A Tesco eleven years in the making will finally open in the Cotswolds next week.

The long-awaited Shipston Tesco Express will open next Thursday.

A planning application to demolish Pettiphers Garage on Church Street and replace it with retail space was first submitted in 2011.

Cotswold Journal: Pettiphers Garage on Church street has been knocked down for the new Tesco ExpressPettiphers Garage on Church street has been knocked down for the new Tesco Express

The new store will create 17 new jobs for the area and will be managed by George Wylde, who has been working for Tesco for over a decade.

There are also three flats above the store, creating more homes in the community.

Michelle Quinton, who works at the new branch, said: “It has taken a long time since there were rumours of a new store being considered to it actually being built!

“We’re still waiting to confirm who will be doing the final honours at the grand opening but the local school have agreed to come along.”

Shipston-on-Stour Primary will also be one of the projects competing for a Tesco Community Grant when the new store opens.

The school has applied for a grant to help it build a ‘Thrive garden’  where pupils will be able to grow plants.

Customers will be able to vote for the project they want to receive funding, with the most popular receiving £1,500.

The second and third most popular projects will receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.