolnshire Council granted planning permission for Tesco to build a new, much larger store but this scheme was never carried through.
The giant store would have occupied the former Lidl supermarket premises adjoining the Old River Ancholme which had been built in the early 1980s by Hull's Jackson Grandways.
But as Tesco decided not to proceed with its plans, the Lidl store was not demolished and now houses a branch of discount retailer Bargain Madness, B&M.
Lidl moved out and purpose-built premises were opened a few hundred yards away, off Atherton Way, by the firm.
There are some long-serving staff at Tesco in Brigg today - indicated by the length-of-service badges they wear.
Tesco has supported and assisted many local charities in various ways, including Poppy Day collections and help for schools with computers and other equipment.
The store also does its bit to help the environment with well-used recycling containers on the perimeter of the car park.
Issues over vehicular access to and from the store proved a main talking point for years - eventually being tackled by the introduction of new road markings on Barnard Avenue to deter drivers from turning right at the exit - a practice now banned through a by-law.
Instead, all drivers must turn left towards the roundabout at the top of Atherton Way.
Tesco nationally is also celebrating its 100th anniversary.