Tesco plans store at £250m University of Ulster redevelopment

Tesco sign The Tesco store will create about 20 jobs

Tesco is planning to open one of its small format supermarkets close to the University of Ulster redevelopment scheme in Belfast.

The retail chain is planning to open an Express store at the top of Royal Avenue in early 2014.

The university's £250m scheme, focused on York Street, will house up to 15,000 students and staff currently based at Jordanstown, County Antrim.

It is expected to be completed in 2018.

In recent years, Tesco has slowed the pace of large store opening and concentrated on developing smaller neighbourhood stores.

The Royal Avenue store is expected to be in Sinclair House and will create about 20 jobs.

The university scheme is expected to generate more private investment on the northern fringe of Belfast city centre.

Earlier this year, a property firm applied to convert an office building in the area into student accommodation.

The building, Mark Royal House on Donegall Street, is close to the Art College.

Progressive Property Investments Ltd has lodged a change of use planning application to convert the building into 45 ensuite single bedrooms.

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