A planning application for a Tesco Express store on Barnstaple High Street has been submitted to North Devon Council and the store could open in April.
In November the Journal reported how Tesco planned to open a store in the premises which had just been vacated by electrical retailers Bernard Smith.
And that has now happened, with a planning application validated by the council over the Christmas period.
The submitted 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's likely to be at least three months before the store's opened, providing it gets planning permission."
If given the go ahead the store will be Tesco's third branch in Barnstaple and the sixth in North Devon. There are also stores 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.
The plans were registered with North Devon Council on December 19 and will undergo a period of public consultation which ends on January 24.
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