Sainsbury’s has confirmed they are to push forward with plans to build a new superstore in Colwick after listening to calls from Gedling Borough Council and Vernon Coaker MP to invest in the borough.
The retailer contacted Vernon Coaker’s office and Gedling Borough Council to say that they wanted to build a new store on the Colwick Industrial Estate by 2020, after carrying out an internal review of the scheme.
Vernon Coaker MP, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke and Chief Executive, John Robinson have been pushing for Sainsbury’s to consider the Colwick Industrial site as part of the council’s economic development strategy that includes development of the old industrial site.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “This is great news for the borough and we welcome Sainsbury’s decision to invest in Gedling in the coming years. This news opens other doors to develop the rest of the site which will bring jobs and economic growth to the area. It just shows that with a bit of tenacity we can get the big employers to listen and take note that Gedling is the place to be if you’re looking to grow your business.”
Vernon Coaker MP also welcomed the news: “The hard work by Gedling Borough Council has paid off, and Sainsbury’s commitment to the development of the Colwick site is great news – for the whole area, for jobs and for future prosperity. I am sure it will lead to further investment which we all welcome.
“I will continue to do all I can, along with the Council, to get this project up and running as soon as we possibly can – and to work on the other projects in the pipeline to ensure they move forward.”