Sainsbury’s Is Coming To Town
Supermarket plans to develop the old Burger King on North Road
For those of you who can’t stand Tesco there is finally light on the horizon! According to The Northern Echo, Sainsbury’s is about to get the all clear to build a store in Durham City Centre. The supermarket chain only needs the permission of Durham County Council in order to convert 3 North Road, which previously held Burger King with Cinnamon Indian restaurant above it.
A spokesman for the council said that planning officers would reach a final decision by Tuesday 18th February, for the store that would be open from 7am-11pm seven days a week.
The plans have the backing of many local councillors, including David Freeman (councillor of Elvet and Gilesgate) who stated that Sainsbury’s ambition is “to be welcomed. It will occupy a shop unit which has been empty since last year and helps in regenerating the area.”
WYG Planning and Environment also supported the proposal, saying that “the proposed change of use will secure a long-term use for the unit, assisting to maintain and enhance the vitality and viability of the city centre” and that “the proposals presented are considered to be a positive addition to the city and street scene and comply with council policy.”
It is hoped that the new store will benefit local shoppers and residents and that the evening economy of the area can be preserved.