The former Booths store on Highfield Road, South Shore, is being demolished to make way for a housing development.
Pete Marquis Contractors is carrying out the work.. It is the same company which demolished the tower at the former National Savings site on Mythop Road earlier this year. But where that project involved using explosives to bring down the main structure, the supermarket building is being dismantled using machinery. The work is expected to be completed by mid June.
The Lancashire-based retailer closed the branch in summer 2015 when it opened a new store on Heyhouses Lane in St Annes.
The site has planning permission in place for 22 houses and 10 flats, including some affordable housing, and the scheme also includes a convenience store. Blackpool-based Melrose Homes is set to redevelop the site. Access to the new housing estate will be from Marshdale Road. The homes will be a mixture of two and three-bedroom properties, plus one with four bedrooms, arranged as terraces and semi-detached buildings. There will also be two blocks of two-bedroom apartments.The convenience store is expected to be built at the junction of Highfield Road and Marshdale Road, which has been judged to be the most convenient location in terms of access.
Peter Marquis said: “We are carrying out a machine demolition on behalf of Melrose Homes and expect to be on site for about a month in total, finishing by mid June. “It is a straight forward job and all the rubble is being recycled on site.” Stanley ward councillors have previously welcomed the redevelopment, particularly the inclusion of a retail store, although the operator is not known as yet.