Work to extend Scarborough’s Sainsbury’s store and create 85 new jobs is set to start in the new year.
The refurbishment of the store’s petrol station, off Falsgrave Road, is the first phase of the project to get underway with work starting on January 7.
The petrol station will be closed during the refurbishment, opening again in March next year.
Demolition of the buildings to the east of the store will start in late February to make way for the store extension and colleague car park.
Store manager Rob Brookes said: “I am looking forward to the year ahead and can’t wait for the plans to start to take shape over the coming months.
“We’ve been planning to upgrade the store for a number of years now so it’s fantastic that work is finally about to begin, there’s a real buzz amongst colleagues who are excited about the new store.
“We will work hard to maintain the best shopping experience for our customers throughout the works. The end result will be a Sainsbury’s store that I will be proud to manage.”
Scarborough Council approved the plans in 2011 after Sainsbury’s redesigned their original plans following feedback from the local community.
It is anticipated the new store will be open before Christmas 2013.