A PLANNING application for a Tesco Express store in Barnstaple High Street has been submitted to North Devon Council and the store could open in April.
In November the Journal reported how Tesco hoped to open a store in the premises which had just been vacated by electrical retailers Bernard Smith.
And the first stage of the process is now in place, with a planning application validated by the council over the Christmas period.
The plans include designs for illuminated signs on the building, a new shop front and the installation of a cash machine.
Tesco spokesman Melanie Chiswell said: "Now an application is in it is likely to be at least three months before the store is opened, providing it gets planning permission."
If approved, the store will be Tesco's third branch in Barnstaple and the sixth in North Devon, the others being in Braunton, Bideford and Ilfracombe.
Public consultation on the matter is currently taking place and ends on January 24.
To make a comment on the application visit tinyurl.com/aeohwnr
The application numbers are 55071, 55072 and 55073.