A supermarket has finally opened in Yardley, Birmingham, ten years after store giant Tesco first won planning permission for the scheme.
The new store in Yardley replaces the Swan shopping centre which has been demolished.
But the project was dogged by rows during the development stage after Birmingham City Council accepted £300,000 less in community cash from Tesco because of problems the firm experienced in buying all the land needed for the scheme.
The wrangle was finally settled in December 2010, paving the way for work to start on the site.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Anita Ward declared the store officially open for business this week – ten years after planning approval was granted.
Back in 2002, Tesco won a store war with rival Sainsbury’s over providing a superstore at the site
At the store opening, staff presented pupils from Yardley Primary School with £1,000 towards the Yardley Fundraisers project, aimed at improving facilities for the youngsters.
Roberta Sale, Yardley School business manager, said: “Everyone involved with Yardley Fundraisers is so thrilled to be receiving this donation.
“As an expanding school it will help enormously towards the much needed development of our outside play areas.”
Store manager Simon Warren said: "We have really enjoyed working with the staff and pupils at Yardley Primary School over the last few months and so it was fantastic to be able to provide the Yardley Fundraiser with the launch donation.”
A free family fun day will be held at the store on Saturday and a petrol station is also expected to open later in the year.