PLANS for a long-awaited new supermarket could soon take shape.
Sainsbury’s has owned land in Mold for the past two years but no development work has started on the the former Kwik Save site on Chester Road.
The company has given assurances it is keen to make progress on the plans and revealed it hopes to begin public consultation before submitting plans for development.
Jo Hawley, development surveyor for Sainsbury’s, said: “Sainsbury’s purchased the Mold site in 2011.
“We remain committed to developing a store in Mold.
“We have recently had further discussions with Flintshire Council with a view to beginning a public consultation programme early this year ahead of submitting a planning application for a new Sainsbury’s foodstore.”
No announcements have so far been made on how many jobs would be created if the supermarket opens.
The store is due to be built on the site of the old Kwik Save supermarket, with the land currently housing a Farmfoods supermarket.
Farmfoods has submitted an application to build a new store a short distance away at the Mold Ambulance Station site on Bypass Road.
It is expected this will replace the current store.
Mold councillor Chris Bithell hopes progress can soon be made on the new Sainsbury’s.
He said: “I am hopeful the new supermarket would provide a lot of jobs and can help bring people into Mold.
“We already have supermarkets nearby and there have been some concerns about traffic issues and it is important we look carefully at them.
“But I am hopeful we will soon see progress.
“I am also pleased to see Farmfoods plans to stay in the town.”