Tesco has ruled out opening a store on the site of Kingston gig venue The Peel.
The iconic pub in Cambridge Road has announced it is closing later this year after owners Punch Taverns - which is attempting to restructure a £2.3bn debt mountain - decided to sell the venue.
The news fueled online speculation that the supermarket giant was planning on buying the land and opening a store on the site.
But Roberto Munoz, Tesco's London communications manager, said this morning: "I can confirm we are not looking at the Robert Peel pub."
A day-long party is being planned for the summer before the Peel closes for good.
A statement on the pub's Facebook page read: "It is so nice to see all the support for The Peel, thank you all very much.
"IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL ITS OVER!
"The management are currently in the process of trying to organise a big party to say thanks for all your constant support, so keep your eyes (Sir Robert) peeled."
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