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Sainsbury’s deal means new jobs for Hebden Bridge

December 6th, 2013

Leeds-based Eshton Gregory Ltd has secured a deal to develop a Sainsbury’s Local store on the ‘Old Fire Station’ site in Hebden Bridge.

The property investment and development company acquired the 0.25 acre site in 2007, demolishing the existing former fire station and operating the site as a car park until development plans were finalised.

Construction will begin on the project early in the new year and, once completed, the new store is expected to bring 20 new full and part-time jobs to the town.

Explains managing director of the Eshton, James Chapman.  “We are delighted that Sainsbury’s has now earmarked the Old Fire Station plot for a new store, which will take advantage of the site’s excellent location in the centre of Hebden Bridge.

“Attracting such a major supermarket chain to Hebden Bridge will both create sustainable jobs and provide a more diverse range of retail choices for the local area.”

Paul Sellers, Regional Acquisition Manager for Sainsbury’s said: “We are very much looking forward to opening a new store in Hebden Bridge. Our store will provide additional choice, a convenient way for local people to top up their weekly shop. It will also create 20 full and part-time jobs. It’s an excellent opportunity to bring back to life this vacant building in the heart of the village, and we look forward to welcoming customers to our new store in due course.”

The new store will follow the Sainsbury’s Local format with food, household and alcohol retail along with a hot food counter. The store will occupy the ground floor level and half of the first floor level. Eshton also has planning permission for five townhouses at the rear of the plot which will be developed as a separate project.

James Chapman added: “The project will be going out to tender shortly and we look forward to starting work as soon as the delivery team are in place.”

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