Sainsbury’s set to unveil plans for Gorleston store
11:02 02 October 2012
Shoppers can get their first glimpse of what the new Sainsbury’s store planned for Gorleston could look like at open meetings later this month.
The retail giant is holding two public exhibitions in the town and residents are invited to have their say about the proposed new store, which is set to create more than 300 jobs in the area.
The familiar orange-branded chain announced in August that it wanted to build a new store in Beacon Park and bosses have already reached an agreement with Great Yarmouth Borough Council over plans, and are hoping to submit a formal application by the end of the year.
Sainsbury’s staff, who are working on the Gorleston project, will be on hand during the public exhibitions and will be keen to seek out residents’ views about the new store.
Robert Oxley, development executive at Sainsbury’s, said: “Sainsbury’s have been working hard on the proposals for the Gorleston store at Beacon Park to ensure we bring forward a development that residents of Gorleston want to see in their town.
“The proposals have been designed to give shoppers greater quality and choice as well as complement the council’s vision for the Beacon Park Enterprise Zone.”
The council’s masterplan for Beacon Park aims to make the area a flourishing retail spot, with Sainsbury’s sitting alongside other stores providing a mix of shops that residents can get to on foot, rather than having to rely on their cars.
The proposed 47,000 sq ft supermarket is set to include a wide range of food and drink, an in store cafe, petrol station and car park with 550 spaces.
Mr Oxley added: “We look forward to showing the people of Gorleston these plans at the exhibitions in the coming days and I would like to encourage as many local people to attend and tell us what they think about our proposals.”
The exhibitions are being held on Friday, October 19 from 11am - 6pm at the Travelodge in Sidegate Lane, Beacon Park and on Saturday, October 20 from 10am - 3.30pm at Gorleston library in Lowestoft Road.