WORK to build a new Tesco store in Hoyland which could create 140 new jobs has been put back for the third time.

The store on Market Street was originally due to open by spring this year, then it was hoped to be completed before Christmas and now Tesco says it will instead open in January 2014.

Permission was granted in July 2011 and workers started clearing the site in February 2012 but little has happened since.

Earlier this month a Tesco spokesman said they were going through the finer points of the plans and work would start by the end of March/early April.

But this week a spokesman said work would not now start until the end of the year.

The spokesman said they were committed to the project despite delays and looked forward to opening the store for customers.

"These developments do take an amount of time and we want to make sure the development is right for ourselves and our customers," he said.