Sainsbury’s has revealed the opening date for its huge new superstore in Southport.
The 44,710 sq. ft supermarket is being built at Meols Cop retail park in Blowick on the former Homebase site, and will include the relocation of the existing Argos outlet further down the site.
The new store will open on Wednesday, 28th February, with signs on the building now promoting the opening date. No time has yet been given.
A total of 150 new jobs will be created when trading begins.
A large team of construction experts were today busy inside the building, as well as carrying out work on the car park outside.
It has taken several years for the project to come to fruition after several objections were raised over potential loss of trade for Southport town centre businesses and the impact of increased traffic on nearby roads.
The opening of the new supermarket later this month, on the former Homebase site, follows the recent opening of Hobbycraft and Pure Gym in revitalising the retail park.
Sainsbury’s had originally submitted plans for a new petrol filling station as part of the development.
But the firm then altered its scheme, instead opting for 14 ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging bays in the 388-space car park.
Under planning conditions set out by Sefton Council, the existing Sainsbury’s store at Great George’s Place, off Lord Street in Southport town centre, must remain for at least five years.
Sainsbury’s says it is “bringing its unbeatable combination of quality fresh food, competitive prices, innovative products and enthusiastic colleagues” to Southport.
The new supermarket will feature a wide range of products, including an extensive selection of fresh food, fruit and veg, food-to-go, cupboard staples and freshly baked goods.
It will also feature Sainsbury’s Habitat and Tu Clothing ranges, as well as a new Argos store.
The new superstore will rely on electricity that is 100% renewable and use 100% LED lighting throughout. It will also feature solar panels on the roof.