Sainsbury’s sets date for Welwyn Garden City store revamp

A SUPERMARKET will close down next month as demolition work begins ahead of a multi-million pound revamp.

Sainsbury’s in Church Road, WGC, will shut its doors on Tuesday, August 24 with work starting immediately.

A temporary shop will open the following day at the former Colanders shop, next to Blockbuster at 30 Howardsgate until the new superstore, which will be four times its current size, opens in autumn 2011.

The start of work comes after years of planning applications, public consultations and delays and will be a welcome relief to many, who feel the surrounding area of the town centre has been allowed to deteriorate.

The current workforce of 83 has been offered work at other stores, in the temporary shop or redundancy.

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The new expanded store will employ 350 staff, in both full and part-time roles.

Sainsbury’s project manager Paul Tyler said: “I’m delighted we are now able to announce the programme for the redevelopment of our WGC store.

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“The temporary store will allow us to provide our customers with continued service while the new store is built.

“The result will be a store that regenerates this area of the city centre and provides customers with an excellent shopping experience and a wide range of quality products when it reopens in 2011.”

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