PLANS to build a new supermarket have taken another step forward after it was announced work was to begin on the first part of its development.
When councillors granted permission for supermarket firm Sainsbury’s to build a new multi-million pound store off Berwyn Street, Llangollen, in 2012, some warned the development would “divide” the community.
Now 15 months on work to free up the planned shop site – on the current factory site of printers Dobson and Crowther’s – for development is imminent and building work on the supermarket is said to only be seven months away.
Ross Developments Ltd, said it is starting work on Dobson and Crowther’s replacement printworks factory this month, freeing up its current site for the supermarket build.
The printing company’s new factory must be built before work begins on the 3,205 sq m supermarket.
Company bosses said the supermarket build would create 130 new jobs for Llangollen, while the new printworks will secure about 100 jobs for Dobson and Crowther, Llangollen’s biggest employer.
Workers are due to commence construction works on the new printworks this month.
It is anticipated the first phase will take about seven months to complete and the construction on the new food store site will start in the second half of the year, once Dobson and Crowther has moved over to its new premises.
Paul Holden, of Dobson and Crowther, said: “The workforce are thrilled by the prospects of moving into a brand new factory and the benefits this will bring to the business. We are all looking forward to a busy but exciting year.”
Nick Scott, of J Ross Developments Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be starting on site with this exciting project and look forward to working with the councils to minimise any disruption during the course of construction.”
The planning application was met by strong opposition from some local traders and food producers when it was considered by Denbighshire Council in 2012, who argued a supermarket could hit smaller town businesses.
Others welcomed the jobs boost.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said it was looking forward to working with Llangollen and providing employment in the area.
Joanne Hawley, Sainsbury’s development surveyor, said: “We are delighted to be coming to Llangollen and are looking forward to opening the new Sainsbury’s food store.
“We will continue talking to local people about how Sainsbury’s can work together with all Llangollen town centre stakeholders and we will be starting to recruit new colleagues ahead of the store opening in 2015.”
Llangollen councillor Stuart Davies said: “I am very pleased to see the plans coming to fruition.
“I fully supported this development at the planning committee realising that it was going to safeguard existing jobs and create new ones.”