Will Tesco relocate to Truro City ground?
Supermarket giant Tesco could be planning to move from its city centre location to build on the site of Truro City Football Club, the West Briton can reveal.
It emerged yesterday that a deal is currently being put together that would see a "major foodstore operator" set up shop on the Treyew Road site.
London development company Helical Bar has struck a deal to take over the site which has been home to Truro City for more than 50 years.
Helical Bar declined to comment on the identity of the supermarket they are dealing with.
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However, in a presentation for the company's Annual General Meeting in July 2012 an image of Tesco was used to illustrate the Helical Bar plans for Truro.
The 2013 Helical Bar annual report stated: "In Truro, we have entered into a Conditional Purchase Agreement on the six-acre Truro City Football Club site and a scheme is being put together to satisfy the requirement of a major foodstore operator."
A planning application for the scheme is likely to be submitted this autumn according to the report.
The report also said proposals for a non-food 60,000 sq ft retail park on a site next door are "in hand".
A spokesman for Tesco said there was "no truth" in the suggestion the store was looking to relocate. However Tesco has previously indicated a desire to move from Garras Wharf to larger premises.
The current owner of Treyew Road is a company called Jojo Investco Ltd which bought the ground from Cornish Properties Ltd for £2.28 million in July 2012.
Pete Masters, the current chairman of Truro City, rescued the club with business partner Phillip Perryman of A2B Taxis.
Mr Masters said: "They are looking at getting the best value out of the ground. At some point Truro City Football Club will be relocated and hopefully we will end up with a stadium of Conference Premier standard."
Mr Masters said the club had been kept fully informed by Helical Bar of the plans to develop the site.
He said: "As part of the redevelopment package the club will get a new home."
The club chairman said his preference would be for Truro City to be involved with the promised stadium at Threemilestone.