A SUPERMARKET giant is still committed to creating a controversial store, despite not yet submitting a much-anticipated planning application.
Sainsbury’s held two public consultations last year and made a presentation to Mold Town Council about its plans for a 43,000 square foot development on the town’s Chester Road.
But amid expectations that a planning application would quickly follow, councillors have criticised the retailer over a lack of communication since.
Sainsbury’s confirmed to the Leader it has not gone cold on the idea in a town which already has six other supermarkets.
Market traders believe the arrival of another could spell the end of their business, although Sainsbury’s claims to have 75 per cent support from townspeople and says it will not be deterred from coming to Mold.
“We’re currently working on a range of details to make sure our plans are exactly right for Mold.
“We hope to submit a planning application in the coming months,” a spokesman said.
“Sainsbury’s remains committed to bringing a new store to Mold. We will keep the community updated as our plans move forward.”
Word on the development has gone quiet ever since Sainsbury’s held two public consultations in November and met with councillors in Mold the following month.
Mold councillor Haydn Bateman said: “Sainsbury’s hasn’t really kept us in the loop of what is happening. The impression I got was they were ready to go ahead.
“We are really waiting to see what the final planning application includes when it is finally submitted.”
Sainsbury’s managers have previously stated the proposed store and linked petrol station could bring 300 jobs to the town.
Concerns about the effect on trade, increased traffic and overdevelopment have all been raised – although the retailer maintains the majority of people support the idea.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Since we began consulting on our plans in November last year, we’ve been really pleased with the response we’ve had.
“More than 1,000 local residents got in touch with us and over 75 per cent of those supported our proposals.”
Cllr Gareth Williams believes the application is “hanging in the wind” but says he considers the proposed development as a positive one for Mold despite the concerns of town traders.
“There is a seeming lack of communication,” he said.
“Sainsbury’s were expected to put an application in early spring.
“We haven’t heard anything since then so I don’t know what the problem is.
“I think we are all frustrated that things aren’t moving quicker but I don’t think market traders have anything to fear. The market is thriving and supermarkets tend to take business off each other.”