£19m store to open in summer

Talbot Gateway building works progress in Blackpool.
Talbot Gateway building works progress in Blackpool.
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A new £19m supermarket which is creating around 350 jobs in Blackpool will open in July, it has been revealed.

Sainsbury’s is set to take possession of its supermarket, which has been built as part of the first phase of the £220m Talbot Gateway Central Business District, on May 18 with the store scheduled to open its doors on July 23.

Staff have already been recruited and will now undertake training ahead of the opening.

The company will start to fit the store out once it is handed over to them, a process which is expected to take around 10 weeks.

A petrol station on Talbot Road, which has also been built as part of the development, will open on Monday.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration on Blackpool Council, said; “We are very much looking forward to the opening of Sainsbury’s.

“I would like to thank them for the co-operation they have had with the council in attracting employment for the Blackpool area.

“I believe a substantial number of staff who have been taken on are from the Blackpool area. They are permanent jobs which are needed in the town and it should invigorate that area of the town and bring new life to it.

“So this is very good news for Blackpool’s economy.”

New council offices have also been built as part of the regeneration scheme, being led by developer Muse, which is transforming 25-acre site between George Street, Buchanan Street, Cookson Street, Talbot Road and New Larkhill Street.

Construction work began on the new Sainsbury’s store in January last year.

At the peak of building work, 364 people were employed on the project as a whole which also includes new council offices, the refurbished Talbot Road multi-storey car park and infrastructure around the town centre.

Shepherd Construction has built the store.

The scheme also includes a two-storey car park providing 600 parking spaces.

The massive Talbot Gateway scheme is a long term plan which will see further phases built in the future.

Town hall chiefs are bringing in their workers from outlying offices to fill their new office building.

It is hoped this will help to boost the town’s economy.

Future phases could see investment in offices, more retail space and hotels as well as a transport interchange at Blackpool North station, potentially linked to a new tram route.