Tesco has been granted planning permission to build a huge store in Ballybofey.
It is the second time in six years the company has been granted planning permission on the site at Donegal Road on the outskirts of the town.
The company was granted planning permission to build a store in 2005 but the decision was turned down after an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by a Galway planning agency on behalf of Shane Fitzgerlad. This time Northline Developments on behalf of Tesco has been granted planning permission to build the store.
The total size of the development is 4,309 square metres and it includes a new right hand turn off the N15 on the main Ballybofey to Donegal Town Road. It includes car parking for 256 cars. Planners granted permission with 26 conditions.
The development was objected to by independent grocers group RGDATA who claimed the development would have an adverse impact on the existing town centre and encourage car dependence.
The granting of planning permission comes just a few weeks after Lidl opened a new store in the town.