Update: £20m New Southport Sainbury’s store plan ‘will create 400 jobs’

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Up to four hundred jobs could be created after £20m plans for a new food superstore were announced.

Sainsbury’s want to redevelop the existing Homebase store on Meols Cop Retail Park Southport.

The supermarket giant and UBS, the owner of the Retail Park, confirmed they will be submitting a joint planning application in the coming months.

It’s understood the planning proposals will include demolishing the three existing units – with the area re-developed to include a supermarket on the first floor, a car park beneath and a petrol filling station.

Andrew Sanderson, regional development manager for Sainsbury’s, said: “The opportunity to create a new Sainsbury’s foodstore is an exciting one for Sainsbury’s and the local community.

“This store will bring more choice to the town.”

The proposed store will be in addition to the existing Sainsbury’s supermarket at Lord Street, which the company said it is “committed to and shall remain open.”

The Homebase will also stay open throughout the planning process, after which the Formby store will become the company’s main outlet in Sefton.

Supermarket chiefs said they will be consulting Southport residents about the scheme  through a series of public exhibitions to be held on March 21 and 22.

The plans will go on display at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Folkestone Road, on March 21 from 11am-7pm and on March 22 from 10am-4pm.

But the announcement has sparked fears about the number of supermarket giants in the area.

Tesco – which recently expanded to 11 stores in the Southport area – has an 80,000sqft store over the road from the proposed Sainsbury’s.

And last month Sefton’s planners gave permission for a Sainsbury’s Local store on Bispham Road.

MP, Dr John Pugh, said that the town runs the risk of 90% of sales going to supermarkets.

He added: “The big concern is that it will move footfall from the town centre and if that is the case we have a big problem.

“My instinct is that we cannot just let supermarket bosses shape our future.”

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