WORKERS are making progress on the expansion of a Scarborough supermarket’s flagship store.
The project to extend Proudfoot’s Newby store is now well underway, with visible advances on the new double land exit at the rear of the store.
The family-run supermarket chain was granted planning permission for a 23ft extension after members of the council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the application in November.
The development included the demolition of two houses, which contained four occupied ﬂats, to allow for a new double-lane vehicle exit at the rear of the shop.
Following the granting of planning permission demolition work started at the site in December.
Both houses have now been demolished and work is now underway to build the double land exit before the building itself is extended with the hope of creating a larger store which bosses say will be easier to run and easier for customers to use.
The development also features an extended loading bay and increased storage facilities and sales area, bringing the store to 23,000 sq ft in total over both ﬂoors.
Bosses at the store say they hope to have the extension completed at the latest by the end of May this year.
In the run-up to submitting the plans Proudfoot exhibited plans for the proposed scheme in the store from July 30 to August 10.
In total 178 responses were received which were classed as being “overwhelmingly in favour”.
The plans did however attract a total of six objections from near by residents concerned about traffic congestion caused by delivery vehicles and the “unnecessary loss” of residential property.
It is the fourth extension at the store, which opened in 1965 with 4,000sq metres and 27 car parking spaces.
Further extensions followed in 1977, 1994, and another in 2005.
The two houses which have been demolished were owned by the Proudfoot Group and follow four previous houses which were demolished on Scalby Road by the company to make way for the growing store.
The family-run business also has stores in Eastﬁeld and Seamer.