The first phase of a major expansion scheme at Scarborough’s Sainsbury’s store is set to be completed this week.
The supermarket’s new-look petrol station, off Falsgrave Road, will reopen on thursday (March 21) following a refurbishment.
It has been closed since January 7 while work on revamping the kiosk has been carried out and the petrol tanks under the forecourt replaced.
Supermarket bosses say the rest of the development is well underway, with warehouse buildings to the east of the store being demolished and work beginning inside the superstore.
Rob Brookes, Sainsbury’s store manager, said: “As people can see, we’re making good progress and the development is on track to be finished in the autumn.
“We’ve started work inside the store now and we’re working hard to reduce disruption for our customers. If anyone has any comments about how we’re doing, or can’t find a product they’re looking for, please do let me or one of my colleagues know and we will do what we can to help.”
Plans to significantly expand the supermarket were approved by Scarborough Council in 2011 after Sainsbury’s amended its original application following feedback from residents.
An extra level will built inside the shop and the ground floor will also be expanded, creating an additional 33,900 sq ft of retail space.
The scheme, which will also see a new cafe, bakery, pharmacy and electrical department installed, is expected to create 85 new jobs.
Pedestrians and cyclists will soon be able to access the store from Commercial Street following the creation of a new walkway. Work to demolish an empty building on the street to make way for the path will begin next month.
Mr Brookes added: “I would like to thank our neighbours and customers for their patience throughout the work and I look forward to welcoming people to a new and improved store in the autumn.”
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