Plans for £2m new shop development.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Plans for £2m new shop development. thumbnail An artistís impression of the new store on the Newry Road.

A NEW supermarket is set to open in Banbridge in 14 months' time if all goes to plan - bringing a £2m investment to the town.

Eurospar plans to build a new store on the current site of VTF and the Today's Express store on Newry Road.

The new grocery store will sit alongside a petrol forecourt and retail facilities according to a planning application received by Planning Service.

Henderson Retail, which owns and operates almost 80 other Spar or Eurospar stores in Northern Ireland, applied for permission for the new store after "acquiring a site on the Newry Road".

A company spokesman confirmed they hope work on the proposed new store, which would create 30 full and part-time jobs, will start in eight months' time.

"The building of a state-of-the-art EUROSPAR store will commence in June 2018 with proposed completion in January 2019. The store will feature a wide range of in-store services and amenities and will act as a hub for the local community in Banbridge."

Downshire Caravan and Camping also based on the site was asked if the new plans affect their business. However, they said they "were not in a position to comment".

Henderson Group is planning to "demolish the existing petrol forecourt and retail facilities on the site and construct a new petrol forecourt, retail and hot food facility".

The existing site "comprises a petrol forecourt and associated retail unit, a second, two-storey, retail unit, land used for the retail sale of caravans and a number of ancillary buildings" and the proposed retail unit will be 900sqm gross floorspace (the current floorspace is 100 sqm).

The provision of 74 car parking spaces is also proposed.

In the planning application, the proposed development is described as "an investment by a business with a widespread interest in the borough council area which is to be welcomed".

"The proposal is an investment in an existing petrol forecourt and retail facility to provide a modern, improved petrol forecourt, retail and hot food facility for Banbridge.

"The proposed development represents an investment of some £2m into the local economy. It is a tangible demonstration of private sector confidence in the town which will complement the ongoing development and regeneration agenda.

"The proposed development will also support a range of local suppliers. Furthermore, the development will support a number of construction jobs during the construction.

"In addition to these benefits, the proposed development will provide additional rates income to the local authority to support the ongoing delivery of public services." They added there was "a need for investment in the site and in the life-expired petrol forecourt and retail facility".

"The proposal will deliver a modern, quality petrol forecourt, retail and hot food development. The retail offer will provide customers with a wider range of products and an improved retail environment".

It is now up to planning officers in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to decide on this application.


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