Tesco ‘plans massive superstore surge’ before proposed restrictions

Times Online

Marcus Leroux Retail Correspondent

Tesco is planning scores of new supermarkets across Britain before a proposed clampdown that would restrict its ability to expand.

The country’s largest retailer has lodged nearly double the number of planning applications as its two largest rivals combined, according to data passed to The Times.

The intense planning activity comes as ministers discuss new rules that would limit new store openings by locally dominant chains. One rival accused Tesco of planning a “surge” in new stores before a proposed competition test that would threaten its expansion plans.

Tesco has approximately 76 outstanding planning applications, from convenience stores to hypermarkets. Most have been lodged in the past year…