In 2009 Tesco submitted two planning applications for a 20,000 sqm (1.25 hectare store), bounded by Wheelock Street, Darlington Street and Southway. But abandoned plans for a new store and later abandoned plans for an extension to its existing store.
December 2010 - Radcliffe Developments announced it wants to turn the historic Boosey’s garden centre and Middlewich Autos site into a 29,000sq ft grocery store. Middlewich Town Council has raised concerns that the superstore could take trade away from the town centre and that the existing businesses should be retained.
Early 2011 - Radcliffe Developments withdrew their plans as they were recommended for refusal by planning officers who claimed it would have a detrimental impact on the town centre given Tesco’s existing plans to build a new store.
July 2011 - they submitted revised plans for a smaller store. Morrisons confirmed it is behind the plans. In October 2011 the plans were approved.