Building work of Colwick’s new Sainsbury’s store is continuing as the popular retailer prepares to open for business this year.
The steel frame for the new store went up this week after the foundations were been completed and is expected to be finalised nby mid-June. Works wil then begin to install the cladding, roofing and glazing.
Local councillors were invited to attend the site and meet with representatives from the Sainsbury’s property team and their contractors to mark the milestone in the major build.
Sainsbury’s Property Director Patrick Dunne talked through the multi-million pound local investment alongside Sainsbury’s head of construction Tony Mars and Sainsbury’s Project Manager for the store, Carl Chapman.
Attendees on Tuesday included Deputy Mayor of Gedling and Colwick Councillor Meredith Lawrence, Leader of Gedling Borough Council Councillor John Clarke and Gedling Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Growth and Regeneration Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth.
The new store will provide an impressive selection of food and non-food products for local people, including Sainsbury’s popular Tu clothing range and Habitat home products. There will also be an Argos store inside the store.
A large car park with electric charging points is being constructed along with a new six pump petrol filling station. The store will also service online orders from the community.
The new Sainsbury’s will bring a considerable number of new and ongoing employment opportunities to the local community, with over 150 people across a variety of roles and levels working from the store.
The new supermarket is also supporting hundreds of jobs during construction, with over 550 tradespeople expected to work on site over the course of the development.
Sainsbury’s property director Patrick Dunne said: “I know the community will really enjoy seeing their new store come out of the ground over the coming weeks.
“We’re proud of this major investment into the local area and will continue to keep everyone updated on this exciting new store, including how to join the local colleague team.”
Gedling Borough councillor for Colwick Meredith Lawrence said: “The local community is set for an all new shopping experience. This is a great asset to Colwick and it’s very pleasing to see Sainsbury’s invest millions into our community. I look forward to meeting the new store team and celebrating the store’s launch with them later in the year.”
Leader of Gedling Borough Council Councillor John Clarke said:“It’s wonderful to see this site being brought to life and I wish the Sainsbury’s team all the best as work continues. This new store will give a real boost to local employment opportunities and I look forward to seeing the doors open to customers as soon as possible.”
Gedling Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and regeneration Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth said: “This significant investment is a shot in the arm for our local community.
“It will be very exciting to have the newest Sainsbury’s supermarket in the country right here in Colwick for our residents to enjoy.”
Sainsbury’s say they will also play an active role in the local community and support Sainsbury’s nationwide community programmes and charity partners.
In January Sainsbury’s also announced an additional £1 million community fund for stores to donate to charities and other good causes in their local areas. This follows Sainsbury’s ‘Help Brighten a Million Christmases’ campaign that raised £6 million in December for over 800 local charity partners, Comic Relief and FairShare.