Sainsbury plan splits opinion

The now-closed Nursery World in Cleveleys
The now-closed Nursery World in Cleveleys
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PLANS to convert a former nursery store into a supermarket have been met with a mixed reaction.

J Sainsbury has submitted an application for a premises licence for the old Nursery World building in Cleveleys.

The supermarket is seeking approval for the sale of alcohol between 7am and 11pm daily for consumption off the premises.

Jane Lavender, of Visit Cleveleys, hopes the store will bring more footfall to a ‘quiet’ end of the Victoria Road West.

She said: “It’s good news really, it will bring people up to that end of the High Street.

“There are quite a few smaller shops up at the end that could benefit from the footfall.”

But Martin Hunns, of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade, said it could be one too many convenience stores.

He said: “We already have a Tesco and a Nisa, I’m not sure why we need a Sainsbury’s as well.

“I don’t like to see empty buildings but it would be nice to have an independent move in perhaps.

“We are all struggling at the moment, the Bank Holiday Weekend did not bring the money we were hoping. A Sainsbury’s might have a negative effect on other traders.”

The plans will be discussed by Wyre Council’s licensing committee later this month.