Local MP Steve McCabe says that building work on the new Tesco supermarket in Stirchley will begin in early 2016.
Labour MP McCabe says he has been told by Tesco that preliminary works will start in January with construction work – “all being well” – beginning in May 2016.
On his website McCabe MP said: “It’s an early Christmas present. I am really pleased that Tesco have kept faith with the people of Stirchley and now confirmed work will start on the store in the New Year.
“The local community have waited a long time for this site to be developed and the area will benefit from this much needed boost in investment and jobs.”
However, some local people in Stirchley reacted angrily to the news.
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The arrival of Tesco has come after years of delays to the project and seen large areas of land in Stirchley left as undeveloped wasteland.
At the start of 2015 Tesco reassured local councillor Tim Huxtable that they were still intending to come to Stirchley but were not able to confirm when.