A NEW Sainsbury’s store is on track to open in Blackpool in March creating up to 25 jobs.
Construction work is well underway on the site on Whitegate Drive after the former Belle Vue garage was demolished to make way for the £500,000 redevelopment.
It will be the first Sainsbury’s Local store in the town although the supermarket chain has operated a full size store in Bispham for many years.
Sainsbury’s Local is the company’s convenience brand.
A spokeswoman for the chain said: “We are delighted to be opening our first Sainsbury’s Local in Blackpool in early March bringing jobs and investment to the town.
“The new convenience store will improve the choice available to local shoppers and will appeal to both residents and students from the nearby college.
“We know from our customers that they like the convenience of being able to top up their shopping locally and the fresh and affordable ranges that these stores offer.
“We’re looking forward to opening the new store and to becoming an active party of the local community.”
There will be between 20 and 25 new full and part-time jobs created with staff expected to be recruited locally.
Prices in the new store will be slightly higher than in the supermarket.
The spokesman added: “Prices in Sainsbury’s Locals, which are consistent across the country, are slightly higher than in our supermarkets because their central locations and longer trading hours result in higher rents, delivery and employment costs.
“We have found that our customers appreciate the service offered by our convenience stores and are prepared to pay a small premium in return.
“In addition, we compare our convenience store prices with those of our competitors in order to remain competitive.”
The arrival of a new food store has been welcomed.
Eric Doddemeade, chairman of the Belle Vue Neighbourhood Watch and Residents Association, said he believed the scheme was a welcome investment in the area.
He said: “Belle Vue garage had become quite rundown so it’s good to see it replaced by something that’s a welcome investment and good competition.
“It’s the right kind of foodstore and will give residents more choice.
“The only thing that might be a negative is the parking.
“I would like to see an arrangement made with the Belle Vue Pub. I’m sure during the day, part of it could be given over to shoppers.”
The work is being carried out by North West building firm Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) in partnership with Windmill Investments.