By James Poole
A Sainsbury’s Local store looks set to open on Durham city centre’s North Road, placing it in direct competition with the existing Tesco Express store.
After the closure of both Burger King and the Cinnamon Indian restaurant, Sainsbury’s hopes to fill the currently empty shop unit at 3 North Road.
Planning officers are due to meet on Tuesday 18th February where they will give a final verdict on whether or not the plans will go ahead.
The store, which would open from 7am until 11pm seven days a week, has already won the approval of one Durham County Councillor, David Freeman.
He said that: “The opening of Sainsbury’s in what used to be Burger King in North Road is to be welcomed.
“It will occupy a shop unit which has been empty since last year and helps in regenerating the area.”
WYG Planning and Environment agents added that the development would “provide a high quality convenience store to the benefit of local shoppers and residents, extending the use of the area beyond normal retail opening hours.
“The proposed change of use and installation of an ATM with associated bollards and alterations to the shop front would secure a long-term use for the unit, maintaining and enhancing the vitality and viability of the city centre.”
The opening of another convenience store on North Road would bring Sainsbury’s total number of ‘Local’ stores to just under 600.
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