A DERELICT pub in Norwood Green which has been occupied by squatters could become a Tesco Express.
The North Star pub, in North Hyde Lane, has fallen into disrepair since closing several months ago.
However, planning permission was granted in July last year to extend the ground floor to the rear of the building and create two flats on the first floor.
The Chronicle has learned Tesco has taken a lease on the property with a view to opening an Express store.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket giant said: "It's very early days. We've only just taken a lease on this property."
Tesco is understood to be working to evict squatters from the building before moving ahead with plans for the new outlet. The premises is already designated for Class A1 use, which covers shops, so planning permission would not necessarily be required if it was to become a Tesco Express store.
A former worker at the pub, who asked not to be named, said she was disappointed by the loss of another pub.
"It was a community pub and it would be a real loss to the neighbourhood if it becomes a Tesco," she said. "It's not the way to build a community. If it does become a supermarket the traffic is going to be diabolical."
David Blackett, chairman of Heston Residents Association, said the North Star had gone the way of many other pubs in the area.