Asda, Morrisons, the Co-op - now Sainsbury’s has become the fourth supermarket to set its sights on Norwich in the last four months.

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The Evening News has learnt that the supermarket chain hopes to open a city centre store on St Stephens Street, with plans submitted to Norwich City Council to sell alcohol from 6am to midnight.

If the proposal goes ahead numbers 9 to 13 on St Stephens Street - Millets and the Cardzone - will be turned into a Sainsbury’s Local store.

No planning application has been submitted but Sainsbury’s has applied to the council for an alcohol licence.

It would be the fourth supermarket in the area, sitting almost opposite the Tesco Express on Westlegate and near Iceland and Marks and Spencer.

John Green, from Green’s newsagents on All Saints Green, said: “We’ve survived Tesco moving in but it doesn’t make things easy. I’m hoping it will just affect the Tesco.”

The new shop would also be a stone’s throw from the large Sainsbury’s store on Queen’s Road.

Staff at Millets said the store had been on St Stephens Street since the 1950s and they only found out about Sainsbury’s plans when notices from Norwich City Council were put up in their shop on Thursday about the licensing application.

Staff at Cardzone were also unaware that their lease was running out.

It is not known when the Millets or Cardzone leases run out on the building, which is owned by Aviva.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are pleased to confirm that Sainsbury’s is pursuing plans to open a Sainsbury’s Local on St Stephens Street.

“The shop will offer a wide range of Sainsbury’s products in a convenient location. Subject to the necessary permissions, the shop could be open later this year.”

The application comes months after Morrisons announced they were planning to build a superstore on Aylsham Road.

The Co-op is also understood to be interested in the former Millhouse pub, off Laundry Lane, in Thorpe St Andrew, while Asda is expected to build a huge store off Hall Road, Tuckswood later this year, after their planning application was approved by the council in December at the second time of asking.

People have until February 6 to make their views on the Sainsbury’s application by writing to Norwich City Council, Licensing section, City Hall, St Peter Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH or by calling 01603 212761.

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10 comments

  • That's so funny as it wasn't that long ago they had a store on St.Stephens.

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    kevin spilling

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I would rather see a sainsbury local than more empty soul destroying shops, any tennant in the city is preferable than boarded up graffiti covered shops!, Its nice to see competition for the likes of Tesco, hopefully it will become a reality.

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    wickobi

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Oh no! I thought it was actually in Southwold, with one of those tubes connecting it to send goods and change to Norwich. And Costa Coffee. Costa del Southwold. Bennidumb. Norwich is morphing into Gotham City, without Batman.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Millets are shutting shops in other parts of the country as well.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Burning Spear, I have no objections to new shops, but in all honesty do we need yet another supermarket. We have Sainsburys Queens Road, Tesco Express on Westlegate, M&S Food Hall, Tesco Metro (Guildhall).

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    chebram71

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • As there is a main Sainsburys on Queens Road, I do not see why this is needed. The main store is open until 10pm Mon-Sat anyway. Unless Sainsburys has inside info from the Councils about St Stephens becoming Pedestrian zoneBus lane only area, then there maybe some logic behind it.

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Talk amongst yourselves if it makes you feel safe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Chebram 71, you don't need inside info regarding St. Stephen's, news reports have said it's likely it will be closed to all vehicles except buses. Why would people be annoyed about a Sainsbury there? Better that than nothing. At least Sainsbury has quality standards, unlike it's blue and white rival. It will make a pleasant change that a new, small supermarket chain's store isn't yet another bl**dy Tesco!

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    Burning Spear

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Soon theese shops be open 247 for cheap. booze.no cut backs on this

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • With the price of the rents and rates in the High Streets, these large companies are the only ones that can afford to be there. I'd love to see more smaller local businesses opening up but the private and council landlords need to do their bit to try and boost the economic problems.

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    CityBoi

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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