Sainsbury's to submit plans for large supermarket in Southwell, near the rugby club
Sainsbury's is set to submit plans for a large store in a town with just one supermarket, a Co-op, to its name.
The proposals will be submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council in the next few weeks.
The store, which would be on land off Park Lane, Southwell, near Southwell Rugby Club, would bring with it an estimated 40 in-store jobs — as well as extra local jobs during the construction stage — and 109 carparking spaces.
A bus stop would be a two-minute walk away.
Sainsbury's said it would be a neighbourhood hub store. This means customers can browse a larger selection of products in a larger variety of sizes, such as more meat and fish products, a wider selection of vegetarian and vegan options, new meal kit ranges, flower bouquets and cosmetics.
The chain wrote in its newsletter that 75% of Southwell residents currently leave the town to do their main food shop.
"The store would directly support local businesses and retailers," it said.
"It would enable people to complete their shopping in Southwell, rather than travelling further afield to Newark, Nottingham or Mansfield — thereby retaining expenditure in Southwell which is currently being lost to other areas."
The plans also include an in-store Argos Click & Collect service, which would bring together the brands of Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu Clothing under one roof.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: "We are pleased to announce our plans to expand our neighbourhood hub store concept to Southwell.
"Our neighbourhood hub stores are a food-led extension of our renowned convenience offer and are set up to serve more comprehensive shopping missions thanks to their unique size and location.
"The brand new store would generate new jobs for the community, while also substantially improving food choice for local people.
"Our proposed store would incorporate a number of sustainability elements to ensure that it was a store built for the future, which is a part of our wider strategy to become a net zero business by 2040.
"Our plans for the store have been sensitively designed to ensure the store would be well screened by both the natural topography of the land and the retention and enhancement of the established tree line around the site.
"We are committed to serving, supporting and investing in Southwell and would welcome the views of the local community on our proposals so that we can deliver the best possible store."
More information on the proposals can be found at www.sainsburys-southwell.co.uk.